Hypocrite Seth MacFarlane 'Embarrassed' to Work for Fox
Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy,” “American Dad!” “The Orville” and the “Ted” movies, is a funny, talented guy… an unabashed liberal. Still, his television shows are all produced for Fox, which has the same parent company as, you could probably guess, Fox News Channel.
Last week MacFarlane claimed he was “embarrassed” to work for Fox because of comments made by Fox News host Tucker Carlson. What did Carlson say that was so terrible? He merely advised his viewers not to believe other networks' news coverage. “If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations,” he said. Did Carlson have a legitimate point? Absolutely. That other networks tend to get stories wrong because they rush to attack Donald Trump or the Republican Party is no secret. But MacFarlane was, of course, miffed.
MacFarlane tweeted, “In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News.” I suspect MacFarlane was trying to be funny here because he is the last person who should be griping about Carlson’s comments or pretending to be a critical thinker who believes people should consult various sources and political views. The truth is, MacFarlane has criticized his employer before… for hiring conservatives. Imagine that. When every other network skews left, MacFarlane takes issue with the one network that offers people an alternative perspective. Apparently, he would prefer to work for a politically homogeneous company that doesn’t hire conservatives, because, you know… conservatives are bad.
But, there’s more to MacFarlane’s hypocrisy.
As I wrote in a recent column, I don’t let politics dictate my purchasing habits. I’ll buy Starbucks coffee, use Apple computers, etc. etc. Heck, I even used to watch “Family Guy” despite the political bent of the show. I did, however, stop watching the show after episode three of season seven called “The Road to Germany.” Airing on October 19, 2008, just weeks before the presidential election, that episode featured a scene where the baby, Stewie, and the dog, Brian, travel back in time to Germany in 1939, and steal some Nazi uniforms to blend in:
Isn’t that hilarious? A McCain-Palin button on a Nazi uniform! Get it? John McCain is just like the Hitler! People who voted for McCain over Barack Obama are like the Nazis! How exactly does MacFarlane think he can get away with claiming to support people consulting different points of view to reach their own conclusions when he used his popular show to denigrate people who didn’t support Barack Obama as Nazis?