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YOU FUCKING FAIL FAMILY GUY

You know, Family Guy has been on the decline for a while now, as I have mentioned before.  But this clip, from the 4th episode of the current season, is where the show goes from being not that damn funny to disgustingly clueless and wrong.  Ugh.

Warning: don’t watch this clip if you’re likely to be triggered by depictions of rape.  Or if you just have good taste.

Essentially Stewie sets up a joke about how Peter is “as useless as Aquaman.”  Putting aside for a moment that this show has already done an Aquaman is useless cutaway joke (that was fairly funny), this new scene features a woman being assaulted on the beach.  Aquaman is in the water, telling the guy to stop, but unable to actually come and help her.  In the grand tradition of cut-away jokes on Family Guy, this goes on for longer than it needs to and features the woman crying out, in terror, “Help” and “Oh god, he’s hurting me”.  But it’s so funny when Aquaman continues not to help and, in the last line, when he’s obviously not able to do anything, says, “Well, you shouldn’t have let him on you.”

I’ve gone from just finding this show sad and watching every now and then out of nostalgia to feeling anger and utter contempt for Seth MacFarlane.  That bit was not even in that stupid realm of offensive meant to be funny, it was just disgusting. Fail Fail Fail.

12 Comments

  1. Chang Chang on 01.12.2008 at 10:07 [link] (Reply)

    I’ve never understood the appeal of this show. It has always been a lowbrow version of The Simpson’s at best. This just proves my point. I caught one second of it last night where a black character gets blown out of a fast food joint by cops with german shepherds and firehoses. That was enough for me.

  2. Adam Lipkin Adam Lipkin on 01.12.2008 at 10:10 [link] (Reply)

    There’s a direct correlation between the decline of Family Guy and Mike Barker leaving for American Dad. As with Kring and Heroes, McFarlane is given way too much credit for FG, but it’s been decidedly unfunny for years (with a few notable exceptions, like the Star Wars special).

  3. Alan Bostick Alan Bostick on 01.12.2008 at 18:17 [link] (Reply)

    I’m not much of a TV watcher, so Family Guy didn’t really register on my radar … until last summer, at a party at a friend’s house, where they left the TV on, showing Family Guy. The episode closed with a rape joke — a teenaged boy finding a bound and gagged cheerleader in the high school boys’ restroom (left there by Stewie for reasons too baroque to explain) and saying “SCORE!” to himself. I felt like I’d been slimed.

    I’m not going to watch that show again.

  4. silviamg silviamg on 01.12.2008 at 21:38 [link] (Reply)

    I really liked Family Guy but the more recent episodes are not very good. The jokes seem forced, the pop culture references don’t resound, and it’s still offensive (I don’t mind) but many times now it seems that it is just offensive for the sake of it. Like in the Scary Movie franchise, when running out of jokes just show someone’s penis or something and try to pass it off as a gag. Haha.

    Remember when Peter is dressed like one of the guys in Tron? Or Stewie talking in a Real World confessional style about Lois? It used to be funny. South Park too. It also went down the toilet. Then again, the Simpsons has been dead for years.

  5. DChantell DChantell on 02.12.2008 at 17:27 [link] (Reply)

    Sooo true! The show was good the first season… maybe one of my favorites… And it’s progressively gotten more and more offensive. And in addition it’s simply NOT FUNNY… it’s one thing to be sexist and racist… it’s another thing to use those things to to create “easy” but not funny jokes…

  6. Antonio Antonio on 05.12.2008 at 01:02 [link] (Reply)

    I try to enjoy the show, but the jokes about violence against women really turn me off and that one definitely crossed the line. I can’t believe Fox let that one through.

  7. Asada Asada on 06.12.2008 at 19:46 [link] (Reply)

    south park is on top. Just when I think its offensive I slowly realize its about something that happens in everyday life, not necessarily my own.

    FG, I stopped watching it , mostly because the black jokes were too much for me to handle and WERE plain old stereotypes set to a laugh.

    American Dad is no better. They once did and episode of when Francine’s adoptive parents ( who are Asian) come over. Her husband obviously cant stand them, so he goes out looking for her real (white) parents. when he finds them, AD does a song that was so uncomfortable even I could barely laugh. I don’t even want to post a link.

    The problem with American humor is that its about differences between people instead of the ironic things that make us more alike. Its hard to watch TV sometimes.

  8. claire claire on 06.12.2008 at 21:32 [link] (Reply)

    actually, i think the last line is “well, you shouldn’t have led him on.”

    1. tempest tempest on 07.12.2008 at 12:24 [link] (Reply)

      Ah. I will admit, I watched the scene in full only once. That was enough, ugh.

  9. Geraldo Jenkins Geraldo Jenkins on 14.12.2008 at 00:12 [link] (Reply)

    it certainly has been on the decline for a while. it was funny when it first started (kinda)but they have clearly blurred the line between funny and offensive. I was blown away by the “you have full-blown AIDS” song…I mean, come on…I never saw this rape episode until now; the aquaman stint was kinda funny while it lasted, but this is just…

  10. [...] This is, oddly and tangentially enough, akin to what is currently happening to Family Guy. FOX pulled the plug on that show too early as well, and a groundswell of fan rage and DVD sales showed them the error of their ways. Family Guy got a second chance and triumphantly returned to the airwaves. But now it’s a shell of its former self having spent all of its stored up wit and replaced it with offensive jokes about rape. [...]

  11. Nobody Nobody on 20.03.2011 at 23:59 [link] (Reply)

    I enjoyed the show at first, but it turned out like the current version of the Simpsons, kind of boring and bland.

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