Sep 24, 2014 6:10 PM

Before rape joke, 'Family Guy' had its critics

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) This weekend's crossover episode of Fox's "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" has received criticism for a scene where a character uses rape as a punchline for a joke. It's not the first time the adult-oriented humor on the animated "Family Guy" has gotten its creators in hot water. Here are some other examples:

Fox declined to air an episode, "Partial Terms of Endearment," during the 2009-10 season when family matriarch Lois Griffin contemplates an abortion. She was acting as a surrogate for a couple killed in an auto accident before the baby was born. Fox executives said it was fragile subject matter at a sensitive time. The episode was later released on DVD.

The episode, "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" was criticized as anti-Semitic by The Forward, a newspaper that spotlights Jewish issues. In it, the character Peter sings a song titled "I Need a Jew." Fox initially declined to air it, and it was shown first on Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network in 2003. Fox then aired it the next year.

Advocates for AIDS patients criticized a 2005 episode in which Peter was part of a barbershop quartet that dressed in red vests and danced around a man's hospital bed singing a song titled, "You Have AIDS."

Sarah Palin called the show's writers "heartless jerks" for a 2010 episode in which the character Chris dated a girl with Down syndrome. When Chris asked what her parents did, she replied: "My dad's an accountant, and my mom is the former governor of Alaska." Palin, who had resigned as Alaska governor months earlier, has a son with Down syndrome.


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