Fundies Foil World Domination Plot
Two retired world conquerors tried to team up to make a comeback tonight, but their plans to take over the world have be thwarted—by fundies!
Former evil genius (and now simple gay sidekick) Stewie Griffin had teamed up with former world conqueror, still-evil, semi-genius Microsoft to produce tonight’s Fox TV special Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show. Unfortunately, the toxic environment that fundies create for TV networks proved too much for the company that destroyed hundreds of competitors. Microsoft got scared and backed out of the alliance.
The whole sorry tale is related by some clown named Brent
Bozo Bozell over at—where else?—Clownhall. In an article titled “A Stomachache for Our Sponsor”, Bozell writes:
In the earliest days of television, shows were often supported entirely by one sponsor. … The corporate patron was held responsible for the content within the program. More to the point, the corporate patron wanted the association with the show it was sponsoring.
True. But then the economics of television changed, and this model was no longer feasible. The networks switched to multiple sponsors per show. This is just the free market system at work. You know, capitalism—that thing conservatives are always worshiping (
instead of in addition to their nominal God).
On today’s TV shows, it’s all changed. Today’s sponsors run in large packs and appear to make no attempt to monitor shows and have no expectation of being held accountable for the “art” they’ve enabled.
Note the wolf-pack implication there. Fundies are helpless little deer in the dark woods of American culture. Always the victim.
So it is refreshing to learn that Microsoft has backed out of a deal to be the sole sponsor of a commercial-free special on Nov. 8 called “Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show.”
There was only one problem: MacFarlane’s repellent sense of humor and complete lack of taste. Variety reported Microsoft may have walked away since there were “riffs on deaf people, the Holocaust, feminine hygiene, and incest.”
In other words, Microsoft apparently had never actually watched an episode of Family Guy.
Microsoft sent MacFarlane and Fox chieftains several notes expressing their concern over the show’s contents, but ultimately decided just to wave a white flag and drop out.
This is what I mentioned earlier. The fundies have created such a hostile environment for sponsors these days that companies are afraid to be associated with anything that might offend the people who aren’t even watching the show! That’s the bitterest pill. The fundies have learned to change the channel when a show they don’t like is on. But they aren’t happy just with that freedom. They also want to take away our freedom to choose to watch that show.