Seth MacFarlane isn't anti-Semitic. He's an anti-Semitic schmuck.


Seth MacFarlane isn't anti-Semitic. He's an anti-Semitic schmuck.

Hey I'm just kidding. See, I'm being satirical. I'm paying the part of The Offended Guy of Jewish Origin.* I know Seth MacFarlane is laughing, too. Otherwise, he'd be taking offense and therefore, acting like everything he purports to hate.

See, a couple days ago, MacFarlane took to his Twitter to post this ad, with the line "Here it is-- the Emmy Ad The trades refused to run." Maybe they did refuse it, or maybe they never presented it and it was a story the PR peeps cooked up just to get everyone's panties in a wad.

So far it's worked. Most of the Jewish blogs and Perez Hilton took the bait of course and howled "bigot," "hater," etc.

MacFarlane's race-baiting humor is nothing new. Hell, we've seen it for almost a decade now. We're used to it. And we have a half century of history from comedians like Lenny Bruce and Don Rickles and Red Foxx and Richard Pryor and Archie Bunker and Andrew Dice Clay.

Oh and we also have seen it a few times in advertising.

What's more interesting to me--beyond how bitter MacFarlane seems to be that he hasn't won an Emmy-- is how uninspired the joke is. Really? "Jews Control The Media?" That joke is low hanging fruit; it ranks up there with 'ever notice how bad the airplane food is these days." It's kind of sad.

So okay, he managed to get some publicity out of it. None of it good. And anyone who defends it risks being labeled a bigot. Will this up his chances of winning an Emmy?
I'm going to say "no."

So Seth, listen. Keep trying, baby. If you come up with a fresh idea next year, maybe we'll upgrade you from schmuck to putz.

* Kidsleepy is in fact a half breed.


That schmuck probably thinks such a schlimazel.

(Also points for getting "penis" in a headline here. That's a first.)

Oh, I'll work the english version in headline too at some point.

That ad is brilliant. All you uber-sensitive Jews need to stop being so defensive for no reason and go change your diapers.

I like Family Guy as much as the next guy, I'm all for freedom of expression, free speech and all that. I think he's just killing that joke though, one that is of bad taste and was never funny in the first place. I thought his anti-semitic jokes were there for a purpose, like to open peoples' eyes to some of the bigotry that exists in society today. The more I watch the show, the more I feel he is just flogging a dead horse. Those jokes are very unitelligent, and it kind of ruins a perfectly funny show for me. When did it become ok for people to mock people based on race, I thought that was a thing of the past that we got past. I thought we had moved on from that, society had progressed, no? By the way I am not Jewish, i just believe in decency and respect.

While you're busy being needlessly offensive, can you please tell us what makes this ad brilliant? Seeing as how it's an ad blog and all?

I do, too. I know offensiveness is a certain brand of humor, i.e. Sarah Silverman, and MacFarlane. I get it. But this wasn't in the context of a show-- this was an ad that was supposed to run in the trades that got rejected--or so it was reported. It may very well have been a cheap ploy to get an ad out there without having to buy the media, too. Either way, it's not attacking a specific group to show how dumb the attacker is, like Archie Bunker from the 70's. This ad comes across from the voice of a guy who has a really top rated show, makes a lot of money, but is still teed off he hasn't won an award for it.
could there be a bigger first world problem then that?

I'm no prude. I like to laugh. I do think that in general Americans tend to have thin skin when it comes to their own causes. That said, I don't think there is anything humorous or original about invoking stereotypes for the purposes of making money.

I can't speak to all the voices mentioned in the article, but at least Archie Bunker and Richard Pryor were attempting to make a point. What's MacFarlane's point? That he can make a lot of money without actually being creative?

I've always thought there was some irony in how easily MacFarlane throws around the word whore. MacFarlane is a whore.

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