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Family Guy on Fox
Normally, broadcast television
pales in comparison to the indecent content that regularly airs on cable. In
fact, not a single broadcast network has ever rated one of their prime-time
shows TV-MA, whereas virtually every prime-time show on certain cable networks
are intended for mature audiences only. The March 8th episode of
Family Guy (Sundays, 9:00 p.m. ET) was as bad, if not worse, than some of
the content on cable television, yet Fox rated it TV-14. This episode should
have been rated TV-MA – or not aired at all. Since Fox has decided that sexually
explicit dialogue about glory holes and a buttock-licking scene that verged on
bestiality are appropriate fare for fourteen-year olds to watch, Family Guy,
therefore, rightfully deserves to be been named Worst TV Show of the Week.
The Griffin household receives
a requisite dose of idiocy when Peter buys a brain-damaged horse. Late one
evening, the horse exits the bathroom and ambles over to Peter and Lois, who are
asleep on the bed. The horse starts licking Peter’s bare buttocks and elicits
some moans of pleasure from Peter: “Mmm, what made you come around, Lois? (more
licking, moaning) I love you so much. I love you so much, Lois.” Lois awakens
and replies, “I love you too, Peter.” Then one morning, Lois discovers that
the refrigerator is completely filled with bottles of milk. Peter explains,
“Oh, thanks for reminding me. Everyone, some of the milk in the fridge is not
milk. It's horse sperm. I'm a horse breeder now.” Stewie hesitates when he
lifts a spoonful of cereal to his mouth, but continues to eat anyway. In order
to drum up business for his horse-breeding business, Peter enters the animal in
a horserace. The horse goes berserk and crashes into the stands, murdering
dozens of deaf children. The race announcer declares that the children are
“signing frantically” in “dread and terror.”
Peter finds himself buried in
debt from the damages caused by the horse, so he decides to earn some extra cash
by putting his body up for medical experiments. Subsequently, he is
injected with “the gay gene.” The show trots out the standard,
limp-wristed, swishy gay stereotypes. But it also bombards the audience
with shockingly graphic sexual dialogue. For example, when Peter’s son, Chris, complains that his math
homework is too hard, Peter suggests, “Well, you know, it doesn't have to be.
One trick I used to use is turning things into a word problem. For example, if
there are three glory holes in the bathroom at the club and twenty-eight guys at
the circuit party. How many rotations of guys will it take before everybody's
had a turn? … Nine with a remainder of Brent.” Peter goes on to sing, “’Cause
Brent can’t fit in the glory hole and that’s why we all like Brent.”
Eventually, Peter leaves his
family for his new beau, Scott. In an attempt to get the old Peter back, Stewie
and Brian force Peter to attend Straight Camp – a Christian retreat designed to
teach gay men how to be straight. The camp director introduces the crowd of gay
men to Harry the Homosexual, another flaming stereotype dressed in a tight pink
T-shirt and cut-off jeans. “Harry's choice of lifestyle is wrong,” the director
explains, “So we're gonna beat him up for it. Now take these baseball bats and
get to it.” The campers each grab a bat and chase Harry off-camera. The Camp
Director barks out instructions, “All right, good so far. No, no! Don't use the
bats like that. No, no! Don't use them like that either! All right, just put
them down and use your fists. No, no! Not like that.”
Scott, desperate to find Peter,
comes to Lois for help. When Brian confesses that he brought Peter to Straight
Camp, Lois decides that she must accept Peter for who he is. She rescues Peter
from the camp and declares, “Peter there’s nothing I’d want more than to have
you back. But your place is in Scott now. A person’s sexual identity is no
more a choice than the color of his skin. This is who you are. I can’t change
you. And it would be wrong for me to try.” Peter is ecstatic and gleefully
returns to Scott’s apartment. Scott welcomes him back with a surprise.
“Remember how you told me your
ultimate fantasy was to have an eleven-way?” Scott asks.
“Oh, my god!” Peter coos.
“Yes, I do. And you so did not even.”
“Oh, but I did.” Scott calls
out, “Yoo-hoo, guys.”
Nine men saunter into the
living room wearing nothing but tight white underwear. It is then revealed that
the gay injection lasts for only two and a half weeks. Meanwhile, Peter is in
the bedroom with the other ten men. “Oh, God,” Peter proclaims as the sounds of
giggling and moaning are heard, “I feel like a kid in a candy store who's having
sex with a bunch of gay guys…Wait a minute, what's going on here? Holy crap!
Ahhh!!” Peter runs out of the room naked, screaming in disgust.
Besides reinforcing gay
stereotypes while offering a lazy, preachy message of acceptance, the show
exposes its young viewers to sexual activity that is beyond the pale of anything
shown on network television. The content it covers is more suited for adult
websites, not the public airwaves at 8:00 p.m. in the Midwest on a Sunday
night. Would any parent willingly expose their fourteen-year-old to gay orgies,
fisting, glory-holes, and bestiality? Then why would Fox allow such filth to
air without warning viewers that the content is intended for mature audiences
only? Rather than reining in Seth’s McFarlane’s perverted sense of humor, Fox is
rewarding him for polluting the airwaves. They’re giving him yet another show
that will undoubtedly bombard young viewers with adult content.
For a filthy, over-the-top
parade of sexual perversion, Family Guy has been named Worst TV
Show of the Week.
Parents Television Council,
Clean Up TV Now, Because our children are watching, The
nation's most influential advocacy organization, Protecting
children against sex, violence and profanity in
entertainment, Parents Television Council Seal of Approval,
and Family Guide to Prime Time Television
are trademarks of the Parents Television Council.