Tonight as I was flipping channels I noticed that Family Guy was playing on Fox and decided to watch for a bit. I have the DVDs but what else is on? I noticed that they bleeped the word ‘crap’, which must have kept them busy since Peter said it a lot throughout the series but the part that bothered me (but did not surprise me unfortunately) was in episode ‘Brian Wallows and Peter Swallows’ first aired on Fox 01/17/02. As Brian is singing to Pearl, a shut in ex-jingle singer from the early days of television, he sings “…noone really knows my dear lady friend, just quite how it all will end…” while flipping over cards dressed as a fortune teller. The first card he flipped was a mushroom cloud, then a tidal wave, then a volcano, and finally Jerry springer?!? Wait a minute!
Now I am kind of a dork when it comes to animation and if I remember anything well it is the totally inconsequential storylines of my favorite bits, so to prove that my mind is not failing I put the DVD with the episode in question into my DVD player and found the bit in the scenes section. Sure enough the words were all the same but instead of Jerry Springer at the end of the sequence it was a grinning G. W. Bush holding a beer bong. An image that spent a fraction of a second on the screen – even when it was ORIGINALLY aired on FOX less than three years ago – after September 11th ‘changed everything.’ I guess it is their right since they own the rights to it but what a humorless bunch of partisan clods. I had some hope when I heard the rumor that Family Guy might be coming back to TV but if they are going to sanitize it by sending it through their political officer first then why bother?
Anyhow, just a pointless rant, now back to Invader Zim and maybe a few more chapters of reading before bed.