Bad Taste, Or Bad Luck, For Fox's Family Guy?
I admit, I'm a big fan of Fox's Family Guy, in part because of its use of political humor.
But I wonder whether Fox intentionally re-aired an episode Sunday, featuring Osama Bin Laden. The episode, "PTV," first aired Nov. 6, 2005.
The episode begins in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan, where Bin Laden and his associates are getting ready to film their next message to send to Americans. A picture of George W. Bush can be seen on a wall. Bin Laden starts his speech, then mispronounces "ramadan" like "radaman." From this moment on, he can't stop laughing and has a hard time finishing his message. He starts making jokes, before Stewie comes out of nowhere, beats up the various terrorists, and escapes on his tricyle (which, sadly is more than the Bush Administration is trying to do).
The timing of the episode's re-airing is noteworthy, as it came just hours after a video surfaced showing 9/11 hijackers Mohammed Atta and Ziad Jarrah. The video, shot in January 2000, shows Atta and Jarrah smiling and laughing -- apparently about the will Jarrah is writing.
It was probably a coincidence. But it would be upsetting to think that Fox (or Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane) thought it would be funny to re-air this particular episode, given the real news that occurred that day.
Would it have been far-fetched to think that Fox should have thought of the families of 9/11 victims, and replaced the episode at the last minute?