Here’s what some TV viewers don’t like: Zombies when watching commercials for the lottery and men stabbing men in the shower instead of stabbing women.

The website Dread Central alerted me to a highly entertaining set of public documents from the FCC listing complaints of concerned citizens angered enough by what they saw on TV to demand action.

This set of complaints was all about the long-running AMC zombie series “The Walking Dead,” which has the highly improbable premise that a virus runs amuck around the world and … maybe not so highly improbable.

This virus, instead of dividing the populace into those who wear masks and those who don’t, divides it into the living and the living dead. So, it’s about the same.

For anyone not familiar with the show, it’s gory, violent and profane, everything one would expect from something called “The Walking Dead.”

A couple of concerned citizens demanding action from the FCC weren’t concerned about the content, just the commercials between the blood-letting. Here’s one:

“I was watching The Walking Dead on AMC’s streaming platform. The commercials are at a significantly higher volume than the program itself,” writes a viewer. “Please force AMC to lower the volume on their commercials to the same level of their programs.”

Several viewers were appalled “The Walking Dead” joined forces with the N.C. State Lottery for a special zombie-themed scratch-off promotion.

Here is one of the complaints, which makes a valid point:

“The commercial advertises a lottery scratch off game with a theme related to the TV show ‘The Walking Dead.’ In the commercial a person breaks off a human finger from a human hand (a zombie) and uses it to scratch off a lottery ticket. I have no problems with someone watching ‘The Walking Dead’ for example if they choose to, but a commercial that can be seen randomly throughout the day by young children and other sensitive viewers is distressing. I am a 48-year-old former law enforcement officer who regularly saw dismembered body parts at accidents and crime scenes, I found the imagery disturbing and I feel it is inappropriate for use in a commercial on regular TV.”

Setting aside for a moment the questionable taste of the commercial and when it aired, what kind of hellhole did this guy work where he “regularly saw dismembered body parts at accidents and crime scenes?”

Is “regularly” once a day? Three or four times a day? It has to be stressful working in such an accident-prone and crime-ridden city. At least in North Carolina he is able, if he so chooses, to forget about his troubles while indulging in harmless and wholesome state-sponsored gambling. Or at least he could before it was ruined by zombies.

Remember, friends, if you don’t like something on TV, don’t change the channel or turn it off and do something crazy like read a book. Complain to the FCC and demand action.

Scott Hollifield is editor/GM of The McDowell News in Marion, N.C., and a humor columnist. Contact him at

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