First it was the Simpsons caving to the PC gestapo, now it’s
Family Guy. It turns out that the most “envelope-pushing,”
politically incorrect champions of the entertainment industry have a breaking
point after all. And that breaking point
is wherever the modern Viceroys of Virtue Signaling tell them it has to be.
Jokes about fat people, Christians, rape, bestiality,
stalking, and infanticide are totally cool.
But homosexuality? Too far. Seeing what has recently happened to long-standing
comedy giants like Kevin Hart for having told a gay joke at one point in his
life, it’s certainly understandable why Seth MacFarlane would be running
scared. He might want to host the Oscars
But what makes this capitulation so embarrassing is the hilariously
desperate way the executive producers try to pretend this is totally not them being pushed
around. This was completely their call…seriously…no
question about it…they totes just decided mutually that gay jokes were way too
low brow for their sophisticated comedy.
Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin told Deadline’s sister publication TV Line that the long-running show is evolving, although still decidedly politically incorrect. The Seth MacFarlane series features the adventures of the Griffin family of Quahog, R.I.,
“If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they’re going to have a few differences,” Sulkin said. “Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.”
Appel said that any show on the air 20 years (Family Guy first aired on Jan. 31, 1999), “the culture changes. And it’s not us reacting and thinking, “They won’t let us [say certain things].” No, we’ve changed too. The climate is different, the culture is different and our views are different. They’ve been shaped by the reality around us, so I think the show has to shift and evolve in a lot of different ways.”
Reading this, I can’t really tell if this is Appel and
Sulkin trying to convince themselves or trying to convince us of this utter nonsense. When, pray tell, has “the climate” (whatever
that means) made it acceptable to joke about throwing a baby in a dumpster at
prom, someone with Parkinson’s Disease spilling their wine, racial stereotypes,
or killing an infant by shaking him to death?
The absurdity of it all wasn’t lost on fans reacting to the
“Yeah, the best way to show people that they are accepted and just like everyone else is to single them out for special treatment. How postmodern.”
“Now I know we are screwed, when an equal opportunity mocker is obliged to hold its punches because……diversity.
I hope they now with-hold humor derived at suburban wives with alcohol dependency issues, teen girls with esteem issues, neighbors with speech impediments (giggetty), disabled people, people of color, teen boys with unhealthy relationships with pedophile neighbors……and pedophiles themselves. Lookin’ forward to THAT show.”
“Omg that’s the fun of it all making jokes about people. Boring.”
MacFarlane has fended off protestors of various religious
groups, AIDS charity promoters, and a slew of other social justice-conscious
protestors, all in the name of comedy. But
it was only a matter of time before he and his team were brought to their
knees. Really the only question for many
of us was which SJW-approved, perpetually-offended, protected class would be
the one to claim Peter Griffin’s scalp.
Whoever had money on the LGBT lobby, take a bow and collect
your winnings. Family Guy has surrendered.