Heading into its 16th season, Family Guy remains the most outrageous program on television. And while the rest of society has caught up with the program over the years, Family Guy still manages to provoke and offend its viewers with its relentless adherence to politically incorrect humor. The FOX Network that airs the animated series continues to bill the show as an “equal opportunity offender,” and creator Seth MacFarlane continues to find ways to push the envelope of what is considered off-limits and insulting. And no person or group in society escapes the program’s raunchy humour. Everyone who watches the show, at some point, has been offended by something they see on the show. Seth MacFarlane and his team of writers continue to claim that they use jokes to critique modern society. And so, as Family Guy heads into a new season this fall, we look at the six most politically incorrect moments in the show to date.
WARNING: If you are the kind of person to be offended by the humour of Family Guy, don’t bother reading any further.
6. No Legs, No Service
When Peter Griffin opens a restaurant, it becomes a hangout for his crippled neighbor Joe and his handicapped pals. Deciding that handicapped people are bad for business, Peter bans Joe and all other handicapped or wheelchair-bound people from the restaurant. With the motto “No legs, no service,” Peter refuses to serve anyone with a disability. The jokes get pretty offensive right up until Joe and his wheelchair friends band together and form a “Cripple-tron” to fight back against Peter and his intolerance. This episode is politically incorrect right across the board. At one point, Peter says that Joe being crippled is “amoral” and a “lifestyle choice you’re forcing on America.” Peter also accuses handicapped people of “drinking and gambling on their reservations… which we gave you!” Peter even goes so far as to push Joe out of his wheelchair. Ouch.