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IN YOUR ANALYSIS OF FAMILY GUY COMMENT ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH IT IS OFFENSIVE TRASH OR SATIRICAL WIT.

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IN YOUR ANALYSIS OF FAMILY GUY COMMENT ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH IT IS OFFENSIVE TRASH OR SATIRICAL WIT. Family guy is a show that is surrounded by controversy. The jokes that are made could be considered 'satirical wit' or 'offensive trash'. The show highlights many controversial issues such as paedophilia and racism through comedy. The show was taken off air after complaints about the amount of offence it caused people, but after a rise in DVD sales from people who thought the show was obvious satirical wit. So which is it 'satirical wit' or 'offensive trash'? An example of where there is controversy over the jokes in Family Guy is in the episode Brian Does Hollywood. Peter is driving down the freeway and he is pulled over by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). We then see two Police officers beating Peter while Lois is recording it. This mirrors the Rodney King incident of 1991. Apart from the funny side of the joke Family Guy points out the serious issue of racial discrimination in the LAPD today, this shows how the show is satire because it passes across a serious message through the use of comedy Another quote which might be considered a racist comment made by Peter is "I'd like to propose a toast to our neighbours. ...read more.

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Someone compliments him on how talented he is, but when Peter tells him he is only just pretending, the other man starts calling him a phoney and following him everywhere screaming at him. Although Stewie and Brian's being glued together is mildly entertaining, it only happened because Stewie wanted to abuse the adhesive by sniffing it. Solvent abuse is a very serious issue and it should not be used so casually as a method of creating humour. This is especially bad because he is only a young baby and babies should in no way be connected to drug abuse, even if it is only as a joke. In 'Family Guy' religious figures are often compared to people. Stewie compares God to an evil genius with the following quote "You know, I rather like this God fellow. Very theatrical, you know. Pestilence here, a plague there. Omnipotence ... gotta get me some of that." Stewie has the misguided opinion that he is an evil genius. He is referring to the characteristics that God has and thinks that they would be ideal for an evil genius. This could be very offensive to Christian believers again, as God is thought of as "all good" in their religion and 'Family Guy' portrays him as the complete opposite. However, many Christian believers will laugh at Stewie's comment and the stupidity of it. ...read more.

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These random scenes are definitely satirical as they do not offend anyone and they are very unusual and funny. 'Family Guy' also often ridicules things that people have done to give viewers a different perspective on those peoples actions. One of the most controversial points in 'Family Guy' is a clip ridiculing Osama bin Laden threatening America. Osama bin Laden has just started to threaten America when he says a word wrong and starts to laugh hysterically. He eventually starts playing with a rubber chicken. 'Family Guy' as an American cartoon is shown in this scene encouraging Americans to laugh at their enemies. They have done this in a very clever way by using post-modern humour and ridicule in one scene. Overall, Family Guy is made to be comedy, it is not intended to insult or offend people. However in trying to be satirical, it can easily cause offence by insulting some people's way of life. The main downfall of Family Guy is that it uses taboo issues far too freely when it tries to be humorous. This, however, can also be seen as one of the best points. This proves how easily things can be interpreted so differently, so easily. This is also the very reason that many people like it so much, while many others despise it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jack Casey English Coursework Miss McGuiness - 1 - ...read more.

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