Peter Griffin to Fundies: Bite Me!
Last Sunday’s Family Guy was a bit better than usual. Maybe it was the numerous jabs at Conservative America, or maybe it was the ending. Therein lies our tale.
The latest diatribe from Bill Johnson of the American Decency Association is called The Chutzpah of Fox.
After monitoring the latest episode of Fox Television’s “Family Guy”, the Yiddish term “chutzpah” immediately came to mind. Definition of chutzpah: unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity.
BJ is so greatly offended by Family Guy that he has to watch it every week!
The sarcastically named “Family Guy” is an attack upon families from the first minute to the last. The weekly animated show is rife with incredibly crude, sexual dialogue and depictions, profanities, references that legitimize pornography use, deviant sexual behavior, as well as regular attacks upon Christianity.
That’s why it’s usually rated TV-14. If BJ and his brain-dead followers would just use their V-chips, they’d never have to worry about accidentally stumbling across it.
Sunday evening’s episode contained all of the above. From references to “kinky porn” and allusions to S&M, to vulgar dialogue that is too explicit to repeat.
Yes, it was great, wasn’t it?!
However, the main theme of this latest episode was to make a mockery of the Christian faith.
This episode featured a young male character from “Family Guy” fantasizing about meeting Jesus. He imagines Christ nude while bathing and the scene strongly suggests homosexual overtones between Jesus Christ and this boy.
When I saw that scene, I knew old BJ would be popping a blood vessel. But BJ needs to keep things in perspective. That was a fantasy scene. They weren’t claiming it happened that way. Stewie has latent homosexual tendencies, so it’s only natural that he would fantasize like that.
Is BJ saying that we can never portray a character’s distorted thoughts on television? How are we supposed to understand what motivates a character? If this were a TV production of Genesis, is BJ saying that the producers would not be able to portray Cain’s distorted thinking that led him to slay Abel?
In addition, a church service is shown where Holy Scripture as the Word of God is mocked and the sacrament of communion and its significance are turned into a joke as the sacred representations of the body and blood of Christ are described as a snack treat.
That scene was primarily about Stewie’s confusion over the distinction between a holy ritual and a light snack. Are we not allowed to joke about how a young child could be confused by this?
Also, throughout the episode Christians of course are portrayed as judgmental, extremist whackos.
Actually, it was Texans who were portrayed as “judgmental, extremist whackos.” If judgmental, extremist whackos overwhelmingly choose Christianity as their religion, well, then maybe Christian leaders need to look at themselves to figure out why that is.
And here’s where the “chutzpah” comes in. The ending scene has the main character of the show lecturing viewers on “family values”. The character states: “If you’re watching a TV show and you decide to take your values from that, you’re an idiot. Maybe you should take responsibility for what values your kids are getting. Maybe you shouldn’t be letting your kids watch certain shows in the first place if you have such a big problem with them, instead of blaming the shows themselves.”
Sounds reasonable to me. Not to BJ! Here’s his reaction:
Here is Fox who just used the public airwaves to attack morality and insult and ridicule what millions hold sacred all in the guise of “free speech”, yet those whose values have been assaulted are told to just “not watch”.
Yes. That’s what freedom is all about.
BJ has a lot of gall to accuse Fox of “chutzpah”. I’ll tell you what chutzpah is: Chutzpah is being told not to watch something that offends you, watching it anyway, and then complaining about it.
Fox’s rationale to the moral pollution they spew would be comparable to corporations polluting the air and water at will and without regulation or control and telling citizens: ‘Maybe you should take responsibility for the air and water your kids get. Maybe you should wear air masks and boil your own water if you have a problem with it instead of blaming corporations themselves’.
Here’s the root of the problem. Fundies think that even if they don’t watch something, they have the right to tell everyone else not to watch it as well!
There’s also a problem with his pollution analogy. With actual pollution, we all agree that it’s bad and that it causes health problems. With “cultural pollution”, nobody agrees on what’s bad. I do agree that the images and messages we are exposed to from television, movies, billboards, politicians, etc. affect the collective culture. But which of it is bad?
I’m offended by extreme right-wing religious nut-jobs who have their own TV shows, wherein they spout off ridiculous nonsense such as creationism and damnation and Armageddon. So many people believe that crap that it hurts society. These are the people who try to get evolution removed from the public schools, who ban research into stem cells, who interfere with a woman’s private right to control her own body.
By BJ’s logic, all religious programming should be ripped from the airwaves. Is that really what he wants? Somehow, I doubt it. I assert that religious programming weakens our nation. BJ probably would disagree. BJ asserts that Family Guy weakens our nation. I assert that any reasonably-intelligent adult or older teen is not harmed. (We’ve already established that younger kids shouldn’t watch the show, so that’s not an issue.)
What they do affects the public which then in turn affects my family and yours and the children in families who don’t have the parental guidance they need. It is those children who especially are in danger of “taking their values” from a TV show.
Hey BJ! Would you be offended if I came into your house and told you how to raise your children? Yes? Then keep the hell out of everyone else’s!
Fox and their sponsors must be held accountable not just on behalf of my family, but for the sake of our culture and the generation growing up in this moral cesspool.
Wow! A “moral cesspool”! BJ sure has a way with words! Well I’ve got some words for you, BJ! They’re spoken by a very wise man (he’s actually not very intelligent, but he is wise!):
If you’re watching a TV show and you decide to take your values from that, you’re an idiot. Maybe you should take responsibility for what values your kids are getting. Maybe you shouldn’t be letting your kids watch certain shows in the first place if you have such a big problem with them, instead of blaming the shows themselves.