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Read The FCC Complaints About “Mr. Robot” Gay Sex Scene

"There was thrusting, nudity and sounds of fluid transfer."

USA’s Mr. Robot has been a sleeper hit with critics and fans this season, garnering a growing fan base and positive reviews. But some viewers got their circuits in a bunch over the show’s equal opportunity depictions of hetero and homosexual sex.

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The FCC received some complaints about the show, which is admittedly pretty adult. Most were directed at an episode in which E Corp vice-president Tyrell (Martin Walström) seduced a assistant (Mitchell Winter) to get into his apartment and plant spyware.

Martin Walstrom and Mitchell Winter in Mr Robot
Martin Walstrom and Mitchell Winter in Mr Robot
Martin Walstromin Mr Robot

“The show looked interesting so we watched parts of three episodes,” said a viewer in Carpinteria, California. “If this was a movie it would be rated R or worse. Blatant drug use, nudity, homosexual acts, bondage, not mention criminal hacking!”

Funny how you kept going back to the show—three episodes!—before you summoned enough outrage to notify the FCC.

Another person wrote, “This episode showed 2 men having sex. Was very graphic having sex doggy style. My 11 year old son was watching this show.”

Others seems to think the FCC cares about USA’s ratings: “The USA Network deeply offended me and my family with this explicit showing of gay male sodomy. We will not be watching.”

And there’s this: “Both men could be seen clearly, with only their groin areas omitted. (But bare bottoms were showing.) They were shown in the heat of passion.”

The heat of passion? Dear lord, get us some smelling salts and a fainting chair.

One viewer called the scene, “disgusting, inflammatory, and just plain filthy,” yet had no comments about the graphic heterosexual love scenes on the show. Surprising, now?

This one is our favorite, though:

My family does not think that the TV show Mr. Robot should be on TV with all the graphic drug scenes and gay sex.

We were quite shocked with the latest episode showing the temp CTO butt F’ing a subordinate employee. The dialog afterwards was just as bad as if the CTO would have said ’Take a shower and clean up the shit’ I was disgusting.

We’re pretty sure he meant “I was disgusted,” but we decided to leave it as is.

We’re not too worried these citations will mean less sex in Season 2. As the FCC itself points out in one response (yes, they do respond), “the FCC cannot restrict non-broadcast (cable) programming.”

Go to Scribd for full documentation of the complaints, and then bingewatch Mr. Robot.

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