Emmy-nominated ‘Family Guy’ has really overtaken ‘The Simpsons’ when it comes to acclaim, controversy, and fans, but where does the very liberal show have left to go? An announcement that baby Stewie is gay, an abortion episode that was too controversial to air, and guest appearances by Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove show that ‘Family Guy’ is still attempting to push the envelope and keep things well shaken up.
With the recent slew of gay jokes involving Stewie on the show (most of which aren’t too funny), the subtle hints about his sexuality have turned into full-blown homosexual behavior. So fans of the show really can’t be all that surprised that Seth MacFarlane recently revealed that Stewie is indeed gay (bravo for reinforcing the belief that people are born gay). MacFarlane even had a whole episode planned around Stewie’s coming out of the closet which involved him going back in time to prevent a line in the Bible about homosexuality from being written. But he decided it was best to keep his sexuality vague, and hopefully he’ll decide to do something more with Stewie’s character than continue to make him nothing more than the subject of gay jokes. (Although I do wonder if Stewie will ever meet Lady GaGa and become her sidekick, Baby GooGoo, sometime in the near future.)
But while Seth MacFarlane did not go forward with the episode about Stewie being gay (or a gayby, as Bruno would call him), he did complete another controversial episode about a baby. The episode about abortion and titled ‘Partial Terms of Endearment’. In it Lois becomes the surrogate mother for a college friend, but when she and her husband die, Lois has to decide whether she wants to have the baby or go through with an abortion. FOX ultimately decided not to air the controversial episode, but it should help boost ‘Family Guy’ DVD sales when it is released in that format. Seth MacFarlane and company held a reading of the script of the episode in a push for the series to win the Emmy for best comedy after being only the second animated series in history to be nominated in that category (and no, ‘The Simpsons’ wasn’t the first; ‘The Flintstones’ was).
But while FOX had an issue with the abortion episode, there’s one upcoming episode that will likely thrill those at the broadcasting company. In the episode, Brian will become a Republican, because with Barack Obama in office, he realizes life is no fun with nothing to complain about. So he’ll side with Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh in what seems to be an effort to draw in more conservative viewers. So will Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove allow themselves to be the butt of jokes, or will they have to be portrayed in a more positive light? Plus, how long will Brian being a Republican last? I don’t know, but It’ll be interesting to see how MacFarlane and the gang make Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove more cartoonish than they already seem, as well as to see if these guys can really step back and laugh at themselves or simply play themselves.
So what’s next for Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh after bravely stepping into animated bodies for such a liberal show (I wonder if we’ll see a skinny Rush Limbaugh or Peter Griffin’s twin with slicked back hair and no glasses)? Perhaps Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh should guest star on ‘The Daily Show’, a place where conservative superstars are born.
But really, all I can say is ‘Family Guy’ has hit the nail on the head with the Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove episode; as a liberal, you just don’t get to complain or argue enough these days, and since it’s so much fun to do that, it’s nice that guys like Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh exist to keep the spirited disagreements and jokes flowing freely, and I’m glad that ‘Family Guy’ will feature them, no matter what the outcome of the episode is.