Last night I watched the Family Guy episode “Quagmire’s Dad” which is certainly the least funny episode of the show I have ever seen, and also definitely the most offensive. Nothing new there, you might think. Another adult cartoon losing its edge and going down the pan. Well, yeah, I thought that when Brian and Stewie got locked in a bank vault with no food and a dirty nappy (which was just as unfunny as it sounds), but this really was something else. The main story is that Quagmire’s father is suspected to be gay by Peter and Joe but, when confronted about this by Glenn, admits to being a trans woman. If you watch the show, I’m sure you can begin to imagine how they dealt with this one.
I searched the internet for what everyone else was saying about this episode and did come across quite a few people saying that Family Guy is always making fun out of pretty much everyone and everything, so why get offended… it’s just a cartoon. One commenter on Queerty‘s post about the episode said: “Any viewer imbecilic enough to be offended by the lack of ‘sensitivity’ on Family Guy needs to start over again with fucking Sesame Street”. Well, how about being offended by the lack of funny material in a supposed comedy show, eh? I have been shocked by comedy before (most recently by a live performer joking about rape) but, if it’s funny, it can be challenging. There’s nothing challenging or helpful about a character telling her daughter to throw away food made by a trans woman and there’s certainly nothing at all entertaining about a character vomiting for 30 seconds when he finds out he’s had sex with a trans woman. I mean, seriously, WTF?
After Elton‘s Brent Hartinger asked, “Is Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane a complete idiot?” and I have to say that I think the answer is yes. Why the hell else would he write such rubbish and think it was “probably the most sympathetic portrayal of a transexual character that has ever been on television”?