People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is upset over HBO’s “Silicon Valley” showing a horse sex scene and liken it to an “arranged rape.”
A spokesperson with PETA responded to the horse sex scene that aired Sunday night, “It may seem fun, but the mares are tethered during the process with no means of escape and the stallions are put on a lead rope and dragged to the mares to be mounted,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Neither the stallions or the mares have any choice, it’s assembly line breeding for profit,” PETA said. “There’s an overpopulation crisis in racing as most horses will not win races, and are therefore discarded and sent on hideous journeys by truck in all-weather to Mexico or Canada to be turned into meat.”
During the shoot the American Humane Association was on set and gave their “no animals were harmed” during the filming label. A spokesperson for the group said the horse shots were filmed “naturally, documentary style, on an actual horse breeding farm with no interference with the animals in any way by production.”
There was also reportedly a decision made by HBO to include more horse porn after the VP of programming requested additional shots.
“I actually have an email from [vice president of programming] Amy Gravitt where she said, ‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but can we have more screen time with the horses having sex,'” show creator Mike Judge said to the Hollywood Reporter. “So we put in more shots.”