I got into an interesting conversation over at Backpacking Dad’s blog and it involved the TV show Family Guy of all things.
Basically he was saying that he used to like the show, but not anymore. He said he’s changed as he’s gotten older, matured a lot after having kids and no longer finds it funny. He was especially turned off when they joked about the death of a fictional shaken baby on Sunday’s episode. And to his credit, he did not want to call for a boycott of the show or go on an anti-Family Guy crusade. He was merely trying to point out that his tastes have changed and he is no longer in the Family Guy demographic.
And that’s fine. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. But I commented on his blog because it seemed like he was insinuating that he used to be immature and at that point he loved the show. Now he’s mature with kids and he no longer finds it funny.
I just don’t understand.
Yes, having a baby has changed a lot in my life. My priorities have changed, the number of hours of sleep I get has changed and I have changed more diapers than I can count. I don’t go out as much. I don’t have time for everything that used to be in my pre-parent life. But you know what hasn’t, and probably never will, change? My sense of humor!
Shows like Family Guy, South Park and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are crude, offensive and they push the limits of good taste. Basically, they all crack me up! They cracked me up before Will was born, and they still make me laugh today.
If you’re not familiar with these shows, they make fun of everything. Nothing is sacred. Blacks, Indians, Latinos, gays, women, rednecks, midgets, abortion, rape, incest…you name it, one or all of these shows has made light of it somehow. Some of BackPacking Dad’s commenters said they liked Family Guy, but as soon as they saw or heard about the Shaken Baby joke, they recoiled in horror and pledged their eternal avoidance of Family Guy.
Because apparently it’s ok to make fun of blacks, indians, latinos, gays, women, rednecks, midgets, abortion, rape and incest but they all draw the line at shaken babies. Because THAT would be going too far right?
Give me a break. I truly believe with shows like these, it’s either all or nothing. Everything has to be fair game, or the show shouldn’t even exist. People get offended at different things, it all depends on their background and personal beliefs. If you back down from one, then you might as well cave to them all.
And I really don’t like the insinuation that if you become a parent and you still watch Family Guy or South Park, then you’re immature. Screw that. Why should our sense of humors change just because we had children? So there’s a dead baby joke. As long as it’s funny and well written, I’m fine with it. It’s not encouraging people to kill their babies. I don’t feel that my son is threatened by the dead baby joke. If it’s funny, I’ll laugh. Because if I ever turn into an uppity prude whose sphincter is puckered up tighter than Joan Rivers’ face, just take me out to the pasture and shoot me.
I love my son, offensive TV shows or no offensive TV shows. If you don’t like these shows, that’s cool. There’s no need to watch something you don’t like. But when maturity is listed as one of the reasons you don’t like it anymore, it implies the rest of who do still get a kick of it are immature adolescents, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
So how about Internet? Do you watch these shows? Are you offended? Did you used to watch them but not anymore because you’re a parent? Whether you agree or disagree, I’d like to hear different opinions. In the meantime, I leave you in the capable hands of Mr. Peter Griffin.