Thesis: "Before I was such a devotee, however, I was adamantly opposed to the program for its particular brand of humor. It will come to no surprise that I was not alone in this view; many still denounce Family Guy as bigoted and crude."
Page 259: “In 2007, comedian Carol Burnett sued Fox for 6 million dollars, claiming that the show’s parody of the Charwomen, a character that she created for The Carol Burnett Show, not only violated copyright but also besmirched the character’s name in revenge for Burnett’s refusal to grant permission to use her theme song.” This quote proves that there are many people out there who think that Family Guy is a bad show.
Page 261: “Those who don’t often watch the program (Family Guy) could easily come to think that the cartoon takes pleasure in controversial humor just for its own sake. But those who pay more attention and think about the creator’s intensions can see that Family Guy intelligently satirizes some aspects of American culture.” I think that this is an important part of Peacocke’s writing; she feels that it is a common misconception that the creator’s of Family Guy are making all these jokes for their own humor. The show should be taken a little less seriously about the content of the show and people should dissect the content of the show to figure out the deeper meaning.
Page 262: “The more off-color jokes, though, those that give Family Guy a bad name, attract a different kind of viewer.” These are the viewer who are able to look deeper into what the creator’s are actually trying to point out, not to just poke jokes at different cultures or whoever is being targeted in the particular episode.
Respond to Douglas Ruskoff Bart Simpson: Prince of Irreverence
I believe that Peacocke would think that Ruskoff’s argument about The Simpsons applies to Family Guy as well. She would believe that there are many similarities between the two shows, but differ in a sense of how explicit the creator’s are about the point they are making. Family Guy relies on their viewers to analyze what they are watching, whereas The Simpsons simply point out the “media imagery around a particular social issue.”
Respond to Dana Stevens Thinking Outside the Idiot Box
I think that Peacocke would agree with Stevens in the fact that adult men and women should be able to decide on what and how much TV they should be allowed to watch. The fact the TV shows like Family Guy and The Simpsons are not made for child viewers, they are made for adult viewers and they should be able to make their own choices on what to watch.