I have been watching cartoons my entire life. The cartoons I watch as an adult are quite different than the ones I watched as a child though. Shows like South Park, American Dad, and Rick and Morty have given me many years of laughs. Family Guy, the topic of this piece and a show that has also given me many years of laughs, is now giving in to our societies politically correct culture.
Do you know one reason why I love watching those shows I mentioned above? It’s because they make fun of everybody. Blacks, whites, Jews, gays, the handicapped, the blind, the deaf, Asians, Indians, the elderly, the rich, the poor, the list goes on! As a Jewish person, I can tolerate all the Jewish jokes I hear on any particular show, because other groups are targeted as well. Can you imagine a show that only made Jewish jokes and put out a statement that they weren’t going to make fun of any other culture, race, etc.? For me, I would ask what the heck makes those other groups so special that they get to dodge the writers’ fury? It’s the fact that generally all groups are represented in getting made fun of that brings a sort of fairness to it. Comedy is comedy and not one group is above being made fun of.
This brings us to why I believe Family Guy is in the wrong for actually publicly stating that they are now going to phase out gay jokes. Executive Producer Alec Sulkin sated, “If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they’re going to have a few differences,” Sulkin said. “Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable” (Esquire.com).
Wait a second. How come gay/homophobic jokes are “not acceptable” and okay to remove, but Jewish/antisemitic jokes are perfectly fine? How come black jokes are still okay? What about jokes about people with Down Syndrome (specifically season 8, episode 12 of Family Guy)?
That’s just it. None of the insulting jokes they make are “okay.” As a society, we know those jokes are wrong to say to people in the real world. But, for the love of all things holy, can we please just let comedy…be comedy again?
I’m sick of all the sensitive Sally’s who cry out every five seconds about how offended they are. Every remote control is conveniently equipped with a power on/off button, as well as a channel up/down button. If you’re offended, do yourself a favor and click one of those. We live in a time where it seems that the small percentage of people who are offended get to call the shots, and I think that’s very harmful for our country.
Because of my religion, I decided a while ago I wasn’t going to eat pork anymore. I know darn well that most of the people I encounter do indeed still eat pork. If I’m invited to a party and I know there is going to be pizza there, do I call the hosts and say, “Hey, just so you’re aware, I don’t eat pepperoni. I know I’m probably the only one with this dietary restriction, but I would appreciate it if you could just not have any pepperoni pizza all together.” No, of course I wouldn’t do that, because that’s not how life works. We learn to deal with our problems and not affect other people’s lives in the process.
I hope I’ve gotten my point across. Not one race, religion, etc. is above any other. Any show that wants to make fun of any race, religion, etc. should make fun of them all. You either make fun of everyone…or you make fun of no one.