“Family Guy” and its creator, Seth MacFarlane, have made no effort to hide that they aren’t fans of the political right. But in last week’s episode, MacFarlane and the “Family Guy” writers took a break from suggesting Republicans are Nazis to pick on a new target: outraged internet leftists.
And they did it — in the words of radio host Steven Crowder — brilliantly.
The episode begins with the show’s resident human-slash-dog, Brian, making a joke about Kevin Hart on Twitter that, inadvertently, sets off a firestorm across the social media platform, with outraged leftists calling for Brian’s head over what they believe is his abject racism.
“About to see the new Kevin Hart movie. Just kidding. I’m white and went to college. #BaywatchMovie”
Soon, an angry crowd shows up at the family’s door demanding that Brian’s life be destroyed for what he thought was merely an off-color joke. He tries to call them off by claiming he’s a bona fide progressive (“I’m so far left, I’m spinning in circles!”) but the crowd refuses to believe him — that is, when he can get the words out. He has to try several times before he manages to find an opening for his statement that fails to earn him more scorn from feminists, transgender individuals and “human basketballs.”
Not content with lambasting progressives once, “Family Guy” even took a second shot at the outraged mob (content warning for this one).
Eventually the whole family finds themselves taking on the internet and winning.
If “Family Guy” is now making fun of progressives, then it may, in fact, mean that politically correct, perpetual outrage culture has finally outlived its usefulness.