Fundies Foil World Domination Plot

The Demonic Duo

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.

7 Responses to “Fundies Foil World Domination Plot”

  1. Laura Says:

    You would think after decades of trying that strategy, they would learn that it doesn’t work that well. They might get one or two sponsors to pull, but have they actually managed to get something taken off the air? Remember when they tried to take down Disney? Eventually, they admitted defeat (of course, it wasn’t defeat, though! They found some sort of trumped up reason!)

  2. Troy Says:

    I watched it tonight. Didn’t find it offensive, though not terribly funny. The WB movie trailers were preferable to a Windows 7 commercial. Boycots don’t work if your product is good (or ubiquitous) enough. Also there is no such thing as bad publicity: being noticed is what sells. Bad decision by microsoft but who really won’t amount to a hill of beans for them either way.

  3. flounder Says:

    Microsoft got it right for once. That show was so awful I would not want my company associated with it in any way. It was not awful because it was offensive it was awful because it was NOT FUNNY. By not funny I don’t mean offensive I just mean NOT FUNNY. Bad jokes, poor delivery, godawful timing, excessive setups for very poor punchlines, horrendous acting just plain BAD all around. It was like watching a comedy equivalent of and Ed Wood movie except not as funny and less well acted.

  4. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Hmm. I DVR’ed it last night. I haven’t watched it yet. I hope I enjoy it more than flounder. :-)

    Really, I don’t see the big deal, honestly. It still aired. There are still likely way more MacFarlane fans than complainers. Plus, this keeps them occupied on stupid non-important things instead of yanking away our civil rights.

    Besides, I participated in writing advertisers complaints that advertised on Beck’s show. Free market, etc.

  5. Mike aka MonolithTMA Says:

    We watched it and enjoyed it, particularly when a certain celebrity came out at just the right, or wrong time. ;-)

    Overall we’d much rather watch an episode of Family Guy. This show reminded me of their not incredibly funny music album.

  6. Parrotlover77 Says:

    I watched it last night. I liked it! It had a certain old variety show charm — the kind of thing you don’t see anymore. Of course that fits right in with what I understand some of MacFarlane’s interests are. Such as the big band singing and rat pack comedy routines… although with a bit more penis and vagina jokes. I really enjoyed it!

  7. Mike aka MonolithTMA Says:

    @Parrotlover77

    Yes, the comedic timing of it all was definitely a nod to old variety shows.