Look, regardless of where you fall on the Family Guy divide, whether you think that its endless, redundant, 3rd-grade pastiche of self-referential fart jokes and unclever non-sequiturs is terrible, or whether you think ahahah me like put this show in my face, there is one thing that I think we can all agree on: no one fucking cares about the politics of Family Guy. If there is one arena of the public discourse in which Family Guy need not even pretend to be competing, it is
laughter politics. So will someone please tell that to Seth MacFarlane? From the Guardian UK:
American right-wing talk-show host Rush Limbaugh and former president George Bush’s strategist Karl Rove are to play themselves in a forthcoming episode of Fox’s animation Family Guy.
In the episode being produced for next season, Brian, the liberal dog of the cartoon’s central family, the Griffins, gets bored and frustrated because he feels he no longer has anything to complain about with Barack Obama in the White House, so he becomes a Republican and starts listening to Limbaugh.
Hold on. That part is fine. Family Guy can have whatever type of slime-faced thumb head it wants on there. Have them all! I don’t care. But, come on, Seth MacFarlane, with this explanation:
“Family Guy tends to be very liberal because it’s written by liberals,” creator Seth MacFarlane told US trade magazine the Hollywood Reporter.
“So we thought let’s give the other side some face time. So we put it out there to a lot of Republicans – ‘we’re doing this show, who wants in?’ – and we got some bites. I’m sure the reaction from some will be, ‘you monsters, how could you have Karl Rove on your show?'”
Right. If there is one thing that Family Guy has always stood for, it is a careful, rational, balanced look at opposing viewpoints in American politics. WHAT? If you want to have a stupid storyline about a TALKING DOG who decides to switch parties, go for it, but please do not pretend like it is some kind of important repairing of the ideological rift that has developed in families torn apart by the politics of this show. And as much as Karl Rove may be a total worm-face, I’m pretty sure that he can’t do anything to denigrate the reputation of your show. You monsters, yes. But how could you have Karl Rove on your show? Easy. (Thanks for the tip, Justin.)