Right, because there is any context in which those excerpts are not racist.
As I’ve said, to my shame I have in fact watched whole Family Guy episodes. I will admit they are often funny. To be frank, your comment doesn’t make that much sense in relationship to Family Guy. A lot of Family Guy jokes riff off of almost nothing change context to give us a 30 second joke that has almost nothing to do with the original storyline and then shift back.
Look at that Asian Woman Driver clip for example. It’s from an episode about sex education. I’m not going to watch the whole episode because right now I’m thinking fuck Family Guy and fuck those who defend its racists jokes. But certainly the start of the clip suggests that the Asian women driver joke has absolutely nothing to do with what came before it, and I’d lay better than even odds, that what comes after it has nothing to do with it either. It’s just a 15-second break from the main story to lay into Asian women and repeat a stereotype about them for no particular reason.
Peter is talking about being abstinent and that somehow has something to do with Asian women drivers? I’m somehow supposed to believe that because Peter is abstinent that in that context making broad comments about how people of a particular gender and ethnicity drives is now okay. You are so right @Guap. Now that I see that Peter’s being abstinent in this episode I understand why it’s okay for Seth MacFarlane to make fun of Asian women.
That’s BS. There is no context for the joke provided by the episode it’s just Seth and company deciding it would be fun to make fun of asian women and then trying to see if he can come up with an excuse to add some funny racist bullshit into his show.
Or is your argument that it’s not about the context. It’s about the fact that I need to see the entire body of work of Family Guy to realize every single episode does not include racism against Blacks, Latinos, Asians, or Indians. Gee, only some of Family Guy is racist. I must apologize. I was only complaining because I thought it was all racist. If I had realized Seth MacFarlane was only sometimes racist, I wouldn’t have said anything. My apologies.
With South Park you can at least make the defense that South Park really does seem to attack everyone and that its jokes are tied to and often in support of making broader comments on society. Family Guy racist jokes are usually like this Asian women driver example. There’s no context, they are not contributing to the story, they are not making some wider comment on society, they are just Seth and company making a joke at some other race or gender’s expense.
I love it when people who aren’t impacted by racism think that it’s all just humor. That’s the way Seth MacFarlane strikes me. Not that he’s KKK evil, instead he’s the insidious person that just happily repeats racist stuff because it’s funny, and thus perpetuates it. What does he care, he’s a white guy, he’s not being affected by this.
The problem in this case is it’s not Seth just repeating jokes to his bros. He’s broadcasting it across America where kids drawn to the admittedly funny jokes often in Family Guy also pick up these stereotypes, and minority kids also pick up that this is how society views them. This is exacltly how stereotypes are passed on and reinforced.