Family Guy Hacks A Cat To Death: Humor Or Repugnance?
That's it. I'm not going to sit here any longer and do nothing but jaw with supporters of Family Guy on my Hub
... since it's "such a funny cartoon show."
Last night's episode left me queasy and nauseous to the point where I couldn't watch any longer.
I've just sent this letter to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) through media channels and intend to follow up to ensure that action is taken.
As a leading blogger on the number one internet publishing platform HubPages, I have railed against Seth MacFarlane and Fox Network's Family Guy for unethical and repugnant subject matter which has no right to be shown on the public airwaves of the nation:
In "Barely Legal" a woman has sex with a dog taped to a chair.
In "Family Gay", a ten person orgy is clearly shown.
In "McStroke", pedophilia is clearly shown.
In "Stewie Loves Lois", a child prepares to murder his mother.
However, in the episode of Family Guy aired last night, April 19, 2009, this following scene completely left me disgusted, nauseated and revolted:
A group of characters including Peter enter the home of a friend to kill their cat. Peter exclaims: "Yeah! Shaving time, ok, hand me the razor." Peter grabs the household pet cat, holds him down and slices. Blood splatters all over him while the cat screams. "Will you guys relax he's got eight more lives (slices again) Ok, seven more lives, (slices again) six, (slices again) five, (slices again) four, (slices again) three..."
As a lifelong animal lover I cannot possibly imagine the effect that this scene can have on children, showing one of their cartoon heroes savagely killing and desecrating the corpse of a household pet.
I find no redeeming social value to a young impressionable child channel surfing and watching what to all outward appearances is a fun kiddie cartoon and ending up viewing a man mutilating a household pet or a half naked woman trying to have sex with a tied-up dog, whether the dog is anthropomorphosized or not.
I see no reason why the public airwaves must feature content which not only promotes felonies, pornography, bestiality, animal mutilation, and other forms of horrific violent nihilism, but wraps them in a cartoon format to specifically appeal to young people.
I have been advocating that Fox remove Family Guy from the broadcast airwaves, and either put it on an XXX rated satellite channel which is for adults only, or package it in a DVD format and sell it in adult stores. If Family Guy is on the public airwaves which are administered by the FCC on behalf of the people of the United States, then it needs to be removed immediately as pornography.
PETA has a long history of activism against television broadcasters who promote animal cruelty. From Reuters on August 15, 2007 with regards to a Gaza TV station airing footage of a cat being swung by his tail:
"It's shocking and sickening," said Martin Mersereau, manager of the domestic animal abuse division of U.S.-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Speaking to Reuters by telephone, he said PETA was drafting a letter of protest to the Gaza-based al-Aqsa television station, which aired the show -- aimed at teaching children not to abuse animals -- last week.
"Any lessons meant to be contained in this segment are almost certainly lost on most children, who are more likely to imitate people they see treating animals cruelly rather than understand this behavior is wrong," Mersereau said.
If PETA took this level of action with a single television station in a very small market and audience, I hereby formally request that your agency act immediately and forcefully against a television program promoting the massacre of a household pet viewed last night by millions of Americans.
I'm not rolling over on this one. I'm going to do everything I can to ensure that PETA acts on this perverted, violent, and inexcusable scene.