Earlier this month, “Family Guy” announced the show is “trying to phase out” gay jokes in an episode starring a face-off between Peter Griffin and a fictional version of President Donald Trump.
In response to this announcement, many fans took to social media to ultimately blame the LGBT+ community for the producers’ decision to move away from homophobic jokes.
RT, a Russian international television network tweeted, “New culture, new rules. #FamilyGuy will no longer make gay jokes that are deemed as politically incorrect, after producers admit that those lines are unacceptable for today’s audience.”
One user went viral with over 400,000 likes after quote-tweeting RT’s statement, adding the comment, “Some of yalls parents raised a bitch & it shows.”
I’m going to let you in on a little Gay Agenda™ secret – contrary to popular belief, there isn’t some overwhelming homosexual initiative to rid “Family Guy” of its insensitive humor toward the LGBT+ community.
Of course I’m pleased to hear the show’s executive producer, Alec Sulkin, say, “Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.” His statement displays the producers’ developing understanding of the impact the show’s humor has on viewers who may be absorbing the jokes at face value.
Sulkin’s statement demonstrates an understanding that gay jokes are not acceptable, not because the LGBT+ community is too sensitive, but because gay jokes are inherently homophobic and deeply detrimental to the well-being of the community.
Although the news pleases me, personally advocating that a show so well-known for its offensive humor, actually rid itself of gay jokes is not at the top of my Gay Agenda™ list.
So what is at the top of my list? Well for one, I’d like to point out that it seems like the producers’ decision is not so much about not offending the LGBT+ community, as it is about educating straight people.
Too many people do not understand that someone’s sexuality is not a basis for judging their humanity. Until people begin to have a basic understanding of that concept, it’s not OK to continue using the excuse, “We’re not laughing at you, we’re laughing with you.”
I enjoy a little self-deprecating humor, but I understand the cost because it’s at my own expense.
I applaud the decision to phase out gay jokes on “Family Guy” because it’s time for people to understand that their laughter is at the expense of a community that’s been internalizing disparaging comments for far too long.