Judaism and Family Guy: Should Jews be offended?


Our friend Erica wrote a great piece about Family Guy, which describes some of the episodes and how Judaism and Jewish stereotypes are portrayed and asks readers some good questions at the end. Here's some excerpts:

Cartoons for kids have been around forever, but now cartoons are not just geared towards them. The Simpsons started the trend in 1989, but in recent years with shows like South Park and Family Guy, animation has proven that it can take on adult subject matter. One common subject of these adult cartoons is religion. Family Guy is not the first of these adult cartoons to take on religious themes, nor has it been the most controversial. But two episodes that make jokes about Jews, one which was originally scrapped from air (but later made its way onto Cartoon Network as a rerun and later Fox) and one that aired for the first time a few weeks ago, have left people uneasy instead of laughing. So what’s the difference between a joke and an insult- where is that thin vague line drawn?

....Has Seth MacFarlane gone too far? Should people be offended by what’s meant to be a joke? Should Christians be afraid and not Jews, or vice versa? At the end of the day, I think there’s a reason why Family Guy is a cartoon- it’s all meant in good fun and not to target Jews. But I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether it’s offensive or funny.
Having not really watched the Family Guy episodes in question, or the show itself in general, I cannot fairly answer the questions.  Read the whole piece and decide for yourself, here.



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