Family Guy is moving with the times to “phase out” gay jokes.
During its 17-season run, Family Guy has often targeted Stewie, the baby in the Griffin family, with gay jokes as part of a regular gag.
Co-executive producers Alec Sulkin & Rich Appel were asked by TV Line about the shift in an episode where Peter Griffin met with Donald Trump.
TV Line: Peter also told Trump that Family Guy has been “trying to phase out” gay jokes. Are you really?
Sulkin: Kind of, yes. If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they’re going to have a few differences. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.
Appel: It’s almost unique to Family Guy, though I can think of one other show that’s been on the air longer. But if a show has literally been on the air for 20 years, the culture changes. And it’s not us reacting and thinking, “They won’t let us [say certain things].” No, we’ve changed too. The climate is different, the culture is different and our views are different. They’ve been shaped by the reality around us, so I think the show has to shift and evolve in a lot of different ways.