He made his comments during a speech at the RightOnline Conference in Orlando this past weekend. Were not sure why he singled out Family Guy, which a lot of critics feel is a knock-off of the successful Simpsons show. We suppose it could have something to do with one episode of the show that upset Tea Party darling Sarah Palin. That episode seemed to mock Palin’s son Trig, who has Down’s Syndrome.
“Any audience of people that grew up with classical Superman automatically love this country because Superman is about the best America we can be, and when Superman was all over the pop culture we were a nation that loved this country,” said Whittle. “Now, 20 years after the peak of Superman‘s popularity along comes Gilligan’s Island. That’s pretty neutral in terms of politics. Really about the only message you can get from Gilligan’s Island is if you want to get off the island all you have to do is kill Gilligan.”
“But if you’re a young person out there today and you can finish the theme song from Family Guy, then all the anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-Christian, anti-morality messages of Family Guy are in your head as completely and thoroughly as that theme song is.”
“You’re programmed by the pop culture. You’re programmed by story,” Whittle continued. “It’s all about stories, and if we’re the villain in all of the stories that are told we’re never going to win another election again.”
We would argue that Fox News has played a much greater role as far as dictating political narratives than Family Guy has. But of course Conservatives will argue that pretty much every single show and news network other than Fox News has a liberal slant to them.
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