PETA Accuses 'Silicon Valley' of "Arranged Rape" over "Horse Porn" Scene

PETA Accuses 'Silicon Valley' of "Arranged Rape" over "Horse Porn" Scene
HBO's Silicon Valley is back with its third season, and the show is already jam-packed with ridiculous situations and crude humour. Over the weekend, an episode featured an extremely graphic sex scene between two horses, and now PETA is pissed.

The animal rights group issued a statement that chastised the show's producers, despite the fact that the American Humane Association was on hand to make sure no animals were harmed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they likened the "horse porn" scene to "arranged rape."

Extrapolating on their position, PETA spokesperson Lisa Lange said, "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. Neither the stallions or the mares have any choice, it's assembly line breeding for profit.... 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."

Despite PETA's concerns, the show's Mike Judge told THR that HBO was very stoked on the horseplay. "I actually have an email from [senior vp comedy 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?'" he said. "So we put in more shots."

The American Humane Association's Mark Stubis added that the horse sex scenes were filmed "naturally, documentary style, on an actual horse breeding farm with no interference with the animals in any way by production."