2 Broke Girls' Sex and Race Jokes Rack Up FCC Complaints From Viewers

Jokes about anal sex, vagina references and more are not sitting well with viewers of the CBS sitcom

By Chris Harnick Jan 03, 2014 7:43 PMTags
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2 Broke Girls is known for its bawdy comedy; it has plenty of sex jokes and racial stereotypes worked into episodes—and those jokes aren't sitting that well with some viewers.

According to GovernmentAttic.org, 91 viewer complaints regarding the popular CBS sitcom have been filed with the Federal Communications Commission over the last two years.

Complaints have included instances of "vulgar language and inappropriate sexual references," charges of the show being "soft porn" and overuse of the word "vagina."

"I do not watch much of CBS programs because of the constant sexual innuendo & language and can't understand why the government over site [sic] is so loose on what can be seen and said on regular TV," a viewer from Massachusetts wrote to the FCC.

A November 2012 episode of the comedy rubbed many viewers the wrong way thanks to references to anal sex. "Two casual references suggesting anal sex on a first date," a viewer in Indiana wrote. "Are there no standards anymore on broadcast television?"

Now in its third season, 2 Broke Girls has done well for ratings champ CBS. Its last new episode in December 2013 had 7.6 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The show hails from Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings and stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs.

Prior to its premiere, 2 Broke Girls came under fire by TV critics for its use of stereotypes and crass humor. A Television Critics Association panel in 2011 became heated as critics challenged King and the producers over the comedy.

"I don't find it offensive, any of this," King said in 2011. "I find it comic to take everyone down…being a comedy writer gives you permission to be an outsider and poke fun at other people…I think our jokes are classy-dirty."

GovernmentAttic.org also posted the FCC complaints for CBS's Two and a Half Men.

Comment from CBS was not immediately returned.