Seth McFarlane has tickled the funny bones of millions of Americans across the country with the hit show “Family Guy.”
The adult, animated show has been around for more than 10 years giving its viewers jokes that played off the stereotypes of different cultures in our country.
On its most recent episode, Peter Griffin, the main character, tells viewers that “Family Guy” will be phasing out “gay jokes.” In the scene a cartoon version of Donald Trump says, “Many children have learned their favorite black, Jewish, and gay jokes by watching your show over the years.”
Griffin responds saying, “In fairness, we’ve been trying to phase out the gay stuff.”
The announcement has infuriated some fans, because “Family Guy” makes jokes about every sexuality, race and social group known to man.
“It’s just a show, a cartoon at that. ‘Family Guy’ has been making jokes about homosexuality for a long time,” Nathaniel Domond, a FAMU student, said.
Fans also suggested that “Family Guy” could be changing the dynamic of the show to adapt to the country becoming more accepting of the LGBT community.
Some fans of the LGBT community don’t understand why “Family Guy” wants to phase out the jokes either. “I feel if you as a person are comfortable with your sexuality then you have nothing to worry about,” Jacquez Dumas, a FAMU student said.
Viewers have been told that “Family Guy” directors have stopped the jokes after thinking about the jokes may have. Now that “Family Guy” is now being seen by children, maybe removing the jokes will be good for the show.
McFarlane has not made any comments on removing jokes about any other social or ethnic group, so fans will have to wait and see. Fans are now concerned if McFarlane will take his new cuts to his other animated show, “American Dad.” The show is similar to “Family Guy,” capitalizing on the same genre of jokes.
“I believe ‘American Dad’ won’t get any changes unless the show gets complaints. Also, if McFarlane see’s improvements in ratings, he may make the change to the show,” Jontay Manigault, a FAMU graduate student, said.
Viewers can catch the next episode of “Family Guy” at 9 p.m. Sunday on Fox.