The executive producers of the Fox television sitcom Family Guy have told TVLine that they will be axing the gay jokes in the upcoming episodes of the adult-oriented cartoon.
Executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin revealed to the online media outlet that they would be “phasing out jokes about gay people”. Apparently they’re now a protected class of people, wholly insulated from any kind of politically incorrect potshots, even from the once very politically incorrect Family Guy.
In the interview, they were asked specifically if they would be phasing out the use of gay jokes in the show. Sulkin explained to the outlet exactly why they’re going the politically correct route when it comes to dealing with jokes about gay people, saying…
“Kind of, yes. 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. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.
Essentially, what they’re saying is that they were allowed to be politically incorrect a decade ago and they’re not allowed to be politically incorrect today, unless they avoid telling jokes about certain groups of people aligned with Social Justice Warriors.
Throughout the short article there’s no mention about staving off any jokes at the expense of Conservatives, or avoiding painting any other Right-leaning groups in a negative light. In fact, Sulkin goes on to admit that they definitely lean more Left than Right, saying…
“We’ve had some episodes in the past that had some left leanings in them. But we take hard shots all around. We’ve made fun of the Clintons and Barack Obama. It’s not like we would avoid anyone because we vote this way or that way. In any time that Family Guy has been on, we’ve pointed out idiots and the dumb things they do. This just happens to be our current person, and it would be no different if a Democrat were doing something idiotic, which they do.”
Many shows, however, have been moving further and further Left to appease the Social Justice Warrior agenda. Rich Appel claims that they aren’t using the show to proselytize the sociopolitical agendas of the Left, saying…
“We’re not proselytizing for one political agenda; hypocrisy, lying and buffoonery in the public sphere should just be called out.”
But that’s exactly what they’re doing. It’s the equivalent of saying they’re no longer going to make fun of the NRA but then say that they’re not proselytizing for one political agenda. Well, if the NRA does something stupid and you no longer make fun of them, isn’t that kind of automatically absolving them of being satirized?
Right-wing comedian Steven Crowder actually called out other comedians for this exact kind of sociopolitical prostrating that we’ve been seeing from nearly every celebrity, major media studio, and entertainment brand over the last six years.
Funnily enough, Crowder’s rant about the Left’s incremental acquisitions on the culture war battlefield is actually two years old and 100% correct.
Each time you give up your tone, your language, your speech, your beliefs, all in favor of acquiescing to the ever-increasing demands of the Left’s degenerate orthodoxy, you essentially give up your right to any noteworthy freedoms you might have valued when it comes to expression and speech.
But worse yet, Appel acknowledges the very concessions that Crowder argues against by claiming that it’s not just the complaints from Social Justice Warriors shaping their views, it’s the creative team conceding their own creative rights to adopt the more sanitized view of comedy that has plagued current day entertainment, saying…
“[…] the culture changes. And it’s not us reacting and thinking, “They won’t let us [say certain things].” No, we’ve changed too. The climate is different, the culture is different and our views are different. They’ve been shaped by the reality around us, so I think the show has to shift and evolve in a lot of different ways.”
So apparently with gays off-limits on Family Guy, should we begin a countdown on when other groups also fall off the list of jokes made at their expense? Perhaps blacks? Feminists? Furries? Democrats? Hipsters? Antifa? Communists? Terrorists? Where exactly does it end when you start giving up your right to offend people?
(Thanks for the news tip ennis)