For polluting the public airwaves with ignorant, hate-filled, anti-Christian bigotry at Christmas, the Sunday, December 7th episode of Fox’s Family Guy is the Worst TV Show of the Week.
If, a week before Martin Luther King Day, a television program did a sketch portraying Dr. King as an lazy, shuffling, ignorant, fried-chicken-and-watermelon-eating janitor who obsequiously told his white boss, “Yassuh! Ah sho’ ‘nuff do dat, Mist’ Boss, suh!”, what reaction would greet the program?
In all likelihood, a firestorm of outrage would erupt throughout the media, from people of all races and backgrounds – AND IT SHOULD. There would be absolutely no excuse for such an utterly disrespectful and bigoted portrayal of a great man. And also in all likelihood, no television network would ever be so disrespectful (or so stupid) as to show such a program to begin with.
But change the African-American hero Martin Luther King to Jesus Christ – a person whom something like one BILLION people (one-sixth of the world’s population) believe to be the Son of God and Redeemer of the World — and the Fox broadcasting network is only too happy to air a program mocking and trashing Him, by using the Christian Messiah as the basis for a series of cheap, tawdry, and disgusting sex jokes.
Yet this is only what could be expected from the bigoted racist and misogynist who gave the world Dads and Ted, “We Saw Your Boobs” and The Cleveland Show – Fox’s own champion hatemonger, Seth MacFarlane.
Trashing Jesus is nothing new for MacFarlane, as Inquisitr.com noted:
Christ has appeared in a few episodes of Family Guy. Stewie once imagined watching a naked J.C. bathing himself. Jesus starred in an action movie titled The Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify This. And Christ worked at a record store in “I Dream of Jesus.”
Yet such examples seem like the most innocent, light-hearted fun compared to the December 7th episode “The 2,000-Year-Old Virgin. ” Peter is stunned to run into Jesus at the mall, and even more stunned to discover that he is still a virgin. As a result, Peter recruits pal Cleveland and child molester friend Quagmire to celebrate the day of Christ’s birth — by finding a way to end his celibacy.
In the episode, Peter and the guys ask Jesus what kind of women he’s attracted to.
Jesus: “Hot ladies. Horny ones who sex on you. Yeah, they come back to your house and sit on your butt.”
Quagmire: “Wait a minute. Jesus, have you ever been with a woman? Are you a virgin?”
Jesus: “Yeah, I am.”
Peter: “How the hell does that happen?”
Jesus: “Well, in high school, my best friend was this hot prostitute and I just kinda got into the friend zone. She’s all like, ‘Oh, there’s all these guys having sex me for money.’ And I’m all like, ‘Oh, you deserve better.’ And then I died.
The notion that Christ, who taught that “he who looketh on a woman with lust, the same commits adultery in his heart,” would want “Hot, horny ladies who sex on you” is as insulting as MacFarlane’s characterization of Christ’s relationship with Mary Magdalene.
But the show is just getting started with the insult “humor.” Peter offers his wife Lois to take Jesus’ virginity, in exchange for Jesus providing him with a new easy chair.
Lois: “Losing our virginity is a big deal. I’m sure Jesus doesn’t want some gross quickie.”
Peter: “No, no, it’ gonna be nothing like that. Just some random slut to maul at a bar back where the pay phones used to be.”
Then there’s the characterization of Christ insulting women (no surprise that MacFarlane thinks of women this way, though Christ certainly didn’t.)
Woman: “So are you having a good Friday?”
Jesus: “Oh, is that supposed to be funny? Shut your mouth, bitch.”
And what episode of Family Guy would be complete without jokes about child molestation?
Peter attempts to open a Facebook account for Jesus, but gets distracted by all the windows open on his computer.
Peter: “Let me just close a couple of these windows. There we go. Sorry, I was up late last night. Had the house to myself.”
Quagmire: “Lot of POV stuff.”
Peter: “Yeah, I like to pretend it’s mine down there what’s doing all the slapping.”
Joe: “Peter, how old is that girl?”
Peter: “Excuse me, won’t you.”
Peter dumps his laptop in the middle of the ocean.
Later, Christ participates in a Grand Theft Auto-style murderous car chase:
Carrie: “Jesus, take the wheel…I want to kill these (bleeped f***ing) cops.”
Jesus grabs the steering wheel as Carrie fires her shotgun at the cop car chasing her from behind.
Then, there’s this fantasy montage: Peter daydreams that he’s tubing down a river. He looks to the river bank and sees Jesus and Lois lying on a picnic blanket, kissing. Jesus appears to have briefs on, while Lois is in her bra and panties. She screams Jesus’ name as he kisses her neck. A man floats near Peter. ”
Man: “God, I love massage chairs. Are you on one too? ”
Peter: “Yes, but it’s horrible. I was bought for me by Jesus but now he’s doing my wife. ”
Man: “I’m sorry, did you say Jesus is sleeping with your wife? ”
Peter: “Great, now everybody knows my wife is taking Jesus’ virginity.”
Man: “Listen, pal. Jesus ain’t no virgin. He did the same thing to me last Christmas.”
Man2: … “Yeah, Jesus did the same thing to my wife Christmas before last and my buddy’s wife the year before that. “
Peter: “What the hell? But he’s so lonely.”
Man2: “Nah, he just acts lonely and lies about being a virgin so he can get with guys’ wives.”
Yes, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World, whose natal day millions will celebrate next week, was just a crooked, conniving man-whore. Thanks for that dose of bigotry, Seth.
It is no surprise that avowed atheist Seth MacFarlane would create a program that trashes religion and insults people of faith. But why does the Fox broadcast network insist on showing something so offensive?
Demands by MacFarlane’s fans that “if you don’t like it, just change the channel” miss the point. As Americans have recently seen in Ferguson, Missouri, the media has vast power to exaggerate, and even create, narratives which then cause massive social harm and even physical violence. Words and images matter. Thus, it behooves media to behave in a respectful manner when addressing certain topics. That such sensitivities surround race is understandable; but why should not religious believers be given the same respect?
This is not a remarkable request. Throughout most of the 20th century, it was understood that in polite society, religion was not a subject to be discussed, and certainly not mocked. Yet because MacFarlane himself is a rabid atheist (and because so many in the entertainment industry share his prejudice), he is allowed to insult literally millions of Americans…on the airwaves the American people themselves own. This is outrageous, and should not stand.
Once, American television gave viewers programming like A Charlie Brown Christmas, which respected the faith of Christians and still provided an entertaining experience for those of other faiths, or no faith at all. By contrast, today’s “entertainment” industry gives viewers Seth MacFarlane’s utterly offensive tale of “getting Jesus laid.”