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This Is Way Over The Line, Family Guy

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We know Family Guy likes to push buttons, but this has gone WAY over the line.

On last week's episode, the Fox animated sitcom decided to take on the hilarious topic of…domestic abuse??

In the episode, we're introduced to Quagmire's little sister Brenda who is an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Jeff.

What happens (above) is just completely unreal. SO NOT FUNNY.

Showing a character drag his girlfriend off-screen where you can actually hear the physical abuse?? Giving her a black eye?? Expecting a laugh??? Disgusting.

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142 comments to “This Is Way Over The Line, Family Guy

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  1. 1

    It's called "satire", idiot.



  2. 2

    maybe they are showing the dangers of abusive relationships. not every comedy has comedy in it all the way



  3. 3

    The problem is that it is too real - not completely unreal.



  4. 4

    Get off your soapbox or stick to your gay issues… since your neither a woman nor an abused women. As a woman, I don't want or need your opinion!



  5. 5

    Its not supposed to be funny…. they didnt try to show it as funny…



  6. 6

    im not a perez hater like most ppl who write in ur comments section so please read this as honest.

    this episode did an AMAZING job at showing the woman's justification for staying in a relationship, showing the cycle of abuse (hitting, denial, honeymoon phase), and the best part is that because it was in a comedy, it really made abusers look STUPID for hitting a woman.

    if anything, this episode was EDUCATIONAL. and i seriously would show it the women i work with at my local domestic violence shelter.



  7. 7

    its showing the absolute truth.



  8. 8

    ps: just to let you know, none of my friends "LAUGHED" like you said.
    i don't think the writers wanted the audience to laugh.



  9. 9

    They address the issue later its not like he takes her out and beats her and thats it. It's over the line. not way over the line. It passes.



  10. 10

    they've done it before… and it's animation. who cares?!



  11. 11

    I don't think it actually meant to be funny.



  12. 12

    Someone obviously didn't watch to whole thing. This shows a very real situation for a very important issue. It's not just for cheap laugh.



  13. 13

    I don't think it was promoting domestic violence and it isn't a kid's show. So I am confused by your outrage. You are angry at the show for portraying s/thing that happens everyday. Did you notice in your clips they never showed the abusive man actually beating her? Should a T.V. show that tackles issues of the day ignore women?



  14. 14

    I've seen comedies try to bring light to important subjects before. They're not trying to be funny here so accusing them and assuming something like this is just plain stupid, perez.



  15. 15

    The sad thing is, is that women who are abused really are this delusional. They believe the man does it for their own good or that they'll eventually stop. So sad. I don't find it out of line it's just sad reality.



  16. 16

    I don't really see where they were trying to be "funny" as you state. I think Family Guy was covering a serious topic and they did it in a serious manner without jokes. Soooo what is the problem here and how did they cross the line?



  17. 17

    It's not meant for funny, infact, they address the topic of domestic abuse. really perez, you running out of things to write about?



  18. 18

    Its just a parody of something that it actually happens. So pitifuly Perez, it IS real. Ofc not in their sarcastic way, but many women who get beaten defend their men until the last moment and sometimes choosing them over their kids. Its very sad.



  19. 19

    i would so do Seth MacFarlane, just saying… is he gay or what though? his voice just makes me melt….



  20. 20

    Family Guy makes fun of everything, and in this case it seems like they were making an educational view on domestic abuse. I'm a female and this was in no way offensive to me.



  21. 21

    So you believe in censorship now fat ass? You're a phony, out of touch Wellness and It Gets Better bandwagoner. You have zero influence in the industry, plus you're a week behind with this story. No surprise your site is considered one of the worst gossip sites on the net now.



  22. 22

    It's not showing it in a funny way at all. Jokes are made here and there but they adressed domestic abuse later in the episode in a very serious way. You have definitely over-reacted. There are things on Family Guy that insults different groups of people and eventually everyone sees something on there that may bother us a little bit, but if you are wiling to laugh at some of the other jokes that insult other people then you cannot fight back against something that just insults you. Either watch the show or don't. Simple as that.



  23. 23

    Also, I don't think anybody laughed at that, none of the people on here seem to have and I certainly didn't. If you are looking at that as a joke, that is your problem.



  24. 24

    Who are you? The satire police? All subjects are fair game in satire. In fact, for a show that mocks everything and everyone, this is pretty darn tactful.

  25. SeeMe says – reply to this


    25

    This is a week old. Get it together.



  26. 26

    she wasnt just introduced, she (& jeff) where in a previous episode. same thing, the ep just wasnt all about them. got people talking about domestic violence though didnt it?



  27. 27

    I feel a little stupid because I am sure the headline and post was so we would watch click and comment. If he had said "Family Guy really tackles a tough subject" not as many people click and banter w/ each other…..you got me( ;



  28. 28

    I really hope you read your comment section. You are clearly the only one who's taking offense to this. I thought it was brilliant. Now tell us more about Kim Kardashian you stupid, fat piece of slime.



  29. 29

    You obviously didn't watch the whole thing, Mario. If you did, then you missed the point. If you find it so offensive then don't watch it. Easy. Now go back to your gay agenda. You're the last person abused women need to speak up for them. It's a cartoon for Christ's sake.



  30. 30

    I don't think it was meant to be funny, I think it was a serious story line. Thats how the newer family guys are, they aren't always funny anymore. usually alot more disturbing. I think they are just showing the truth in todays society. I liked the older family guys they were alot more comical and not so realistic.



  31. 31

    no its not going way to far it's showing the truth. Get a life perez.



  32. 32

    Perez, your view of this episode is different from the rest of ours. I saw it as very "real" and accurate. I don't believe it was meant to be funny, I certainly didn't see it that way. It brings to light the problems of abuse and how some women are in such denial. Without seeing the rest of the episode, it was probably more sensitive than insensitive.



  33. 33

    It's not poking fun at domestic abuse, it's addressing the fact that it's a issue, which some shows are too afraid to do. Most of the laughs come from how backwards and stupid the boyfriend is, e.g 'you calling me a liar infront of this cat?!' rather than the fact he is abusing her.



  34. 34

    Definately distrubing but more real than one would know. I survived a highly abusive relationship. would sit in a bathroom for over 8 hours because if I tried to leave he would cave my head in. He was always pulling out the "I have changed due to finding god and counselling" and when that didn't work he would threaten to kill himself. There are many reasons why we don't get out or even can't get out. I finally got the nerve to have him charged with assault and got a restraining order and I recorded the most horrendous arguments on tape. This man is currantly seeking a new victim and I want to warn them but I know the next victims won't believe it till he beats her senseless. I feel guilty about that.



  35. 35

    "SO NOT FUNNY."

    No shit, sherlock. They weren't trying to be funny. Sure they peppered in a couple jokes but if that's what it takes to raise more awareness of spousal abuse then so be it. It's not the first time a cartoon has been used raise public awareness of real-life problems and it certainly isn't the last.



  36. 36

    Look idiot, this is not glorifying or belittling domestic abuse. It's showing it in a different light through a different medium, so that less educated women may get the message, because obviously not everyone is getting the message. Perez, it's frightening how stupid you are, yet how much influence you have.



  37. 37

    uh, this is EXACTLY how abusive relationships are. how is it unreal? theyre not making a joke of it at all! you are such a retard!



  38. 38

    Perez - Looks like you are the only one that thinks this is funny. That means that you are wrong. I guess you would approve if it had said a "Very Special Family Guy"?



  39. 39

    Well family guy is written by a bunch of manatees in a large tank playing with balls so we can't take too much offense to the message that family guy is trying to tell us.



  40. 40

    did you even watch the entire episode or did you just come across this clip and make assumptions?



  41. 41

    Not the first time that they have shown domestic violence. Kind of late, Perez.



  42. 42

    It's called a comedy you fucking idiot…



  43. 43

    Yeah it's not like these one one of their cut away scenes that was meant for a quick chuckle. they focus on the topic throughout the episode, and are actually pretty accurate. So based on the collective of comments you have received for this post.. you're an idiot, and family guy will always be more important then your opinion. Snap.



  44. 44

    Re: Lorili – completely agree with you!



  45. 45

    Did you miss the part where they killed the bastard that was abusing the sister?



  46. 46

    Oh get over it Perez, this isn't a issue why would u even try to make it one. Have you not heard of the show South Park. This Family Guy epesode was great.. and it wasn't intended to make fun of abuse.



  47. 47

    You are on your own here Perez. This was a very realistic episode and totally not ment to be funny.



  48. 48

    Wow, have you ever watched family guy before? This is run of the mill stuff.



  49. 49

    I think it did a great job at showing what it looks like in reality - the excuses the victims come up with to justify behavior. I think they tackled a tough subject with black humor and they did not expect to get laughs.



  50. 50

    Yeah, I guess Hollywood should do just what Perez Hilton says because he's so in touch with the public. It's obvious they weren't expecting a laugh for this subject. You are not only sexually stunted, you are intellectually stunted. Maybe if they threw a gay character into the storyline you'd find it acceptable. Better yet, a gay character who goes on dates and vacations with his Momma. Maybe that's closer to reality for you.



  51. 51

    This episode clearly is not meant to be funny. Obviously they are trying to prove a point of how some women don't see the truth and are too afraid to walk away. Although this show is usually funny there's sometimes an underlying truth or message in some of the episodes.



  52. 52

    only if she listened!!! JUST KIDDING!!!! DANG!!!



  53. 53

    You maybe should pay closer attention to the episode. It made the abuser look like an irrational idiot which is what abusers are. It showed truly how the abusee rationalizes what is happening to them. It's not disgusting. I love Family Guy and I didn't get pissed at this episode because I didn't laugh at it; it actually made me consider this an even better show because it dealt with a real issue.



  54. 54

    I don't expect much of anything out of you but wow…you are an idiot.



  55. 55

    Are you seeing the show for the first time or something? Not only have Peter and Lois got into plenty of violent fights there was also the time they ended an ep with Peter's step by step fantasy of how he would kill lois and burn her body. Not to mention this is not Quagmires sisters first appearance. We could hear her being beaten up in her previous appearance too. While Quagmire yelled at Brian 'he's beating her up right now!'. Seriously - I could keep going with these.



  56. 56

    I don't get where the problem lies, I think it's funny.



  57. 57

    This is bad for you Perez? Don't watch the episode where Brian does drugs then. You'll be hiding under the blankets. lol



  58. 58

    I tried to watch this show a couple of times and never found it entertaining, and don't understand why people watch it. It's not funny. At least these clips made a valid point, and I have a l i t t l e bit more respect for the show. You have a very weird sense about what is disgusting and what is not. Toddlers and Tieras? Now THATS disgusting.



  59. 59

    Perez, you're way out of line here. This isn't meant to be funny. I think they're really looking to just open eyes. Not every cartoon is funny every time it shows. Lorili said it best "this episode did an AMAZING job at showing the woman's justification for staying in a relationship, showing the cycle of abuse (hitting, denial, honeymoon phase), and the best part is that because it was in a comedy, it really made abusers look STUPID for hitting a woman.
    if anything, this episode was EDUCATIONAL. and i seriously would show it the women i work with at my local domestic violence shelter."
    In all honesty perez, it seems like you're advocating more for this to be pulled off the tv when really it's something that people of the family guy demographic should really be watching. What do we have to see about domestic abuse on TV other than what we see in the abusive relationships? A lot of domestic abuse victims think they really are the only ones out there, so it is nice to see someone addressing it, even if it is in an unconventional way.



  60. 60

    I'm pretty sure like with every other Family Guy episode or anything Seth McFarlane ever does, we are not meant to overthink it and assume he's being insensitive. Also, one of the major points of Family Guy is to push the envelope and get people talking, and . . oh look, it succeeded! If you think it's insensitive, don't watch. If you feel it was done in bad taste, don't watch. It's animation, like previous posters pointed out. Yes, domestic violence is bad, it's horrible, but the episode itself had more serious and dark undertones than it was funny. I don't think we were supposed to really be laughing the whole time.

  61. 7tizz says – reply to this


    61

    Mario, did Fox give you a few bucks to push their Family Guy episode that airs TONIGHT? I'm just sayin' - why is this here now…instead of the other 6 days you could've run this story?



  62. 62

    I usually don't come to the comments to bash you, since I read and enjoy the site. But, are you serious? this is way over the line? Why don't you watch the full episode, get off your high horse.



  63. 63

    Oh ok Mr. Perez so lets watch Kids and Tiaras because it is so much better as parent are putting Botox on there 5 year old child and slapping eye shadow and lipstick so they can look 11teen while there are child molester getting a kick out of it
    Nice One



  64. 64

    Mario you are an idiot! It's a cartoon and I find it very funny. That's why t.v.'s come with remotes so you can change the channel. It's freedom of speech and that's why I love this country. We all have a choice to watch or not to watch.



  65. 65

    No worse that you shitting in beiber's mouth



  66. 66

    Family Guy is still on? What is this? 1997?



  67. 67

    I thought it was very funny - get over it.



  68. 68

    I'm a woman and fine with it, it's showing how horrible it is and how people stay and that people do need to speak up which they did. Good job Seth Macfarlane



  69. 69

    It's interesting how you think this is crossing the line but you've never mentioned or seem to have a problem with the "You have AIDS" skit that they did in one of the earlier seasons where they basically sing to a guy in his hospital room that he has AIDS. Family Guy has always been about shock, trashy humor.



  70. 70

    I was expecting the worst, and I was prepared to feel sick to my stomach, but to my surprise I wasn't. It genuinly did not seem like they were trying to make fun of victims of abuse nor abusive relationship, it actually seemed quite serious. The agenda here seemed to about sending an important message, rather than to be humoristic.

    The way the abuse and her rationalization of it was portrayed was - sadly - very realistic. It was quite sad to watch, because to many women - and some men - this is their reality. The dynamic of abusive relationships and the psychology behind it is very complex, most do not have the knowledge to understand it. I liked this video, and I hope people in this situation will see it. It might be a wake-up call - hopefully.



  71. 71

    Kinda love that a guy who makes his living exposing the many follies of celebrities (aka: living and breathing human beings) is so adamant we all join the anti-bullying brigade. You've made your entire fortune on being a glorified bully, Perez. What's disgusting is the hypocrisy you display on your website on a daily basis with such little self awareness.



  72. 72

    But you pretending to poop on Justin Bieber was ok? Hypocrite!



  73. 73

    What's next Perez? Will you be joining a convent?



  74. 74

    Re: Zoob984 – I agree.



  75. 75

    i laughed. lol



  76. 76

    and yea get over yourself perez, it showed joe, peter,quagmire and shit stepping up and trying to stop the violence. it showed a true issue and wasnt AT ALL making fun of domestic abuse. it could of even helped people in the real world step up and do something if they knew someone who is getting abused. it was educational in my opinion.

  77. Rohan says – reply to this


    77

    So horrible that you had to put a commercial first to PROFIT from it? What does that say about you, Mario? So damn transparent…..



  78. 78

    Have you ever watched Family Guy? I would assume not since there's a cu-scene of the Honeymooners where the husband says "One of these days, Alice" and his wife goes "Yeah, yeah, straigh to the moon," and he hits her, knocking her out, then sneaks out of the room. Where were you when that aired? And why aren't you kncoking the Honeymooners in general? This ep of Family Guy wasn't trying to get a laugh. It was obviously trying to being a serious subject to light in a format people will be willing to watch.



  79. 79

    as a past victim of domestic violence, i don't find this bad in any way! you probably have never even been through it! now THAT is disgusting. who are you trying to impress by acting so offended???



  80. 80

    lighten up asshole.



  81. 81

    u are the one that is Disgusting Perez…



  82. 82

    what's so over the top about showing domestic abuse as it really is?
    mario, you're one stupid queen. shut up when you don't have any idea what you're talking about. stupid twat .



  83. 83

    Re: gwen01 – I'm sorry to here your story, I'm glad you got out. Don't feel bad about not being able to save his next victim(s). It's a hard task, and like you said, most will not listen until it's too late. Especially if they've already fallen for him. You will most likely be looked at as his jealous and hysterical girlfriend. In a situation like this, we have an unconscious core belief that it must have been the woman's fault, and we will be quick to forgive the man. If you couldn't save her, it's not your fault, and it never will be.



  84. 84

    Re: gwen01 – Correction: hear.



  85. 85

    there is nothing wrong with this clip. you are being over sensitive. calm the hell down.



  86. 86

    Chill Perez, it's supposed to be shocking. They're exposing real life stupidity.



  87. 87

    This was a SERIOUS episode, about a SERIOUS issue, they addressed it that way.

    Btw, nice reporting, this was on LAST Sunday, so if it was offensive to anyone (DOUBT IT), you're way too late.



  88. 88

    I dont think they are making it funny … They're are women out there like this and I think that its showing how stupid they sound when they justify it to friends and family thats all ..



  89. 89

    Seriously, too far….it is satire.



  90. 90

    yeh far better to hide it all a way than actually deal with. everything is there to be laughed at, its how people deal with the sh!t on this planet. Perez u are a real fool. i would hate to live in your world, u would make hitler look like mary poppins.



  91. 91

    This episode is OLD!!! LOL I saw this like a month ago!



  92. 92

    first of all dumbass its not suppose to be funny second of all ur the only one complaining about it so shut the fuck up. your a dumbass perez



  93. 93

    Family Guy is always over the line, that's why they have a huge following.



  94. 94

    God if this isn't real, I don't know what is…….



  95. 95

    I was abused by an ex, and I felt that this episode was a little out of line. I understand all of your comments but those of you who say "you are a woman and you weren't offended by it", he's not just speaking about women. There are things that if you have never dealt with something like this, then don't act like you would know whether or not it's offensive. It can bring back a lot of old emotions and that's when it becomes offensive.



  96. 96

    I actually didn't think they are were trying to make a joke out of it, it was actually more serious compared to the usual Family Guy episodes and jokes in the right ways.



  97. 97

    hey idiot perez, its FAKE! a CARTOON! SATIRE dumbass….



  98. 98

    if you don't like it, don't watch it. simple as that. the people who watch it understand it, and take it as it was meant to be taken.. you take clips out of context and blow it wildly out of proportion ..



  99. 99

    …you're a moron Perez.



  100. 100

    I agree with the rest of the comments. This is probably the first moment on Family Guy that was incredibly sincere. I don't think Quagmire's character has ever been so fleshed out and rounded. They showed the realities of domestic abuse, calling out the type of power-tripping men who abuse, and the denial. I think the most subtle moment in that clip was when Louise slightly lashes out at her for not closing her menu–a moment where women perpetuate patriarchal ideology as much as the next man.

    You know what's more harmful towards women? Everything you promote. Nothing says indirect violence towards women than focusing on moronic, money-hungry, attention-seeking, and trite women like you do.

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