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Is 'Family Guy' Anti-Semitic?

By Mark I. Pinsky

Sunday night’s episode of “Family Guy,” the long-running animated comedy, included a 25-second segment that illustrated once again creator Seth MacFarlane’s unapologetic anti-Semitism.

In the episode, main character Peter Griffin and his friends are off on a typically absurdist search to find God and to get Him to stop thwarting their favorite football team, the New England Patriots. In a Jerusalem square they spot Mort Goldman, the obviously Jewish pharmacist from their hometown of Quahog, Rhode Island.

Actually, they spot a “flock” of bobbing Morts, whom they attract by tossing pennies, as you might use popcorn to draw pigeons. The message being, Jews love money. MacFarlane used similar imagery in a much earlier episode, in which Peter’s anti-Semitic father-in-law tries to use a dollar bill tied to a string to distract his wife, who has just told Peter’s wife Lois that she was raised Jewish.

Anti-Semitism is a serious charge, made too quickly and too often. But as someone who has followed MacFarlane’s career, I think it is well past time to call him out. His star is clearly on the rise in Hollywood — he has hosted a major awards show, been writing and directing movies and, most recently, produced the Fox series “Cosmos.” And thus far he has been unimpeded by his consistent record of anti-Semitism.

At the 2013 Oscars, MacFarlane drew criticism for a bit in which Ted, the stuffed bear namesake of his hit movie, tells the movie’s co-star Mark Wahlberg that if he “wants to work in Hollywood” he has to be Jewish. In an infamous 2012 tweet to Emmy voters, MacFarlane posted a copy of a “For Your Consideration” he claimed the Hollywood trade press had rejected. It pictured Peter Griffin, whose “Family Guy” was in danger of being shut out of awards nomination, with the caption: “Come on you bloated, over privileged Brentwood Jews. Let us into your little club.” Typically, the words and the voice are MacFarlane’s, but they are spoken by his creations, which enables him to escape responsibility.

It is in MacFarlane’s cartoon series that anti-Semitism is most consistent and pronounced.

Although Mort and his family are regular characters, Peter claims never to have met a Jew, much less found one to be his accountant, in the 2002 episode “When You Wish Upon a Weinstein.” In the episode, Peter sings “When You Wish Upon a Jew,” crooning that he needs a Jew “to teach me how to whine and do my taxes.” His prayer is answered when chance brings him together with the amiable Max Weinstein, who helps Peter with his finances and even helps his equally doltish son Chris with his homework. This good deed prompts Peter to exclaim: “My God! Is there anything you people can’t do? I mean, other than manual labor?”

Fox executives blocked the episode from first-run broadcast, although it later appeared in syndication and on a DVD compilation. In the DVD commentary, Fox’s decision still rankled MacFarlane, who said the episode was based on his personal experience as a gentile in Hollywood. “This thing made me so angry. It was disgusting.”

In a 2009 episode, “Family Goy,” Peter dresses up as a Hasidic Jew and, standing outside of a synagogue, tells worshippers that he “went shopping and they wanted $800 for a TV, but I us’d them down to $500,” prompting a beating.

True, other faiths take their knocks in “Family Guy,” and some of the representations of Jews and Judaism in the series are favorable. Other animated comedies poke fun at Jewish foibles, as well. The Simpsons’ Krusty the Clown is a lapsed Jew and a committed reprobate. South Park’s Kyle Broflovski is a conflicted Jewish kid with a yente mother and a lawyer father who wears a kipa. Another character in “South Park,” whose co-creator Matt Stone is a secular Jew, is a despised anti-Semite and occasional neo-Nazi. But the satire in these shows, often written by Jews, is knowing and good natured.

In “Family Guy,” in contrast, there is consistent meanness that reinforces classic, anti-Semitic stereotypes: greedy, cheap, cowardly, whiny, averse to physical labor, and in control of Hollywood.

Seth MacFarlane, it seems, is simply a wittier version of Mel Gibson.

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Family Guy is a less intelligent version of South Park, people who are looking for the cheap laugh and probably don't get alot of South Park are probably the biggest fans of Family Guy

I do at times get offended by Family Guy, which is just barnyard humor. McFarland gives voice to all our inner bigotry. However, I am equally offended by all the stereotypes portrayed by this show but maybe wince more at the Jewish ones (it's my ox he's goring). Yet I still do watch it from time to time and laugh. What frightens me is the overuse of calling people anti-Semitic.

Satire.

It's not McFarland's fault that his humor will be lost on plenty of Jews and anti-Semites alike.

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Yes, it can. And those stereotypes are not taken seriously by the vast majority of people. His comedy is not any different from Don Rickles's - do you think he's a racist?
well said. This is the difference between Rickles, or Archie Bunker, and FG. Rickles always made it clear that his behaviour was outrageous and inappropriate and incompatible with decency. Archie was always shown to be in the wrong, the negative consequences of his behaviour were made clear. In FG, this context is lacking. It may be satirical, but it's clumsy and false.

It's possible that FG coarsens its viewers by taking this position (or by not taking the contrary position), in a way that the other examples could not.

My son and I watched the 'wish upon a Jew' episode together when it first aired and we almost died laughing. It never occurred to either of us that it was anti-semitic.
In fact just the other day I was talking to someone about how great Seth MacFarlane is and some of the great Jewish stuff he has done.
Whatever happened to our Jewish sense of humour? Out the window when it applies to us?

McFarlane makes fun of everyone and everything. He has used absurd stereotypes of Jews, Catholics, Protestants (at least White Anglo-Saxon ones), Muslims, Hindus and I'm sure others. He has done the same with American Blacks, East Asians, South Asians, Africans and Latinos. Poles, Italians and especially the Irish are favorite targets. Get a clue.

What a stupid article by Mark Pinsky. Seth MacFarlane is the greatest comedic genius of the past 15 years and he is certainly not anti semitic.
I am Jewish and I am not the least bit offended by any of these jokes as I know they are coming from humor not hate.
In fact, Mark Pinsky is the one who should be called out for being an over sensitive Jew with no sense of humor trying to ruin the great comedy for the rest of us Jews (and non Jews as well). if you don't like it don't watch it and stop trying to pressure the artist to change his incredibly brilliant show with your ridiculous antisemitism charges.
With these ridiculous charges Mark shows that he doesn't understand Family Guy humor at all.
Mark Pinsky's idiotic claims makes Jews look worse than any Family Guy episode ever did.

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"Seth MacFarlane is the greatest comedic genius of the past 15 years"

Sacha Baron Cohen. Seth doesn't hold a candle.

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JamesWatley 54p · 1 day ago

Did you know that 59 percent of the directors, writ­ers, and producers of the 50 top-grossing motion pictures from 1965 to 1982, and 58 percent of directors, writers, and producers in two or more primetime television series were Jewish?

Source: Jewish Power, J.J. Goldberg

It really comes down to McFarlane not being Jewish. If he were Jewish, you would treat him in the same way that you treat Stone, whose show has featured a great deal of antisemitic humor. Anti-gentile prejudice is what it is.

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let's see if I understand this syllogism

1) Seth uses racist material
2) 59% of directors etc are Jewish

therefore

3) Seth's material isn't racist?

That doesn't follow, does it?

I do not subscribe to the notion that making ethnic stereotype jokes are "RAAACCISST" as if that were a bad thing. And besides, the jokes are often accurate to a point.

No one seems to care about making fun of the Irish, or the Italians. Yet making fun of Jews is "racist"(what does "race" even have to do with it), but only when the people doing it are not Jewish.

from the website of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, under the heading "Call to Action"

Because of our size, the AOH has a powerful lobby and its used to defend Irish causes. We believe in a United Ireland and will condemn any defamation of the Irish People.

1 March 2014: "Press Release From the Anti-Defamation Chair Concerning the Sale by Walmart of Defaming Merchandise Targeting Irish Americans"

24 January 2014: "Anti-Def: Bed Bath and Beyond (a win in defense of our heritage!)"

3 June 2013: "A Letter from the Anti-Defamation Chair regarding comments made by Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee"

10 March 2013: "AOH Protests Spencer’s"

and so on, and so on.

Or, from the website of the National Italian American Council, under "Media Representation"

This section describes how unfairly Italian Americans are treated in the mass media expecially the hollywood media, and the negative effect it has had upon our culture.

and so on, and so on, and so on.

It seems to be not the case that "No one seems to care about making fun of the Irish, or the Italians" - only that you don't care, because hey, it's good clean fun to reduce humans to stereotypes, to negate their worth, to deny them the simple dignity of existence. Makes you feel better about yourself, perhaps.

The NIAC has a statement worth considering: "We Honor the Deserving, we attempt to Educate the others, we Shun those who will not understand."

All right, let me revise my comment:

No one whose opinions matter seems to care about making fun of the Irish, or the Italians.

it's good clean fun to reduce humans to stereotypes, to negate their worth, to deny them the simple dignity of existence.

Wow, you must be loads of fun at parties. I'd think that most people don't subscribe to the notions that national stereotypes are SOOOO HORRIBLEEE. Most people have a sense of humor, and a lot of humor involves degrading people or groups. And I doubt you apply this logic consistently. Are you super-angry at Sacha Baron Cohen for stereotyping the Kazakhs? And so, I present a joke degrading everyone's favorite ethnic group, the Poles:

Two Pollocks were working for the city public works department. One would dig a hole and the other would follow behind him and fill the hole in. They worked up one side of the street, then down the other, then moved on to the next street, working furiously all day without rest, one man digging a hole, the other filling it in again.

An onlooker was amazed at their hard work, but couldn't understand what they were doing. So he asked the hole digger, "I'm impressed by the effort you two are putting in to your work, but I don't get it - why do you dig a hole, only to have your partner follow behind and fill it up again?"

The hole digger wiped his brow and sighed, "Well, I suppose it probably looks odd because we're normally a three-person team. But today the guy who plants the trees called in sick.'"

"No one seems to care about making fun of the Irish, or the Italians." Or Poles. But then again, genuine hatred against any of these groups is completely gone.

No one's going to have a conniption fit if nice little Susie ends up marrying an Irish boy or an Italian. But if she marries a Yid? All hell would break loose.

You mean, like nice little Chelsea Clinton? The indifferent silence was deafening. Jewish paranoia, dude.
In educated circles, it's more than acceptable.

Among other segments of society that would not take issue with Italians, Irish or Polish - I'm thinking of rednecks and the more prudish Episcopalians - they might get upset with their children marrying "Jesus killers" and raising children to be part of the "synagogue of Satan."

That is true, but many Jews also oppose intermarriage.
Not if little Susie converts.
To oaklandj:

I don't know what world you live in, but it's nothing like what I know. From everything I've seen, Jewish men are regarded as very desirable by non-Jewish women. Jewish men are considered to be good providers and not prone to alcoholism. Their non-Jewish in-laws welcome them.

While the desirability of Jewish men is good in that it indicates a lessening of anti-Semitism, it also has a negative side. Because so many non-Jewish women pursue them, Jewish men are marrying out in droves. (They used to be drawn to blond Nordic-type women, but the latest fad is East Asian women.) With so many Jewish men marrying out, Jewish continuity is at risk.

(In answer to the point made by some that Jewish women marry out also: The ratio of Jewish men who marry out is much greater than the number of Jewish women who marry out. Many Jewish women who intermarry do so because they can't find a Jewish husband.)

You've got more than a handful of stereotypes in your answer, too, Shira.

You probably live in a world where Jews aren't demonized. I do, too. But I'm aware that there are large swathes of this country that don't look kindly at Jews. Or do you think those hate-crime statistics are just fabricated by the FBI?

No one's going to have a conniption fit if nice little Susie ends up marrying an Irish boy or an Italian. But if she marries a Yid? All hell would break loose.

Is this "not a stereotype?"

Of course it is. One that happens to still hold (partially) true.
While it is true as oak says that many gentiles wouldn't want their children marrying Jews, this is mainly among disempowered classes(the rednecks and actual practicing Christians). If you look at most of the Stuff White People Like you will see a desire to marry Jews.

I don't think it's because Jews are "good providers and not prone to alcoholism." You know who else you can say that about? Asian men. I think Jewish men simply have more typically "alpha male" characteristics. Also I doubt that, if given the choice of the statistically average Jewess, Shiksa, or Asian woman, the typical Jew would pick the Asian.

Who are these ethnic groups that are prone to alcoholism?
Irish, Slavs, and American Indians. NW Europeans generally are more prone to it than Jews.

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