This Sunday's planned crossover between "Family Guy," "The Cleveland Show" and "American Dad" has been postponed to next season, according to the New York Times.
The recent events in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and other parts of the southeastern U.S. are the reason for the last-minute postponement, the paper reports.
The episodes involve a hurricane that hits the fictional locales of Stoolbend, Quahog and Langley Falls, according to a description posted by the Fox network earlier this week.
Those towns, of course, are the locations of the Brown/Tubbs, Griffin and Smith families in the popular Sunday night animated series produced by Seth MacFarlane.
The 90-minute interconnected story was a major part of Fox's plans for May sweeps. Instead, the network will air reruns of all three series.
Do you think Fox made the right decision postponing these episodes until the fall (or possibly even later)?
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I personally think that it was a shame they did not air the three part crossover. If so many people are worried about sparing the feelings of those who experienced the travesty, well most of those people shouldn't really be spending their time watching TV if they just experienced this. This is the whole point of Family Guy and the other two shows; to make fun of anything and everything, or treat it in a funny manner so as to make people be amused. The touchy subjects are on the show for a reason.
It was a foolish thing to do, really, and worse things have happened in the world that Family Guy made fun of yet they still aired the shows, and in accordance to the events; things worse than tornadoes. It's dumb, really.
This last year many family members of mine have died, one just recently, and im not offended about any of this or if movies where people die coming on tv. also, i could care less if they aired it. i really like family guy. why did they do a stupid thing like this.
I can think of no BETTER time to air a show about a hurricane than during a hurricane! How topical could you get? And if it had aired people everywhere would have been wondering how they managed to write and produce the shows so damn fast (although somehow South Park manages to do just that, producing episodes with current events in them the same week).
Last year, the abortion episode got banned in America, but they still showed it on TV in the UK. Maybe they will do the same thing again.
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too thin skinned, play the F'in episode, ridiculous
People have been offended by Family Guy since Season 1 and what do they do? They switch the channel or they turn off the television. People who get offended by the new episode can do the exact same thing. But the recent disaster is still fresh, CNN, FOX and other television networks and MacFarlane are doing what they think is right. Personally I don't mind waiting to watch the new episode as I do not mind watching old episodes. They are just as good as the new ones.
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Wimps. Once again, changing things that have zero problems. People are way too sensitive. If you can't handle TV, don't watch it.
This is a continuing trend in American media today. When exactly did the collective public loose their mind exactly? When did entertainment become so entangled with reality?
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I live in Tuscaloosa. I live a half mile from some of the worst damage. I am staying across town, where yes, I have power and internet and TV.
Instead of calling us whiners, why don't you realize that this was Fox's decision, and not based on something we asked for? It's called common respect, and it's something a lot of folks seem to have forgotten. Seth McFarlane is from Atlanta, and I'm sure he has friends over here, people he's met and cared about, so I would think that he feels some loyalty to the area.
So why don't you all quit your own whining about a TV show, and just deal with it? If Fox wants to be respectful, guess what? They pay for the series to be aired.
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I live in Tuscaloosa. Alabama and my friends and I were actually looking forward to the new episode just to bring our spirits up. I'm pretty sure no one would have been offended by the episode just because the episode was created long before the storms came through. The only people who might have been offended are the people who either had nothing happen to them and think that they were standing up for people, or the ones who are offended by every single family guy episode. I can't blame Fox for doing what they did, but I would really like to see the episode shown by the end of this season, and if Fox is really worried about offending people here, have seth mcfarland come on before the episode explaining that the episode is not intended in any way to offend the people affected by the recent storms.
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I'll admit it is a major suckatude, but they're doing it in respect and right now wouldn't be the time to air
it.I was upset at first when they decided to postpone but now I see why.I don't even whatch the show that much anyway.But Season 10 will come just like that.But for now we all have to move on there is nothing we can do about it.
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cry cry that is all i hear people die things happen and there is not a thing we can do about it stop crying about the show they took it off to save grace and now people cry about it is because of people like you that there is so many problems in america i am talking about every single one of you people i just wanted to know if the shows were not being shown because of the disater and this is the frist pop up in google and now after reading all your bs i feel pity for you all every one of you people are just dumb and are killing america so have a good day and i hope all of you die a horrible death
Yes, I think that it is probably a good idea to put the crossover on hiatus. I am disappointed, but we need to pay some respect.
It would be if they air it next month.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer faced a similar dilemma when their episode "Earshot", featuring an attempted school shooting, was due to air shortly after Columbine. They pulled the episode, but showed it at the end of the series, out of continuity, I think it was the right course of action for them, and I think it's what Fox should do here.
To air the episode now, in the immediate aftermath would be disrespectful. However, in a month or two, when help is still sorely needed but the story has slipped off the front pages, I think airing these episodes, with some sort of tag at the end to tell people how/where they can help, would return focus to the plight of those afflicted. The episodes will doubtless reflect the insensitivity these shows are known for, but they can use their prominence to a good end in this situation. Just not immediately.
Au mom, Good luck to all of you! What a horrible thing, I'm very sorry.
"The episodes involve a hurricane that hits the fictional locales of Stoolbend, Quahog and Langley Falls, according to a description posted by the Fox network earlier this week." KEY WORD TO CATCH HERE IS *HURRICANE*!!! Fox was not choosing to show the episodes the weekend after Katrina, they were scheduled to show them after a series of TORNADOES!!! There is no sensitivity to be worried about. In addition, there is no death in a cartoon. Even if it's portrayed (*and the character still comes back to life later*), it's not due to something like a natural disaster.
It's a simple act of solidarity. I'm sure no one in the area will see the episodes and anyone who may have lost a loved one could easily turn the channel, but this shows people are aware of the tragedy, and stand with the victims. This is a kind gesture on the part of Fox, and Seth Mcfarlane, and I think they should be commended for not pushing the bar this one time.
I love all 3 of those shows and definitely Fox did the right thing. Jeff S your a heartless ass and for your families sake I hope tragedy never strikes them. You however deserve whatever crap comes your way.
Best to wait. Maybe it shouldn't air at all, but get turned into a DVD release, with some of the proceeds going to the relief efforts. Seth's pretty compassionate.
I'm surprised, personally I don't watch this sh!t. They try way to hard to offend and is annoying not funny.
Huh?! Fox is being new age politically correct?!
While those in the heart of disaster might not have power or television, those of us in surrounding communities do. We are heartbroken for our state. This wasn't some small disaster that left trees down and power outages. This was a once in a lifetime, dangerous storm that left thousands homeless. There are more than 200 confirmed dead and almost 500 more are missing. We are aching for our friends and family and appreciate the kind gesture more than you could know.
Are people too easily offended sometimes? Yes. Might they be able to appreciate humor even in the midst of tragedy? Maybe. But if Fox was willing to postpone the episodes to spare the feelings of a hurt and grieving people, shouldn't we also be a little more compassionate and understanding?
They did the right thing postponing the episodes. It is simply decent and compassionate thing to do.
Good call Family Guy guys.
the victims don't have working television so it wouldn't bother them.
It is important that we pay attention to what is happening around our country. People in California or New York may be upset that such an episode is cancelled, but a number of states have gone through such horrific experiences that they need time to heal before they can laugh about such a matter. Think of the saying "too soon". Fox was able to make a tough decision, and I believe it was a smart one. I know if my home were destroyed or I had lost loved ones, I would need time to heal before I could handle something like this episode to be aired.
They should have aired the episodes. People never seem to realize this, but being able to laugh about a tragedy of this magnitude helps to humanize it and make it easier to cope with and ultimately move beyond.
People that are affected by the tornadoes are really sitting around watching Family Guy.
Noble thing to do. :(
Funny how the people who make decisions like this are always everyone but the victims. Did anyone ask what they think?
The people who will be offended by airing these 3 episodes are those directly impacted by the devistation of the Storm. Although comedy is the best form of medecine it was probably in Fox's best interest to delay the airing of this topic in respect for those who lost lives.
Show the episodes NOW, you spineless losers!
That's lame... play the cartoons already. If it offends some people so what, some group of people will get offended by any episode of family guy. Besides, they're just a bunch of dead rednecks anyway...does it really matter if a few palin fans are gone?
The baby boomers that f*c*ed up this country! i dont care about peter or meg! what is care about is the damn gas prices are too fricken high!!!!!
This is PC BS crap!
Air the episode.
hopefully southpark will come through with a tornado episode or something...since fox is concerned about peoples feelings
I don't get Family Guy. It's just not that funny. Now Futurama, that's comedic gold.
Postponing these shows is not about being "PC" or "not wanting to offend others", its about decency, respect and integrity. I've been a fan of Family Guy for years but what troubles me is the complete apathy and indifference that so many people have for the suffering of others. Sad.
Having been in one of the areas hit by the tornadoes, I can honestly say I could use a healthy dose of humor. I can certainly understand the network's reason for postoning the shows, but unless there's a part in the show(s) where someone goes OMG ALABAMA GOT OWNED LOLOLOLOLOL I don't see how I would be offended... then again I'm pretty thick skinned.
I just think many of you have not heard the term "too soon". Families are still waiting to hear if their sons or daughters or mothers or fathers are even alive, and while yes, many of those who no longer have homes will not be able to watch, there are still many family members and loved ones who have televisions and power. I think it was a good decision, because four days after the catastrophe is what I would call...too soon.
Family Guy is funny.
As a student at the University of Alabama, I thank Fox for their compassion. To those of you that say people are weak or pathetic for holding off on a joke about people dying in weather related disasters, I say we are just the opposite. In the past 48+ hours I wave seen more strength, compassion, courage, and intelligence than I ever thought possible. We've also seen the opposite of those virtues in the form of the looters and those looking to take advantage of our misfortune. Humor in times of hardship is a blessing, but there is a time and a place for certain topics. If you disagree, fair enough, you have that right. But as to those that were afftected, we're thankful for all of the outreach that our fellow Americans have been giving.
Recycling another sign of Family Guy's depressing decline. Family Guy already did a Hurricane episode 10 plus years earlier in Season 2. I betcha the majority of Family Guy "fans" who started watching after the Surfin Bird episode didn't know that.
Brainless. People need some comic relief in the midst of tragedy. Plus the network will now get hammered during sweeps if all they have to offer is reruns. There's nothing wrong with airing topical content unless they go out of their way to offend victims of the tragedy. This is America, man – we invented bad taste. We wallow in it. We think it's funny.
Also adding some ads for donations to the Red Cross and disaster relief to the show might actually make it a positive thing.
i can't believe some of you people! i live in alabama and i was fortunate enough to not have my town hit by the tornadoes. but some of the surrounding towns where completely destroyed. they are still finding people's dead bodies is the harder hit places. if this happened to you town or to your family i would hope you would be more sympathetic. if all you can do is complain about not gettin to watch a stupid show think about the people who will never get to see their children again.. who will never be the same bc of what happened to their family. just keep these things in mind the next time you complain about something not even worth complaining about.
can we get a online release?
I wondered how long it would be until someone rememered that Fox aired that Hurricane episode right after Katrina; Fox is, and always will be,a piece of crap.
I think they made a good choice. My thoughts go out to all of the people going through this tragedy.
Wow, an inkling of morality and good taste from fox, i'm astounded.
As I was watching Twister I heard the tornado sirens going off.
This is yet another example of the wussification of America. There are disasters that happen everyday in every part of the country, world for that matter. Is what happened to the people affected horrible? Yes, with out question. How long do we have to wait to show said episodes? How long is long enough to "get over it" or "forget about it". For the average American it will only be a matter of days or weeks. But for the people directly involved they will have these memories for ever. There are survivors of the Holocaust that are still living, and some of them may have been greatly affect by a movie like "Schindler's List". But it's been 50+ years so it must be ok to do it now. Like I said, the people directly affected my never find it "the right time" to air these episodes, and I think that Fox is playing it "safe" when they do not need to.
My thoughts and prayers to all those involved and and deeply sorry for what they have lost.
It seems like da only ones offended , are a bunch o grown ass ppl who watch a R/X-RATED cartoon ! And 4 da luv of God ...sum1 please cancel The Simpsons !
They just wanted to make sure their numbers weren't down due to power outages lol
its just a matter of sensitivity. its kind of like right after 911 they changed the opening sceme to one of the spiderman movies bc he was supposed to be between the twin towers. its not ignorant. it compassionate. i was in texas where we had tornadoes that night and it was terrifying. if u werent affected then u cant understand.
I am shocked by so many peoples' rude and disrespectful comments on here. Airing the episode would not "offend" someone. It's not about political correctness here or something of that sort. It's about the people who died and ALL of their families and friends. It's a pretty simple concept for most to grasp. A few key words that seem to be missing in this day and age: respect, concern, empathy,compassion, and love. These days it's all about "me, me, me..." People can't seem to handle not getting their t.v. show fix, game fix, music fix, etc. Material things left and right. What ever happened to COMPASSION!? I mean really, if it's THAT upsetting to you that you have to wait a little bit to see an episode of Family Guy out of respect of the deaths of hundreds of people and their friends and families (who very likely DO have t.v.'s ~ that was one of the lamest statements made about them not having t.v.'s to be 'offended'), then I think that says you've got a major problem in your life.
And to the military person who posted here about his service in Iraq, thank you for your service and I'm so sorry you had to experience such tragedies.
Fortunately, you are a voice of reason
My heart goes out to those families who've lost homes and loved ones, but we say our prayers, dust off our feet, and move on. No one held programming when Katrina devastated the lower half of Louisiana. No one stopped programming when Gustav came the following year and tore down all that had been reconstructed, but Family Guy proceeded to aire the flood episode where they poked fun at putting Cleveland in the stadium by himself. Bottomline is it poked fun at a tradegy and people still laughed and life went on. Let's stop being so overly sensative about every damn thing. This is the time that we need to be laughing and thinking of better things in the midst of all the tragedy life goes on.
You make very good points, and in a respectful manner. :) Thanks.
Thats exactly what i was thinking and you put it in a nice way.
Only in a country where people can't separate cartoons from reality. Thanks a lot Glen Beck.
This makes sense... They want to have all available viewers to watch. This gives them time to buy themselves a new tv.
I don't think a few thousand missing TV's makes a big dent in Fox's numbers.
This is a cartoon right? No one is forcing anyone to watch it right? Although the material might be in poor taste at this time, it is not reality, Fox did not set out to offend anyone. Fox is not forcing anyone to watch this. So while the move is the right thing to do at the current time given the current tragedy, which is truly sad. Just shut the heck up and get on with your lives.
Right decision. Good call, Fox.
Well said Tom. I don't care if they did it just to look good. It just makes sense.
The point is not that the people in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and surrounding areas do not have power. I know many people who live down by me in south Alabama who have family there. This is in very good, respectful taste. People need time to heal. There are at least 4 towns that no longer exist. They have been leveled. Maybe not all of you have been in such a disaster that you loose everything you own. Someone said that hurricanes and tornadoes happen in the south and that is just the way it is. Yes, every year there are hurricanes and tornadoes. The tornadoes that tore up North Alabama were part of a horrific storm, one that has not appeared since The Great Depression.
A rare display of good taste by Fox Network. Who knew?
If you don't understand why they chose to do this, then you really are truly brilliant. What I am more surprised about is this decision was made by the last group of people I would expect to ever make such a decision. The so called "Fair and Balanced Network" that is typically neither fair nor balanced. Maybe there's hope for them yet?
If you think postponing this episode was a bad idea, then I encourage you to watch "Idiocracy", and then reconsider your position...
All three shows are offensive to the concept of comedy.
Especially American Dad. What a piece of crap.
It's a show and it's a hurricane, come on America!!!
I was lucky. I survived many tornadoes.
And each and every time, I would rise from the rubble, find a car that would still run, drive 32 miles to where the
electricity was working...and find comfort in watching Family Guy.
Political Correctness rears it's ugly head, AGAIN! PC- the Usurper of freedom of speech.
This has nothing to do with being PC, and everything to do with respecting the fact that people died. Fox is a private company, and has every right to decide when to air this episode. Should we make light of your death? What a lonely life you must lead...
Hey Scott....people die every day. More people die in a single day from non-natural disasters. Are we suppose to spend everyday respecting those that died to the point that the rest of us dont live?
And feel free to make light of my death when it happens.
Jeff, I don't know what's happened in your life to make you so caustic, but what I do know is that Fox has every right to postpone this episode -even if they wanted to do it just to look good and not out of actual respect- whenever they want, and people whining that they can't watch it is the most asinine thing I have ever heard. If I wanted to have fun by peeing on your mother's grave, would that be ok? Can't I just live a little? If she's dead, what does that hurt her? Of course I don't want to do that, but I hope you get the picture. You can live without watching Family Guy. I like the show, and can take it when they make fun of my beliefs, but to complain when the network decides to delay airing the episode is childish at best. Use the time to go for a walk or do something productive.
This is an absolutely intolerable. Are the executives really afraid of offending the people who deliberately choose to live and work in Tornado Alley and who are well aware of the risks that the weather presents in those areas, and who all have the freedom to get up and move away at any time they so wish, or at least rebuild their houses with better materials every time they get demolished?
This is a case of unforgivable pandering to the small segment of the population that is emotionally unstable enough to actually take offense at something as trivial as a perceived connection, and the people who made the decision to pull the plug should be mortified because I, as an anonymous and abrasive hack, being thoroughly unqualified as a healthcare professional, have to point out the obvious: they are each missing one spinal cord each, and they should all see their physicians ASAP, before this ‘condition’ causes them to make any more ridiculous concessions to unstable people: those people are the problem and because of them, humor needs to be sacrificed?
No, it doesn’t. They need to seek help, and the network execs need to see how ridiculous their decision truly is: it perpetuates the message that unstable whiners and complainers should be accommodated to avoid offending them, when instead, those people should be ignored, so they find the incentive to get over their own superficial issues and stop bugging everybody else with their incessant whining and complaining.
I hope like crazy this actually reaches a suit responsible for this decision, and since my email contact information might be acquired through this website, I’d like to challenge them and see if any of them actually have the guts to tell me in writing that I’m right, when they must know that I am. Stop following every single, ridiculous guideline issued by your legal-eagles, alright Hollywood? Geesh!
You think your entertainment is more important than showing respect for people that died? In that case, entertain the rest of us by jumping off a cliff. Don't get offended, it's our right to see you do that if we want to.
So JB, seeing as how you think we can all just up and move when ever we feel like it or build our homes out of better material. Do you have the money to come here and relocate each and everyone of us w/ the promise of a job? Did you know that in Alabama there are "weather" laws on how homes have to built? I am going to dare say NO to both of the questions seeing as how you showed your straight lack of concern for anyone but, you. Have you ever lost everything because of a natural disaster? Maybe lost your home because, of an ice storm? So you are saying that all of the elderly that cannot get the medicine, all of the child who do not have a home or maybe any family left, all of those who did not eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner tonight while you sat on your butt and stuffed your mouth, those who are dying or dead, those who need our help...we should just ignore? Forget them they are not your problem right? Well you know what, I live on the Gulf Coast in Alabama and it is everyones problem. I pray for you that you never have to suffer such loose. Do you know that there are at least 4 towns that no longer exist? People from those towns are MISSING. GONE. I pray for you.
@JB – your rant is rediculous.
That ego-centric rant was the funniest thing I've seen all day, Thank you!
JB must have it all made from what it sounds like- LOL.
what...are you kidding me? okay okay....excuse me but hurricanes are not tornadoes
SO AGREE!! hurricanse are not tornados..and since when does humor that effects part of the country determine what the rest of the country can laugh at....sorry bout your bad luck but i dont think a COMEDY show is that big a deal , i say air it and stop helping the pussification of america
If it's so offensive, why air it at all. 9/11 was pretty offensive but I've seen tv shows and comedians take jabs at it. Vietnam was pretty offensive but I've seen video games based on it. If you feel something is offensive, turn the dial and don't watch it. I'm tired of everybody's fake outrage.
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It's not offensive...just dumb.
It's Family Guy. It is supposed to be crass, insensitive, and hilarious. I think the people who suffered in the Southeast have a lot more to be worried about than a cartoon.
South Park should have a field day with this!
A lot of TV shows/movies will cover current events, bad or good..tragic or happy. Humor is a wonderful way to cope with loss. It's probably a wise choice to postpone it (depending on the content) however, they could also do some good by airing it. Maybe even open up with a short commentary about sites/organizations that are dedicated to aiding those who have been affected by the recent disasters. Its just a cautious and courteous way to deal with touchy subject matter...
Ridiculous, but not shocking.
Either everything is sacred, or nothing is sacred. If people get offended by the show, then they probably shouldn't be watching it in the first place.
I would not have been offended, but it would have been in poor taste to have gone ahead with airing the episode. Glad to see Fox still has a shred of dignity left.
And yes, it's a thoughful move by FOX....I just think that some of them over there think that they'll gain respect for this, and that they're not doing it to actually be thoughful. That's my word.
Total crap here. I understand the storms, and the tragedy they caused. Let's start with that. It's a terrible situation, of course. But I honestly think that FOX is using this as publicity to say, "Hey, we're thoughtful and nice, look at us doing the right thing." It's a cartoon, for one thing. They wouldn't lose viewers over this, because people wouldn't care. If that's their logic, they should've banned the entire episode where Brian and Stewie were locked in a bank vault, because our nation's economy is screwed. Next point, there are channels everywhere that are airing their normal seasonal tv specials about storms at this time of year. Those shows about storm chasers are still on. The Weather Channel runs that stuff everyday. FOX seems to not even care about their goldmine that is Family Guy. They've pre-empted, pushed back, and just completely threw the entire season 9 off by airing one or two episodes per month. It's a joke what they've got going on there. Again though, the storms were a tragedy, and we all hope for the best. That's that.
Out of respect for the lost of lives and devastation to all those effected by this natural disaster...FOX did the right thing.
i love how pepole r saying get over it its just a cartoon well eaxctly it is just a cartoon so whats the problem with airing it its not out there to offend anyone its just a cartoon so air he god damn thing and im pretty sure a year is over long enough to wait id say it takes a week to get over it
Last time I checked anyone watching who might be offended has the option to change the channel. Unless someone knows otherwise i don't think anyone is being forced to watch these shows.
dammit i cant c my family guy & cleveland show & american dad!!!!!!save em fox!!!!!!!sav de people!!!!
Put it on the air!
What think Katrina whiners will not like it? It's been years...
We need humor.
As long as we can all have a good laugh because a family member or loved one of yours died, I'm ok with that. Because your entertainment is waaaaay more important than showing an ounce of respect to people who died.
This isn't about Katrina, it's about the tornadoes in Alabama. The devastation depicted would look the same and it would hit too close to home. I agree that if it wasn't for what happened in Alabama this week, the timing would be right to joke about hurricanes so long after Katrina.
I rarely approve of anything FOX does, but I think they made a very compassionate decision on this and I applaud them.
I don't think this is necessary. As long as it's not directly parodying the events I think this is an overreaction. There is a such thing as being 'too' sensitive IMO, but as long as they don't outright ban or censor the episode I guess it's fine.
CMON HOW CAN THOSE FOLKS EVEN WATCH TV IF THEY DON'T HAVE POWER.
Awww, man, you mean I have to actually watch something else for that hour that I'm wasting away into a pile of rot on my couch!? Damn. Stupid people. How dare they decide to die during May sweeps!
my show the other day got cut & interrupted for Obahhhhmas great lil news conference.
If these shows can get put on hold then Obahhhhmas stupid birth certificate should have been postponed as well.
Considering it was a stupid press conference which had no real purpose what so ever
Instead they will air "The Wizard of Oz"
Good thing Fox is a company that realized the majority of views would view it in bad taste, thus causing them lost viewers and lost revenue. It may be out of respect, as well, and sure not everyone might get what it's like to search for your daughter/mother/brother/father/husband/etc.'s dead body in a pile of all of your possessions and memories smashed around you, but ultimately it's up to that company from both a respect and revenue standpoint. Yes, Family Guy may not always be in "good taste", but do you think it would be ok to air an episode about two buildings collapsing and killing thousands a week after 9/11? I think not. /endrant
You know i understand "freedom of speech" and I also understand "comedy", but come on 300 people lost their lves and t has not even been one week yet.
Having fun and all is ok, i am a big fan of comedy. but this just show how USA citizen have no more sympathy. t s very sad indeed, this is the reason why ths country s going down.
How stupid. A hurricane in a cartoon has nothing to do with tornadoes in Alabama. What a bunch of wussified fools we have become.
The devastation would be similar. And depicting dead bodies and making jokes about them is disrespectful so soon after the fact. If you don't think so, then you are the one being stupid.
Wrong choice. Things happen around the world everyday, you can't change your life because a few people in a foreign country died.
"Just because a few people died in a foreign country... * Sarcasm * Well shoot, lets make with some holocaust jokes, because a few million people is only a fraction of the world's population. I hope you die in a gruesome manner so we can make our jokes about it * Sarcasm *.
A few people in a foreign country? Hmm, Family Guy is an American cartoon. Where is Alabama? Europe? And... you can't change your LIFE because of tragedy? I was NOT aware that the postponement of a cartoon was a life-changing event.
Sorry for the loss of life in your country due to the tornados. Somethings like tv seem secondary right now for many I'm sure. Many might still be in shelters the night the tv shows are on.
For those that feel the episode should be shown....for once try and think about somebody else instead of your own gratification.
These are smart, funny shows. They are anti-religion and pro-LGBT. They are very far ahead of their time, especially here in the land of the not-so-free and the home of the not-so-brave. I expect the creators and the producers of these shows to do the right thing. I agree with their decision. They make me proud.
no it was the wrong thing to do ya morons
LOL, you should have auditioned for "Idiocracy"...you've got the part down pat...
It was a bad idea. When people have tragedies, comedy and humor makes them feel better. The self appointed politically correct who makes decisions like that are not the victims of such tragedies. It's a shame how in this country, everyone always speaks for victims but the true victims.
You're right, but it's too soon for humor and comedy. I agree with their decision. It's a sign of respect.
And to others: Pointing out that the show is about hurricanes makes no difference if the devastation depicted looks the same. Changing the channel doesn't work. By the time you see it, it's too late, you're upset that you saw a body that reminded you of your aunt.
And I agree that there are a lot of situations where it's foolish or silly to be offended but I hope that burying loved ones remains sacred and respectful so I'm glad they decided to do this.
I don't see any bad in delaying this episode... why not wait until the suffering has died down a bit to air it? As long as we get to see it eventually...
Its best to hold out and air it next hurricane season.
I don't think hurricane survivors are watching Family Guy right now..
I am not one of those people that believes that you should watch what you say at all times in an attempt to save some ones feelings. However, I do believe that they are right to wait to air the episode(s). I mean yeah it's a cartoon but this is something that is happening now and there are many people trying to find loved ones, and to locate those they care about. I believe Fox is right this time.
You've totally contradicted yourself, genius.
What the balls!
Absolutely amazing comments on this article. Some of you need to grow up. 300+ are dead and some of you think comments like they have no electricity or people are too sensitive are really appropriate?
They made the right decision postponing the episode. Although the episode isn't directly linked to the tragedy, it's still a good move to avoid extreme media backlash.
For three shows that seem to go out of their way to be as offensive to every demographic as humanly possible, it's odd that this is where they draw the line.
Ohhhh stop being a bunch of geeks! Its a TV show for Pete sakes! Ha get it? Pete sakes!!!
only idiots get offended from an animated cartoon....
Matt, if your entire family was wiped out by a storm and a cartoon came on making light of that loss, YOU would not be offended?
Personally, I'd burn the local affiliate to the ground. AND destroy their transmitter, which is offsite from their studio.
But then, I CAN be very vindictive. I'm also very touchy on matters of family, to the point of drawing a weapon on a KKK member who made the mistake of making a threat against myself and my family, whereupon I advised HIM that should anything happen to my pregnant wife, he would be last, but his family would go one by one, including extended.
He and his buddies left us alone after that. Especially when their rally got a heavy dose of military CS...
Wzrd1 – you're a liar. Stop being an internet tough guy and leave the war hero stories for your kids.
@wzrd1 – Wouldn't it be easier just to change the channel? If someone Clockwork Orange'd you with it, I could see going Rambo. But no one was being forced to watch it. Now no one is allowed to watch it. Notice the difference?
Yea i definitely understand why they are doing it but i totally agree with Kj with it being utterly out of character for the show.
The people affected don't even have electricity. Gimme a break.
I suggest you learn a little more about what happened and how many were affected and I would also suggest that you realize that it is not about being offended. It is about showing respect and it is about compassion, and it is about not throwing reminders in peoples faces, especially as humor, of what they ARE STILL GOING THROUGH! And do you really think that those people don't have loved ones and family outside of the immediate area? God fobid you have to wait to watch your little cartoon.
Really, JR? Let's review. Over 300 dead, the number is climbing as we speak and they're far from complete in their search.
Those people do not have families outside of the tornado path? The entire CITY has no power suddenly?
Families can't be out of state even?
Simple respect for the families and friends of the deceased is THAT foreign to you? If so, your parents have failed miserably in teaching you the values of our society and only taught you simple selfishness. And in that case, I pity you.
You've obviously never lost someone close to you or been in a disaster like this. When you survive something like this you are very humbled.
This is.... in surprisingly good taste for Family Guy...
C'mon, if you can't laugh at these terrible things life throws at us then just die already. We are such a bunch of tight wads!
Jman, "if you can't laugh"...
So, could YOU laugh if someone shredded your mother, then a TV network plays slasher movies for a day?
Or, is it to hell with those over 300 people's families, YOU are more important?
We just found my grandfather alive today. My grandmother lost her house. So did my aunt.
I wish things in my life were good enough that I could get worked up over a TV show not being aired. Seriously, people, it's called empathy. Look it up.
Jeff, it's called "sympathy," not "empathy." Most of us have no idea what it's like to lose loved ones or lose anything to a tornado. So, we can sympathize, but not really empathize. Look that up.
@jan...@jeff.....actually, it is empathy. sympathy would be our having first hand understanding. empathy is our being able to put ourselves in their shoes and having some form of feeling.
Since when has Fox or Seth MacFarlane taken other people's feelings into consideration? I mean, this is same cartoon that makes fun of Michael J. Fox's parkisan's condition. I say air the episodes anyways but I understand the reason behind the decision
that was freaking hilarious. im sure that there are lots of people who were offended by that but its not like they were hating on MJF i think that was there way to say whats up.
When someone dies, we often give a moment of silence out of respect. I think it's a kind gesture on fox's behalf to take this week to acknowledge those who have died and lost their homes by delaying this episode. Tasteful move.... such as a moment of silence.
For once, Fox is showing a bit of class. I don't care how much it costs me in such a matter, the respect will more than pay back the initial losses.
But then, *I* have personally witnessed what a tornado can do on more than one occasion.
Just sayin. :P
I disagree with the above statements.
just sayin' you're an idiot
That.... is a good point Eric
Chances are anyone it would offend doesn't have a tv to watch it on.....
Yes because none of the family members of the over 300 dead have TV's.
Not anymore they don't.
exactly.... no one watched family guy there anyhow as their tv's never leave fox news for fair and balanced news
What an insensitive azz. Your mom must be so proud to have raised such a heartless, logical thinker.
But not every year is there the biggest tornado in like half a century. Besides, you can wait a little while just for a new family guy episode right?
Every year there is hurricane weather in the gulf/east coast, and every year there are wildfires in CA, and tornadoes in Kansas. Shows would never be able to show any type of weather as background or as major plot elements if they are always concerned about insulting people. I think it's only insulting if the wrote it to make fun of a specific disaster on purpose.
As long as they treat it right.
I think it's more of a "hits too close to home" thing. May sweeps is about attracting more viewers. Aside from some potential viewers that will be without power (or a home), people who've just lived through something similar, or know someone who died in this tragic weather, aren't going to watch the shows and be reminded of it. I think it's a good idea not to air the episodes right now.
Cuz the episode'll still come out eventually anyways.
I guess that's the right thing to do
@B=Dog .... C'mon! They're still counting the bodies and assessing the damage. There is such a thing as poor timing when dealing with human misery.
@B=dog – It's not about offending someone, it's about sparing them some pain while this is still fresh and they are hurting. It is about showing respect. It is something that is commonly done. I remember when the first shuttle exploded and I was a child. One of my favorite shows of the time was supposed to air an episode that involved the space shuttle that same week. That episode got postponed, and you know what? Even though I was a CHILD and I was hopelessly addicted to my favorite TV shows, I had sense enough to understand why they would postpone it.
You sound offended
How about the idea that laughter is the best medicine?
If your mother died of breast cancer two days ago, would you take solace in the episode of Family Guy where Peter thinks he has breast cancer and it turns out to be a Cheeto? If the answer is yes, then as an emotionally normal person let me tell you that is not what most people would do.
I guess it is the right thing to do. That way people in Tuscaloosa will not miss the new episodes.
What seems to be missing in this thread is that the reality is that one can simply change a channel. So I think Fox could have aired the episodes. However, to avoid to avoid bad pr and maybe the loss of advertising, Fox chose to reschedule. That's fine too. I do think that in the U.S. people get way to offended. I find it interesting though that with how Fox ("news" division) likes to manipulate opinion by stirring up anger through biased, opinionated and often nonfactual "reporting", that their television division takes the opposite approach. Interesting...
B=dog, ever lose someone close to you? Ever have a friend get killed, then hear jokes and rude comments about it?
I have, but then, it wasn't jokes. We spent two hours picking up parts of my buddies in Iraq, just to have Westboro protest at the GRAVESIDE.
I've also read the denigrating comments in these forums about our soldiers, a few times after losing another buddy.
It's called good taste.
But then, YOU would probably advocate Fred Phelps going down there to protest while they're still finding bodies.
you should thing about everyone else that watches these awsome shows.
yeah and lets remove the twin towers from ALL things so we dont ever see them again. ooops someone edit them out of my post before the "CHILDREN" see them
Well, it's not like any of them could watch it anyways, since they don't have any power down there. This reminds me of 9/11 and the movie "Big Trouble" that was slated to open that very week. Since it revolved around a bomb that eventually made it onto an airplane, the movie was pushed back a year or so.
At the end of the day, the question I think we all should be asking is this, "Did Fox NEED to air those episodes right after the disaster?" And I think everybody, even those who are drumming on about how people shouldn't be offended, can agree that Fox and it's viewers don't lose anything by postponing this episode. It's not like they're scrapping the episode all together, you just have to wait for it. Surely I think us Family Guy viewers can make that TINY sacrifice to show a little bit of empathy towards the victims.
They don't have power yet, it is not like they will be able to watch it anyway.
Yes, it IS the right thing to do. For once, fox shmews is actually doing something nice.
Fact of the matter is, stuff like this happens everyday. Of course its going to affect the people it happened to the most. And with all logic, MOST people wont even spare a second glance at a news story about the tornados much less care about it. with those people who lost everything and are suffering out of them how many do u really give a da.. About watching family guy anyway they should be more worried about there familys
What a bunch of pansies.
Really, they're going to postpone a show because someone might get offended, I'm with B Dog here, it's stupid to postpone something because someone might get offended, get over it, we have too many damn prudes in this country. Oh and in case you're going to use the "well if your mom had such and such" with me my mom had breast cancer and heart surgery and any time someone makes a joke about someone with breast cancer or having heart surgery I still laugh, why?! Well because I have a sense of humor, gotta enjoy the little things folks we all die sometime!
Last time I checked..it was Tornado's that swept across the south, not a hurricane. Thank you Bleeding hearts for absolutely ruining this country.
@wren – There are two knobs on the television set.... One of the changes the channel, the other one turns it off. If you are in pain, suffering, ect because of a wind-related disaster, maybe you could watch another program?
@vor3 – Any person who describes himself as "emotionally normal" has to be considered a biased witness. Normal is relative. Every week House MD has a miracle about some rare, obscure medical disaster that someone has experienced. Every week cop shows have a story about a crime that someone has experienced. If you want to limit television's ability to tell fictional stories because of someone's potential emotional reaction, you are going to end up staring at the color blue for a couple of hours every night. Except, what about colorblind people?
@wzrd1 – I haven't read any spoilers, but do you really think the crossover is going to be about the wrath of god striking McFarlane's universe because Stewie is gay? The difference, which I think you only fail to see because of your proximity to the issue, is that Right Said Fred came to where you were and shoved signs filled with hate in your faces. This is a fictional comedic cartoon on one of about 500 available television channels. Much like the comments which upset you, which you actually had to go out of your way to read. Or at the very least, you took no effort to avoid them.
LOL – the right htis to do? Over TV? If it offend you change the fricken channel – the right to do would be sticking to your guns and airing it - nah – the conservatives might think you whipped this idea withiin the last couple of days for ratings - jeesh – it would have been wrong to dedicate a funny show to death and loss ... it's stooped to move stoolbend to months from now just b/c someone might take offense.... Fox - where did you balls go newayz?
I never thought that I would see so many people agreeing with FOX on a cnn site.
I am a huge fan of Family Guy and a resident of Tuscaloosa. For the record, some of us are fortunate enough to still have homes and power. So far in our city of 83,000 residents 40 are dead, over 950 injured, and 450 still missing. The last thing we are concerned with is the story line on Family Guy. With that said, the sentiment from Fox is appreciated. For those of you that are upset by the delay of these new episodes, stop sweating the small stuff. Go hug your children, friends, and family. Look up at the roof over your head and be thankful it is there.
At least their electric will be on by then so they can enjoy the shows.
Agreed. Still to early to joke about. What if you loved one's were missing. your mom, dad, brother or sister. Would you want us to laugh and joke about it? There's plenty of other funny things to make fun of, for example.. Donald Trump!
D-Bag of the Day award to you, Dog.
Its not a matter of offending the victims of the tornadoes, its a matter of RESPECTING of all who suffered great loss
it's just a cartoon,they should air it. I think this was cancelled because of pressure they were getting from the execs
Aren't you glad that we can have this discussion and post these hateful, empathetic, and stagnant thoughts? This whole freedom of speech thing can be very easily taken for granted and/or abused if not thought through. Let's stop and think about what's really going on here; "I think this..." "Well you SHOULD think that..." "What if you..." "You're just being a..." "Maybe you would if..." "You HAVE to agree with me..." REALLY? Why are we so bent on making other people see OUR point of view? There are two perspectives here and there always will be. There NEEDS to be opposing sides here to keep our precarious system of ethics in balance. The only pointless aspect is when both sides are trying to convert their opponent- LOL. If nobody made a big deal then this sort of thing would happen all the time, If everybody made a big deal then it probably wouldn't happen at all.
But the point is that we as a nation will always be able to make two choices, even though it only seems like one matters.
There are clearly two sides to this controversy and if you pick one you are to be judged by all of us, but I ask: Is it more important to share your thoughts and move on than it is to shove your opinion down someone's throat until they see your point of view?
Many of us would pick the latter unknowingly. Share your thoughts and wander on to the next site (not telling you what to do, no need to go off on me). We all know that people are different and will disagree just to upset each other, which is the motive behind a lot of McFarland's humor so personally I could handle it, but then again I'm an ADULT (I've dealt with serious personal loss and been able to find humor in it, though not easy)
Whether or not someone thinks it's appropriate to show empathy by pulling the episodes, they are still there and waiting to be aired so no loss, other than time; which clearly viewers have enough of because of this ridiculous thread going in circles. FOX did what they did and can't undo it and will probably do it again in a similar situation, so let's distract ourselves from what can't be changed until the glorious moment when they are aired and we all (even you haters) laugh till our sides hurt.
For the love of all Comedy, please find a way to make light of this dilemma and quite trying to upset people by thinking you're right, when we both are :)
You have no soul.
We lost more than trailers. With close to 300 confirmed dead and another 447 missing in Tuscaloosa alone, I think sensitivity is respectful. I hope this doesn't ever happen to you. Having said that, it's just a cartoon.
If it were your loved one's corpse you were attempting to locate in the rubble, perhaps you would feel differently. As you mature, you will understand.
This isn't about tornado it's about hurricanes...'
Should kids not go swiming in pools because of the tsunami? Not even the same natural disaster kids.
Well said. It's too bad people take more umbrage in their favourite show getting delayed for a short period of time then in the fact that other people are suffering. America is screwed.
Right. If I ever find my self in a situation like the one in the southern United States you can bet my first priority to be to make sure people on the other side of the country are being respectful of those of us dealing with the disaster.
Please. I wouldn't give a crap as to what people outside the disaster area are watching on TV. I wouldn't give a crap as to what the people in the disaster area are watching on TV. My only focus would be my family. The rest of you could take a flying leap.
Why do those os us not in the diaster area have to stop our lives for some people we do not know and we will never meet ? I think those deal with the disaster have more to worry about than Family Guy.
That said, natural disasters happen everyday. People die every day. Perhaps we should just ban all material that references disasters and death.
People are always suffering. And I don't care about "other people." I am only concerned about my family. And if I was in the disaster area, or had family in the disaster are the last thing I would be worried about is a TV show. Seriously. If people have time to get offended about a TV show and they have been affected by this disaster, they need help.
Frankly I dont care about the people in the disaster area. Yeah it sucks, but hey, Mother Nature is a b-tch. We all have to deal with Mother Nature. We all have our own problems. I'm not going to get worked over someone elses. Or take time to throw them a pity party. It sounds cruel, but the world is cruel. My purpose is to ensure my family survives, not to ensure everyone else survives. Sorry, but you are all on your own.
They are not on their own. They obviously can't count on any support from you, but they are not in this alone. Actually you'll probably be helping them in spite of yourself, and that's a good thing.
You care about a cartoon more than having some respect for everyone affected by these storms? Your life must be terrible.
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