Tuesday, October 03, 2006

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?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's possible this is how Fox wanted to air the news ... SARCASM

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Charles said...

David R. Mark, What was your point?

TV programs which insult Christians and Jews are often aired under the guise of 'entertainment' and 1st Amendment rights to free speech.

Are you saying Moslems have a protected 'religion'? The double-standard is both repulsive and unAmerican.

Will you stand up for the Judeo-Christian community when they are offended?

What was your point?

2:43 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Charles, you're a moron.

Clearly, the people who would be insulted would be the families of 9/11 victims. Sheesh.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous unpossibles said...

maybe both, but I didn't find it in bad taste or at least not in any worse taste than the rest of the cartoon, which is kind of their schtick.

I laughed.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous notmypresident said...

Complaining about bad taste on Family Guy is kind of pointless. The show revels in it.

Ever see the pez dispenser joke? 40 years later it still was in poor taste.

Anyway, I can tell you for a fact that episode was planned to air at least a week before it aired.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Rosco T. said...

at least TWO weeks....
I had set the Tivo to record that particular episode "PTV" because of the big F-U to the FCC it has.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Malikshah said...

Talk about distraction...


Have some dip.

You will rue the day!!!

Well, go ahead. Start rue-ing!

2:49 PM  
Anonymous americanstranger said...

What the duece???
Had to say that. Sorry.

- as

2:49 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

sounds like it was a weird coincidence. whether someone at fox would have had the wherewithal to consider it bad taste, and thus pull the episode ... might be asking too much from television.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds more like democrat paranoia.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 things hit me in this post. One is the lie in which you say...

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)

There are soldiers in Afghanistan going after OBL, which Bush had ordered to do so. So do not diminish their work because you hate this President.

Second, I am wondering how many of you actually find it funny and enjoyed seeing Atta and Jarrah having a good laugh at the thought of killing Americans.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

anonymous, read the link. Bush has said that capturing Osama is not crucial to the war on terror -- a complete flip-flop from his statements of 2001.

The CIA closed its unit designed to hunt Osama. The troops in Afghanistan are trying to keep the fledgling democracy afloat, and the Taliban -- the Taliban Bush said no longer exists -- from re-taking the country.

As for your second point, do you really think that? How brain dead are you that you would actually think that any Americans find Atta and Jarrah laughing to be funny? That's the freaking point of the post, for pete's sake! That because it is still so painful to see the 9/11 hijackers, to be reminded of 9/11, that maybe Fox should have put on a different Family Guy re-run on Sunday.

You're absolutely sick and un-American if you think Democrats laugh or cheer for the 9/11 hijackers. Absolutely sick.

1:03 PM  

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