During the spring semester, between April and May this year, I’d been watching A LOT of Family Guy. A whole LOT! I was watching it online, on my DVR, seeing all the specials, the films, almost every interview. I was obsessed; I even learned a heap about Mr. MacFarlane. Found out he’s atheist; gay….I mean, pro-homo; was supposed to be on a 9-11 plane; loves to sing like Sinatra; loves orchestras; isn’t racist; a liberal; an alcoholic; quit smoking weed…..or so he says. Anyway, I learned a lot about the creator of my favorite cartoon show…..or is it?
Here’s my problem with Family Guy: I love/hate it. I love it for making me laugh, I hate it for manipulating me to laugh. People, including MacFarlane, always say, “Oh it’s a cartoon; it’s just a cartoon; it’s an illustration that moves and talks; don’t take it so seriously; it’s just to make you laugh” But that’s the thing, it’s not “just to make you laugh”, it has an undercoat as well. It’s also to inform you about this country, and how the writers of Family Guy view it and want you to view it. It is their little way of an eye-opener or a vessel, if you will, towards their socialist views on race; religion; politics; sexual orientation; sexism; poverty; stereotypes; the list goes on. In the simplest form: it’s propaganda.
- It’s slightly similar, if not very, to the WWII Nazi-Germany Disney cartoons where Donald Duck was a Nazi or apart of the Confederate Army and had Confederate flags on his bedroom walls or the other cartoons of the Big Bad Wolf of the Three Little Pigs playing Hitler. Were children and adults of the 30’s and 40’s just supposed to laugh at that, or were they supposed to feed into it and respond?
Seth MacFarlane has his liberal views, in which some I agree with, on social and political issues that he is dying to share with us through his animation series’. Then we, as a people, watch it, laugh, and soak it all up. Maybe some of us forget about it when the episode is over, but during that 22 minutes we are either offended, indulged, or handled. For example, Seth is not shade about telling us his feelings about religion; he is very arrogant towards that subject. I, myself, don’t care for organized religion, but I could never belittle people who do.
I took a break from Family Guy; that show just breaks my heart, LOL. I still love MacFarlane. He’s too talented, handsome and funny not to love; but I just can’t take him sometimes. He is just too fucked up. Can’t wait for season 11, I will be watching it online for free. *wink*
P.S. My favorite characters (only ones I care for really) are Stewie, Peter, and Quagmire (in that order) Everyone else is collateral to me. I despise Louis and Brian. (shit mother, shit dog).