'Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' Crossover Episode Criticized for Rape Joke
This is hardly the first time that a Seth MacFarlane-created show has generated controversy
As the much anticipated crossover featuring The Simpsons and Family Guy characters is set to air Sunday, one scene is already causing a furor.
The scene, released in advance of the episode, involves Bart Simpson showing Family Guy's Stewie and Brian how to make one of his signature prank calls to Moe's Tavern.
Bart's call is mischievous but tame — causing Moe embarrassment related to his backside — but Stewie's effort involves a rape joke.
"Hello, Moe — your sister's being raped," Stewie tells Moe.
Parents Television Council president Tim Winter found the joke troubling and contacted Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Family Guy honcho Seth MacFarlane, requesting that the remove the joke, according to CBS News. He did not receive any repsonse.
This is hardly the first time that Family Guy has received flak for its boundary-pushing comedy. Sarah Palin lambasted a joke about Down syndrome from a 2010 episode, while the show sent out a controversial Emmy mailer in 2012 that referred to Emmy voters as "Brentwood Jews."
The Family Guy episode featuring The Simpsons characters airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on Fox.