I think I might have broken my finger reblogging this.
EVERYONE TAKE A MINUTE TO JUST APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT DONALD GLOVER EXISTS AND KNOWS WHAT THE FUCK IS UP
He’s done and said some fucked up shit but this joke was on point.
Last year, 22-time Emmy award-winning reporter John Stofflet posted this news video he created for KING-TV in 2004, featuring Paul Smith and his artistic talents.
This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy.
I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.
Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.
One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.
There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.
I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.
There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.
And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.
It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.
Poster fails to understand that early Family Guy didn’t shit on Meg
Poster fails to realize that Family Guy’s intent over the last few seasons is to destruct their characters enough where they become played up versions of the most unlikeable aspects of morality.
Poster fails to realize that early Family Guy had Peter actually trying hard to provide for his family and loves them, but has now since devolved into a medium for surrealist humor.
Poster fails to realize that Meg’s character is 4th wall breaking ironic. Mila Kunis is a beautiful woman in control of her life and has enough confidence for Tumblr to go all out in fits of “SIGNAL BOOST!!!” When seeing her on Jimmy Kimmel, and Meg is a normal girl who has no power.
Take that entire picture of Family Guy into consideration. It was once ON PAR with Simpsons, because it came out at a time where Simpsons was going through an Identity crisis. The first few seasons where more geared with Bart, because at the time, the accidental audience was kids due to it being a cartoon. As they grew up, it focused more on adult characters and meanings, loosing it’s kid audience because they had not experienced the subjects of their jokes. Family Guy had both. But now, Family Guy has went they opposite way, a more adult show turned kiddish and immature because kids starting watching it… While Simpsons finally gained back at their adult audience.