As more accusers come forward alleging sexual misconduct by powerful Hollywood figures, Family Guy fans have noticed a pattern: Seth MacFarlane has used the show and his platform to warn of these people several times, and he’s been doing it for many years.
1) Kevin Spacey in 2005
“Help, I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement! Help me!” yells Stewie Griffin as he runs through a crowded mall wearing only a diaper.
Following the floodgate of accusations against Spacey, MacFarlane has yet to release a statement addressing the scene.
2) Brett Ratner in 2012
In a 2012 episode of Family Guy titled, “Leggo My Meg-O,” there is a scene that jokes about Brett Ratner, an American film producer best known for directing the Rush Hour film series, bidding on a sex slave. The auctioneer begins by announcing the bids, saying: “I have $75,000. Thank you, Brett Ratner.”
Five years later, the scene sounds less like a joke and more like MacFarlane trying to sound the alarm. Ratner has now been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting at least six women.
3) Harvey Weinstein in 2013
After introducing the nominees for the best-supporting-actress award as host of the 2013 Oscars, Seth MacFarlane said: “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” The joke drew laughter from the audience.
Four years later, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment. When the Weinstein scandal first began to dominate the news cycle last month, MacFarlane took to Twitter to confirm that his joke “came from a place of loathing and anger” over an assault on his friend, Jessica Barth.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) October 11, 2017
It almost seems as though the moment a Hollywood figure is accused of sexual misconduct, someone on the internet discovers a Seth MacFarlane reference from the past.
Perhaps a special prosecutor should be assigned to watch all of the old Family Guy episodes.
H/t reader squodgy:
“I’ve always felt he was trying to get a message out through subtlety.”
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