Hollywood has been dogged by stories of rampant and wide-spread child sex abuse for years. Former child actor Corey Feldman has spoken openly about the abuse he and his late friend and former co-star Corey Haim suffered when they were just starting out. Said Feldman, “I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia.”
Last year, Martin Weiss, a Hollywood manager who represented children was charged with sexually abusing former clients. Most recently, two different young men accused a high-power Hollywood director of coercing them into having sex with him while they were underage.
Childhood sex abuse leaves physical and emotional scars that for most survivors, never heal. But on Family Guy, it’s just fodder for more tasteless jokes.
Since January of this year alone, there have been multiple episodes of Family Guy that have joked about and trivialized the sexual abuse of minors:
Suzy scampers into the room and into Quagmire’s arms.
Quagmire: There’s my little Suzy-whoozy.
Peter: I love Suzy more. C’mere, Suzy. Uncle Peter’s gonna give you a raspberry.
Peter scoops up Suzy. The camera turns away and points to Quagmire and Joe’s shocked reactions. Off-camera, Peter is making a farting noise.
Quagmire: Peter, that’s not where you do a raspberry.
Peter: I closed my eyes too early.
Joe: I think it’s best if you leave.
Peter: This place give me the creeps, like when I went to that pedophile opera.
Announcer: We are proud to present Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in A minor.
Peter: I actually can’t believe they let me into heaven. They won’t even let me umpire Little League games anymore.
Cut to: Little League game. A kid swings and misses.
Peter: Strike two! And Ricky, you have got the best ass on this field.
Peter stands on a chair while he helps Evelyn bake.
Peter: When I baked with my mom, I always stood on a chair. Another memory is my Uncle Roy putting his thumb in me.
Brian: Art is scary. This is writing, man. The viewer wants to be raped.
Writer: Are you saying my nine-year-old daughter wants to be raped?
Brian: Now you’re asking the right questions.
And on the most recent episode:
Lois: You really think Meg is college material, Principal Sheppard?
Sheppard: Yes, she’s a solid B student. And that’s quite an accomplishment considering none of her teachers are willing to sleep with her.
Peter: Sophomore year she was molested by the janitor. Does that help?
So given the very real problem Hollywood has historically had with child sexual predation and the most recent round of accusations, and given the very real and lasting harm for the victims; why do the writers of Family Guy still want us to think this is a laughing matter?
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