Family Guy will always be stuck in that odd middle of entertainment, often releasing episodes that are either filled with dumb jokes and dumber plots or amazing pieces of animation with a lot of imagination. They often do this with some tasteless jokes though, whether they be about sex, drugs, racism, rape, the LGBT, alt-right followers, and most recently, Donald Trump.
However, an interview with TV Line revealed that the series will no longer be crossing a specific line, with executive producers Alec Sulkin and Rich Appel claiming that the series will drop all gay jokes in the future. This is rather surprising since the animated show has never been one to back down from dark and insensitive jokes but that’s all changing.
Sulkin had this to say about changing with the times:
"If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they’re going to have a few differences. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable."
Appel also had this to say:
"If a show has literally been on the air for 20 years, the culture changes. And it’s not us reacting and thinking, 'They won’t let us [say certain things].' No, we’ve changed too. The climate is different, the culture is different and our views are different. They’ve been shaped by the reality around us, so I think the show has to shift and evolve in a lot of different ways."
This is an interesting change and it will be fun to see how Family Guy copes now that one of it’s easiest crutches is gone. It’s nice to see a big show like this try to inspire some change so here is hoping more do the same.
Certain fans will say that this is a long time coming since the show has done some really dumb gay jokes. Stewie has often been the butt of these jokes, wanting to be with his dog Brian, though he did fall in love with a number of women. There was even an entire episode that had Peter Griffin turn gay after being injected with something that makes him this way. Granted, the show did have some good gay jokes too but we’re in a new generation.
Family Guy can be viewed on Fox.