• Family Guy’s Bizarre Fixation on Child Sex Abuse

    by  • May 7, 2014 • Misrated, Sex, Violence • 3 Comments

    familyguyHollywood 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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    Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large. She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment. She previously supervised the research and program content analysis operations of the PT and produced a number of groundbreaking PTC studies that document the levels of graphic sex, violence and profanity on television. Some of those reports include: The Ratings Sham I & II, Dying to Entertain, Faith in a Box, The Sour Family Hour, The Blue Tube, and TV Bloodbath. She began her career with the PTC in 1997 as an entertainment analyst, documenting instances of inappropriate content on television. Ms. Henson has appeared on a variety of television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Big Story, CNN Headline News’ ShowBiz Tonight, CNBC’s On the Money, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, and CBN’s Newswatch. She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country and has been quoted extensively in news sources such asEntertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Ms. Henson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Government. She resides in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and their son.

    3 Responses to Family Guy’s Bizarre Fixation on Child Sex Abuse

    1. Rick Maslow
      May 2, 2016 at 12:18 am

      Haha!! This was a hilarious episode!!! Thanks for highlighting it, the offensive jokes are great too haha!!!

      • Guy
        June 14, 2017 at 1:06 am

        You are cool

    2. Gail Rich
      May 25, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      this is so disgusting. I don’t watch this trashy show but know some who do. Evidently they don’t care or are just ignorant as to what is being said.

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