We're Pretty Sure This Will Be Offensive

The already-infamous "abortion episode" of Family Guy was performed live for Emmy voters last week in Los Angeles. FOX has refused to air the episode because of advertising concerns. Creator Seth MacFarlane said the episode will probably never be released except on DVD. We're going to guess the show probably doesn't cover the issue with sensitivity or nuance ...

 

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michael l commented…

i wouldn't even make jokes about this

Justin Hodges

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Justin Hodges commented…

Okay, I'm not going to lie. I have watched and liked some of the episodes of this show. But, I mean, I feel we've got to a point in our society where we wanted to become so open minded and accepting of any issue...that we also made it too easy to joke about problems in our society. We need to consider other people's feelings on subjects besides our own. And I know this show is designed to criticize society in a way, but there is a certain line that can still be crossed where we say, enough is enough.

Chris Kopp

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Chris Kopp commented…

offensive and hilarious

Roren

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Roren commented…

Humour is a necessity, a coping mechanism for our hard-knock life. Making fun of your situation is a great way to own it, to say, "I will laugh at you! You can't steal my joy!" But like any good thing, it can be misused, made destructive rather than empowering.
While I believe it's right and good not to hurt people's feelings on purpose and be careless with words, at the end of the day, those who are offended are ultimately the ones responsible for their reactions. There are those that offend to tear people down, and there are those that can be offensive because they're just trying to get a laugh. If something isn't morally reprehensible (using Philippians 4:8 as a guide: whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableif anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things.) then being offended might just be YOUR problem, not those making the jokes.

Don't take yourself seriously. Take God very seriously. That's my unsolicited advice.

That said, I think Family Guy goes too far. We probably shouldn't watch it, for the sheer fact that when we watch it it makes more money and they produce more shows - and every year they get worse and worse. I'd say about 20% of the show is hilarious. The rest makes my brain melt out my ear and makes me feel dirty inside. That is not worth the 20%.

Jack Terrance

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Jack Terrance commented…

satirical comedy. roren makes key points here with r/n to those who are getting upset with the show.
comedy as a practice is used to push boundaries and cross lines. this is speaking from an academic perspective of drama- grass roots of comedy here.

keep in mind that the issues that seem to be "pushing buttons", so to speak, are problematic only insofar as to their culturally created meanings and connotations allow for each specific person, and are not necessarily a negative reflection in the view of God or of the issue in itself.

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