This Message Brought to You By “Family Guy”: Brentwood Jews, Vote For Us!

It’s so heavy-handed, it’s light on funny.[The Hollywood Reporter]

Has Family Guy finally crossed the line?

For those of you who may have assumed that Seth MacFarlane and company care naught for lines and socially upheld norms of decency, here’s more proof! In an ad targeting Emmy voters to consider Family Guy among the select nominees heralded as TV’s Best Comedy Series, the show’s producers have sent out a mailer featuring main character Peter Griffin asking “overprivileged Brentwood Jews” to vote for them. Stewie then pops up on the next page to say, “You can still tell people you voted for Modern Family.”

Needless to say, not everyone was amused, which you should probably always assume is the case with anything Seth MacFarlane and his cohort of writer-producers at Family Guy do. One producer complained that, “While I think Family Guy is a genuinely funny show, we all — including this ‘Brentwood Jew’ — need to think twice about this kind of humor. Stereotyping any particular ethnic group is just not cool and can lead others (with the wrong intentions) to feel a certain license to take shots. Surely Seth [MacFarlane] has better stuff than this.”

Another hit back at the ad with, “If Family Guy was that funny on a regular basis, it might get nominated.”

For the record, the show is standing by its mailer, which I suppose has gotten exactly the kind of reaction from Emmy voters that it wanted. It probably bears mentioning that most of the writer-producers on Family Guy are, in fact, Jewish, though apparently self-deprecatingly so. (If you’ve ever listened to the DVD commentary, you’ll know exactly what I mean) The show is in a creative funk – though I admit the season finale was nicely done – and with MacFarlane lamenting that he wishes the show would wrap up, here’s a bit of controversy to goad viewers on for the upcoming 11th season.

So the question is: will you be tuning in? And is the mailer offensive or funny? Or both?


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joey
joey

Yeah because "Jewish Hollywood" never does anything stupid...

joey
joey

What's funny is the reaction. Some of the Jewish people working in Hollywood poke fun at other ethnic and racial groups, but when the tables are turned, they get really pissed off. This is a good example. Chelsea Handler and Howard Stern are Jews, who have made offensive, racist comments over the years. Nobody from the media establishment is demanding that they get kicked off film, TV, or radio. Huge double standard.

Big Papi
Big Papi

Family Guy is one of the best shows on TV. People need to get a thicker skin and quit being so hyper-sensitive.

Eric
Eric

One thing Family Guy does is push the envelope of what's considered acceptable humor. True, there are some episodes that aren't that funny, but when the show pokes fun at a controversial issue that takes most people out of their comfort zone, the show can really nail it. Not all episodes are going to be winners, but I still watch when I can to catch the ones that are.

mud hen
mud hen

Jokes on the show are different - it's done to entertain etc one can argue (I don't think that's entirely true). Putting out this ad shows he's butthurt and wants to win while giving a not so subtle shot at Jewish Hollywood.

That's the difference.

My Cock Is Throbbing
My Cock Is Throbbing

It used to be funny before it got cancelled. I remember that I was in high school when it came back, and me and my group of friends were all fans of the show from before. All of a sudden, every kid seemed to be a Family Guy fan and it became ridiculous.

Once the Conway Twitty cut-aways started airing, it was a sign that the show was done. Now it's nothing more than Seth McFarlene's own 21 minute lib propaganda extravaganza.

Nookies
Nookies

People need to stop being uptight overly politically correct faggots. Case closed.

mud hen
mud hen

I know there are many fans of this show but I don't find it funny at all. It's just stupid and makes little sense. It's a bunch of running gags and random jokes and has a storyline only to keep the show from being totally pointless.

Those cutscenes are really dumb, make little sense and show the show is little more than a huge ego driven personal propoganda/joke machine.

mud hen
mud hen

The comment is a bit overboard. Whether he admits it or not he clearly has a problem with Jewish Hollywood influence or however you want to phrase it. I don't care if his whole staff is jewish he still feels this way.

skilligan
skilligan

it may be a big over the line, but it is sort of funny