Controversial episode makes stark condemnation of candidates
By Matthew B. Zeidman
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 10/20/08 – Sunday night’s installment of Fox’s animated sitcom, “Family Guy,” was controversial from the start, involving a Jewish pharmacist being thrust back in time to witness the German invasion of Poland during World War II. However, the episode ensured its discussion around water coolers Monday morning by comparing Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin to Nazis.
The brief stab at the Republican presidential and vice-presidential nominees occurred during a scene when characters Brian (an anthropomorphic dog), Mort (a Rhode Island pharmacist) and Stewie (a super-intelligent toddler) beat up three Nazi officers, in order to steal their uniforms.
“Hey, there’s something on here,” Stewie remarked during the segment, as he noticed an anachronistic McCain/Palin campaign button on his disguise’s lapel. “Huh, that’s weird.”
The show’s creator and the voice behind Brian and Stewie, Seth MacFarlane, is a supporter of McCain’s Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, having donated $2,300 to Obama’s presidential campaign between 2007 and 2008 and tens of thousands to other Democratic causes since 2005.
MacFarlane also spoke at an Obama rally at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University earlier this month, during which he read a transcript of an interview with Palin regarding Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which the Alaskan governor does not support. He read the lines in the voice of Peter, Stewie’s bumbling father on “Family Guy,” for comic effect.