Family Guy will ‘phase out’ gay jokes
Producers on Family Guy have said they are “phasing out” jokes about gay people.
The long-running animated Fox comedy series has frequently made LGBT+ people the butt of jokes over the years, attracting criticism for relying on offensive stereotypes.
However, Sunday’s (January 13) episode “Trump Guy” hinted that the show is seeking to forge a more tolerant path on the issue going forward.
In a meta moment, Peter Griffin comes face to face with President Donald Trump, who tells him: “You’re Peter Griffin from Family Guy. Many children have learned their favourite Jewish, black and gay jokes by watching your show over the years.
Peter Griffin responds: “In fairness, we’ve been trying to phase out the gay stuff.”
The show’s producers confirmed to TVLine that the quip was more than just a gag.
Family Guy producers: Our views are now different
Asked if the line was serious, executive producer Alec Sulkin said: “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.”
Exec producer Rich Appel added: “It’s almost unique to Family Guy, though I can think of one other show that’s been on the air longer.
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