Equal opportunity offender
No one ever accused "Family Guy" of pulling any punches -- or punch lines. A best-of -- or wost-of -- list of the show's offenses.A list -- as chosen by the "Family Guy" writer-producers -- of the 10 most offensive moments in the show's history on the eve of its 100th episode this coming Sunday (in chronological order by airdate):
1. The JFK Pez dispenser (from "A Hero Sits Next Door," original airdate 5-2-99): A SWAT team has surrounded a store. We see a kid emerging with a JFK Pez dispenser. A shot rings out and shatters the dispenser. The kid is moved to say, "Good thing I still have my Bobby Kennedy Pez dispenser."
Executive producer/writer Chris Sheridan: "Yes, it was offensive. But you can make jokes about Lincoln and that's OK. The only ones who find this horribly offensive are rich white people."
2. Death having sex with a dead girl (from "Death is a Bitch," original airdate 3-21-00): The character of Death has sex with a girl post-mortem.
Sheridan: "Necrophilia is simply funny."
3. The introduction of Herbert, primetime's first loveable pedophile (during Season 3 in 2001): Herbert is an old man with a walker who makes lecherous comments that suggest he's a pedophile -- but a sweet and endearing one.
Executive producer/writer David Goodman: "We've always insisted that his bark is worse than his bite. He's old and has a walker, so it's unlikely he could ever carry anything out. It's all just implied."
4. Peter turns himself into a tampon (from "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High," original airdate 5-8-05): Peter imagines himself as a member of the Wonder Twins from the show "Super Friends" and activates himself into the form of Jayna's tampon. He hops into her purse and says, "Now we play the waiting game."
Sheridan: "I have to say, this one is the most offensive thing we ever did. The idea of Peter being turned into a tampon in order to be shoved into a bloody vagina...it's just disgusting. It still bothers me."
5. Meg loses her virginity to Jimmy Fallon (from "Don't Make Me Over," original airdate 6-5-05): Only to learn it was being televised as the opening of "Saturday Night Live."
Goodman: "We never heard a peep from 'Saturday Night Live.' Maybe that means we didn't go far enough."
6. The "You Have AIDS" song (from "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire," original airdate 6-12-05): Because of Peter's self-proclaimed gift for breaking bad news to people, we see a flashback where Peter is shown as part of a barbershop quartet singing and dancing around the hospital bed of a gaunt man being told (in song) that he has "not HIV, but full-blown AIDS." It's arguably the show's most offensive moment ever.
Executive producer/writer Danny Sheridan: "I personally know people who have died of AIDS. There's nothing funny about that. But a lot of what comedy is about is making fun of what we're afraid of."
7. Stewie, Brian and Chris vomiting all over each other (from "8 Simple Rules For Buying My Teenage Daughter," original airdate 7-10-05): The group ingested ipecac in a contest where the last to vomit gets the last piece of pie.
Goodman: "I never let my 11-year-old watch the show, and this is one reason why. It was pretty disgusting. But really funny."
8. The "Prom Night Dumpster Baby" tune (from "Airport '07," original airdate 3-4-07): A baby girl left for dead in a dumpster by a teenage mother on prom night crawls out and begins singing a mournful tune about being her while swinging his umbilical chord as if it were a cane, Broadway style.
Sheridan: "It's just so ridiculous and over the top that it's impossible to take seriously."
9. The racist sunflower that grew in Peter's yard and yelled racial slurs at Cleveland (from "Bill and Peter's Bogus Journey," original airdate 3-11-07).
Goodman: "This is just a cutaway gag where Cleveland tells this racist sunflower how ignorant he is. If we weren't a cartoon, we would have gotten all sorts of hell for this, I'm sure."
10. Meg works at a phone sex line and winds up unknowingly having very bad phone sex with her father Peter (from "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)," original airdate 9-30-07): Meg is forced to take a job with a phone sex line and doesn't recognize the voice of her father when he calls. Meg: "What am I wearing? Um, a hat and glasses. What kind of underwear? Um, I don't know, big underwear I guess."
Goodman: "I think it would have been a lot more offensive if they'd both gotten into it, but Peter ends the call with 'I'm totally flaccid' before hanging up."