Monday, July 27, 2009

FOX Unlikely to Air Family Guy Abortion Episode

Seth McFarland, the creator of Family Guy, American Dad, and the upcoming The Cleveland Show, announced at the San Diego ComiCon he was producing an abortion theme episode of Family Guy which FOX is unlikely to air. It would not be the first episode to not air. The first season’s ‘When You Wish Upon a Weinstein” was considered too anti-Semitic to air on network, but it has appeared in syndication and on the DVD set.

I am not certain whether I should be surprised. Family Guy has already done some disturbing abortion jokes. Peter Griffin’s mother went to Mexico in a failed attempt to abort him. The abortion was her hanging on a dangling rod while men beat her stomach like a pinata. An episode this season which was set in colonial times featured a “contemporary” abortion clinic which involved climbing a high platform, then belly flopping to the ground. FOX aired both segments. Frankly, I do not see how the lines of good taste could be crossed anymore blatantly than it already has.

It is not that Family Guy is muzzled in regards to political views. Episodes in the last season endorsed atheism and pot legalization, as well as featured a Nazi SS uniform with a McCain/Palin campaign button prominently displayed. The show has spared no punches for its sister company, NewsCorp and the FOX News channel, either.

With Family Guy Serving as an equal opportunity offender, one wonders if FOX is bowing to pressure from pro-abortion groups who fear the practice being mocked. It would not surprised me for liberal sacred cows to get consideration when religion, drug laws, and conservative beliefs do not.

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