Family Guy is unafraid to make controversial jokes, which is why the show often seems ahead of its time.
As you surely saw, following the MANY sexual misconduct scandals which dropped in 2017, the Seth MacFarlane created show made headlines as old jokes about A-list predators resurfaced. Specifically, a quip from ’05 about Kevin Spacey revealed that rumors about the House Of Cards alum’s predatory ways have been around for some time.
On Thursday, MacFarlane and his peers stopped by the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour panel and opened up about how that throwaway moment came to fruition. In case you’ve never seen the clip, Family Guy character Stewie runs naked through a mall, screaming:
“Help! I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement!”
While explaining how the team got Fox‘s Broadcast and Standards department to approve of the controversial joke, Seth revealed that the jab had to be explained to him. The funny man dished:
“I don’t remember who pitched the joke. I remember when it was pitched├óΓé¼┬ª that was a rumor I had actually not heard and other people in the writers’ room had. And it had to be sort of explained to me: ├óΓé¼╦£Oh, there’s this rumor that’s going on.'”
Fellow executive producer Alec Sulkin couldn’t remember where the joke originated from either, but shared that gossip about Spacey’s sexuality started swirling after one suspicious incident in a London park. He added:
“I think that that was something where he was coming off a story where he had been kind of beaten up in a London park, and he claimed that he was walking his dog late at night and fell, and I think that raised a lot of eyebrows. It’s one of the things in terms of Standards where if they heard the rumors, as we have, then they’ll allow it.”
Hmmm, very inneresting!!! Another member of the producing team, named Rich Appel, relayed:
“That’s one standard ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ if there’s some rumor out there that’s been public. The other one is if it seems outrageous and no one could possibly believe it’s true, and some of those have come to pass, too. When they were aired, you thought, ├óΓé¼╦£Well, this is never going to happen.'”
In case you forgot, the 58-year-old’s sexual misconduct scandal kicked off after Anthony Rapp revealed Spacey made unwanted sexual advances towards him when he was underage. Since then, countless others have come forward about Kevin’s bad behavior.
Just remember Family Guy has been putting predators on blast LONG BEFORE it was acceptable!!
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