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Family Guy on Fox

By Josh Shirlen

 

The March 25th episode of Family Guy, entitled "No Meals on Wheels," was jam-packed with the blatantly offensive content typical of the series.   In an inconsiderate and distasteful display, the animated show mocked the disabled.  This troubling plot, along with foul language, sexual innuendo, nudity, and graphic violence make Family Guy our pick for Worst of the Week.


When Peter finds a rare and valuable coin the family is able to open their own restaurant. Peter becomes disgruntled when his paralyzed friend Joe and his thirty wheelchair-using friends become the primary patrons of the restaurant.  Peter refuses them service due to their disability.  When Peter's wife asks him why he is against serving the disabled he replies, "Cripples are not cool."

 

Other offensive content in the show included Peter hanging a "Scare Jew" dressed like Hitler in his front yard to keep a Jewish neighbor away; Peter claiming to be Jesus because he learns that he can conduct static electricity; and Peter serving a man a cupcake with exploding icing. The man's head explodes and splatters blood everywhere.

 

Perhaps the most inappropriate content involved family friend Quagmire who comes over to help Peter's wife Lois "tear up her carpet."  Quagmire, the town sex addict, typically associates the word "carpet" with the female pubic region.  When he discovers that Lois literally needs her house's carpeting removed he helps, but throughout the process he spews obvious sexual innuendo linking the removal of the carpeting to the shaving of Lois' pubic hair.

 

Family Guy continues to be one of the most harmful shows on television.  Describing the disabled with language like "not cool" – language very familiar to children -- is not only irresponsible and offensive, it helps promote intolerance in society.  Family Guy has no place in the 9 o'clock hour of prime-time television.  For this episode's clear disregard for society and families, Family Guy is our pick for Worst of the Week.


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