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Family Guy Tackles 9/11: Funny Or … Not?

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Nothing is ever off limits for Family Guy. By now, if you're a fan of the world Seth MacFarlane has created, then you know the word "taboo" isn't really in the man's vocabulary. Abortion. Serial Killing. OJ Simpson. They've tackled it all. But last night's episode might have hit a little to close to home for some audiences and the show's basically waiting for the other show to drop.

Keeping with the tradition of the misadventures of Stewie and Brian, the duo use their time machine to travel back in time to stop the events of September 11, 2001 from ever happening. However, their plan backfires and soon, multiple clones of pair are getting sent to different points in history, like the Civil War or the first season of the show when Lacey Chabert was the voice of Meg (holla at ya, Gretchen Weiners!)

In the end, the clones all meet up at the exact same time and take a vote one what to do next. In the end, they vote to "let it happen" and even go as far as give themselves a round of high-fives in celebration.

So, the big question is: horrifically tasteless or terribly HIGHlarious? It obviously couldn't be THAT BAD in the minds of FOX, since they let it go to air, but perhaps the standards department has just given up trying to stop Seth from pushing the envelope.


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30 comments to “Family Guy Tackles 9/11: Funny Or … Not?”

  1. 1

    This is the second time in the last week you've attacked this show, so from your previous record, you have some kind of agenda. In other words, somebody ignored you or didn't give you what you want or did something they didn't even know about to gain your wrath.

    Oh, BTW, most of us just come here anymore to read the comments and laugh at silly typos (show - shoe, makes a big difference), so this "COMMENTS OFF crap stuff is bad for business. Besides, seems like you generally turn them off for your buddies like Kim K. Yet you want to start a debate about "Family Guy". That's so Perez!

  2. 2

    No point in getting offended. We have killed quadruple the civilians in friendly fire accidents over there than what we lost in the attacks. A trillion dollars, a decade, several thousand American, Allied and civilian lives lost, to kill one man that could of possibly been dead for years. Great Job America.

  3. 3

    Family Guy is ALWAYS FUNNY!!! I never NOT laugh when I watch this and South Park!

  4. 4

    But it is always funny how hypocritical people are. When they are making fun of something else its funny, rather it be a different religion, race, nationality,etc. But if they start dissing a thing you're passionate about or something that you're a part of thats when someone goes defcon 1 and gets offended. Just like the black guy that voiced chef in southpark..they made fun of every single religion you can think of and he was completely fine and contempt with it. But the second they made fun of his religion he went ape shit and quit. LOL hypocrisy.

  5. 5

    You have got to be kidding me…So now what? Seth MacFarlene said something against the LGBT community or why the fuck are you turning your back against him now??

  6. 6

    Ive just watched this episode and it was ok. Its wasnt "omg lets lol" but it was still fun and entertaining. Just leave it like that, you hardly ever mention every joke they do about latinamericans… afterall, arent you one?. Well Perez, its only a cartoon show.

  7. 7

    Re: Christina Polo – yeah the whole comments off thing - super annoying! why even have a blog if you're not gonna let your readers bash you day in and day out!

  8. 8

    Dear lord! Haven't we been through this already?! Family Guy pushes the envelope as always. It's still funny. It's been 10 years for gosh sakes. I thought that was the rule…wait 10 years then you can make jokes about it. In no way are they making fun OF it, just a joke, and not minimalizing it in anyway. Plus, if you watch why they are voting (you know the whole show) you would know they said if 9/11 didn't happen, the US would have gone to Civil War and air would be toxic. I honestly think they were taking a jab at George Bush.
    Perez, if you don't like what they do on Family Guy, don't watch the show (which clearly you only watch bits and pieces that other news sites post). Because you clearly have some issue with it.

  9. 9

    I promise it wasn't that big of a deal. What's your problem with the show all of a sudden??? Its not like they haven't talked about politics or made jokes about 9/11 before!

  10. Lyyli says – reply to this


    Hopefully people realize that Perez is getting PAID to ADVERTISE Family Guy, under the "clever" guise of "criticizing" the episodes. With tidy little plot summaries and all. Well, maybe it is clever, as many people have fallen for it.

  11. 11

    Perez, You know NOTHING about art in ANY of it's forms. I would strongly advise you to keep your skewed perceptions of humour limited to the ridiculous suits in your closet. Leave the rest to the professionals.

  12. 12

    It's a damn show on television. Get over it.

  13. 13

    Since Seth could have died on 9/11 I don't think he should be getting bashed for it

  14. 14

    I agree with the previous comment that stated you seem to have a problem with Family Guy in general. I have been reading your gossip for years, and I'm generally mildly amused by some of the things you write. However, I have finally created an ID because I think it's ridiculous that you keep attacking Family Guy as though it's news that they make uncomfortable story lines. If you don't like Family Guy, don't watch it. The story is not to make fun of 9/11, but to detail the ramifications of the science fiction theory of time travel and whether or not it would be beneficial to change that horrible part of our history. They acknowledge that while theoretically we would want to warn the USA that this terrible tragedy was going to occur, the ramifications of doing so could end up being worse than what we have already endured. It's a piece of fiction. It's a cartoon. It couldn't really happen. You need to get over the fact Family Guy will use sensitive subject matter in a comical way. They weren't downplaying the event as though it was funny it happened, they were simply using the story of a recent tragedy we can relate to and to see what would happen if we tried to change it. I hope you "update" your view on this article when you realize you are making this a big deal, when it doesn't need to be. Aren't there more important issues going on in our world that deserve to be attacked that an episode of Family Guy?

  15. 15

    UGH Perez! Would you please stop just copying other people's comments before you post a story. The show was NOT about Brian and Stewie traveling back in time to stop 9/11. It was about them traveling back in time to find a tennis ball and Brian screws up the future by telling himself about 9/11. This episode was NOT poking fun at 9/11 at all you twit and if you actually did your research before you post, you would know these things.

  16. 16

    Perez, do you have any idea that Seth nearly died on 9/11 and didn't only because he missed the flight? It was a funny, what if, kind of episode. You think he's the only one who ever wondered what life would have been like had it not happened and Bush wasn't re-elected in 2004? You're a complete idiot who doesn't understand anything.

  17. 17

    Since Seth McFarlane almost died on 9/11, I think he gets a pass.

  18. 18

    Im gonna take a shot in the dark here and say that South Park is WAY more offensive than Family Guy and that show doesn't get talked about. In a free country, we have the right to talk about such issues, even if they're touchy to some people. And other people have the right to flame them for it. That's the beauty of freedom!

  19. 19

    How is the post attacking Family Guy? It's the same neutral question posed on TVLine.com. And I'm glad the majority didn't find it offensive, but funny. It was funny.

  20. 20

    Perez, what is your deal with this show?? You obviously don't watch it, you just pick pieces out of it and scrutinize it. Family Guy is a satirical comedy show. It's a satire. If you don't know what satire is, then google it. You don't "get" this show, so why pick it apart?? Leave Seth alone. Leave family guy alone. Stop posting about things of which you know nothing.

  21. 21

    Here you go again! Frickin really dude? Stop it already because your starting to annoy me with your close minded nonsense Perez. GOSH…..

  22. 22

    I give seth a free pass to make fun of 9/11, as he was almost directly affected by it. He was supposed to be on one of the planes that crashed into the world trade center, but got drunk and was 20 minutes late. If he can laugh at a horrible situation that almost took his life, I think some blogger who has no ties to 9/11 can shut his mouth for one week. You look for anything to be offended about, and lately family guy has been your target. Get over it.

  23. 23

    you're taking something totally innocent and turning into a controversy. its family guy….this is what they do. lighten up dude.

  24. Glen says – reply to this


    You are a fucking idiot. Did you watch the show? It was not all about 9/11..u seriously has some fucked up agendas. Obviously Seth McFarlane would no lick his big cuban cock…You are seriously in jeopardy of becoming a total joke and fading faster than a paris hilton reality show. What is next? Turn against howard stern for the AGT job?

  25. 25

    For those of you who didn't see the episode and don't undestand why they were highfiving–like Perez– the situation was this: Stewie and Brian went back in time to the pilot episode for a totally unrelated reason. While there, Brian tells his past self about 9/11. Past Brian stops the attack from happening but it ends up causing GWB to get the South to secede from the Union because he isn't reelected without the support that the country feels after 9/11. A whole lot of other bad stuff happens and once everything gets sorted out, they high-five that they were able to get everything back to normal - ie they got 9/11 to happen. They said, directly after the high-five, that it was going to look terrible out of context. (A joke, see!) Which it does, so thank you Perez for doing no research and making yourself look stupid for doing exactly what the show thought people like you would do and create a false controversy.

  26. 26

    Did you even WATCH IT?!?! After the vote and high-fives, they even make a comment wondering if it was tasteless… they recognize it, and pointed it out, and laughed at it… COMEDY!!!! And WTF - civil war?!?! they didn't time travel wit the civil war. they returned back to the present to find we WERE in a civil war. don't judge and make snide comments about something you obviously didn't even watch yourself, so you don't have first hand knowledge! idiots…

  27. 27

    Family guy and ANYTHING else Seth Mcfarlane related pokes fun at everything and is very pro gay…. anything really. Why you hatin'!?

    I would think Perez's dream bareback session would be with Seth ;-)

  28. 28

    it was 10 FUCKING YEARS AGO.

  29. 29

    Re: postcardstocali – THANK YOU! Does nobody remember that about Seth?

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