Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has banned trailers for Paramount-owned Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and South Park because of “graphic sexual” and “offensive” language.
Even though both trailers aired after the watershed period of 9 pm when more adult-like content is allowed to be shown, the regulator deemed them unsuitable for audiences since viewers “do not choose to watch promotions for programmes” and therefore cannot “make informed choices to avoid offensive material.”
The trailer for Schumer’s show featured a conversation between her and Zach Braff, who plays her husband, as they make references to the sexual acts the two plan to do later.
South Park’s trailer featured a song promoting the show’s new season and cited clips from previous episodes, including one that depicts Santa Claus being tortured and another that shows the character Butters standing with a group of prostitutes.
Ofcom also said that the trailers aired during shows including Friends and Two and a Half Men, noting that viewers likely wouldn’t expect to see such graphic content in between these sitcoms.