Family Guy fiasco

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In a recent interview with TVLine, the “Family Guy” creators said they have been phasing out gay jokes, along with other offensive jokes. After this, social media was flooded with people who were angry with the creators’ choices to do so.

Lots of people said the show will now be too politically correct, that gay people are too sensitive or that jokes are just jokes. But, I think there are a few things these people aren’t seeing.

First of all, I think what the “Family Guy” creators said in their interview was taken out of context.

The interview was set up after an episode of “Family Guy” where the characters Peter Griffin and President Donald Trump fight. During the fight, Trump says to Peter, “Many children have learned their favorite Jewish, black and gay jokes by watching your show over the years.” Peter responds by saying, “In fairness, we’ve been trying to phase out the gay stuff.”

So, in the interview the creators are asked if they really have tried to phase gay jokes out. Executive producers Alec Sulkin and Rich Appel say that they have. They say, though, that they’ve always done this, so it isn’t anything new.

“It’s almost unique to ‘Family Guy,’ though…,” Appel said in the interview with TVLine. “If a show has literally been on the air for 20 years, the culture changes.”

Appel then went on to say that they aren’t phasing the jokes out because they think people won’t let them say them, but rather because they have grown and developed different views, so what they put on their show has grown and changed as well.

But, despite this, many are still going to say that the show should still have gay jokes, and if gay people don’t like that they’re too sensitive. In a way, I can sort of see some people’s point in this. Some people can be too sensitive to jokes and can take everything literally, but that isn’t something unique to just gay people nor is it all gay people. Honestly, I can’t name one person who makes more gay jokes about me than myself.

So, to say gay people are just too sensitive isn’t true. Some people can be, but that’s not why the producers are going to make less gay jokes.

“Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable,” Sulkin said in the interview with TVLine.

And lastly, for the people who say the jokes are just jokes, they’re really not.

“Family Guy” has been a popular show in the U.S. since its debut in 1999 and still is today. At one point in time, it was considered a key show in American comedy, shaping what people thought was funny and what the rest of the comedy world joked about. With that kind of popularity, the jokes they make aren’t always just jokes.

By phasing out these kinds of jokes, they can set the standard with what’s acceptable and not acceptable to joke about because some of their jokes in the past just weren’t funny. Gay jokes shouldn’t be off limits, but the creators can draw a line of where to stop. An example would be like in a 2012 episode where they joked about gay men having HIV. Not exactly funny.

Basically, what I’m saying is I don’t think people should be mad that “Family Guy” is doing the right thing. Offensive jokes towards minorities just help reinforce stereotypes and validate stigmas against them. So, the creators of “Family Guy” are doing what’s right. They have grown and learned over the past 20 years what is right and wrong, so they are deciding to reflect that in their show.

If you decide that you won’t watch the show because of that, then don’t watch it. But if gay jokes are all you find funny, you might just need a better sense of humor and a little more social awareness.

 

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