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Seth MacFarlane Says Fox News Makes Him ‘Embarrassed to Work For This Company’
In 1998, Fox Broadcasting Company bought a new animated series from a largely unproven cartoonist and writer named Seth MacFarlane. That show was Family Guy, which despite a cult following was canceled a few seasons later, then brought back in 2004 by Fox thanks to stunning DVD sales. Since then, the success of Family Guy has opened up MacFarlane’s career to multiple other TV shows and movies.
Despite owing his entire livelihood to working with Fox, MacFarlane lashed out against the company on Twitter this weekend.
On Thursday night, Tucker Carlson told his audience, “If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations.”
It’s an absurd notion that avid conspiracy theorist Tucker Carlson is the arbiter of truth. For as narcissistic and insane as Carlson’s statement is, it’s likely that many Fox News viewers agree with him.
In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News. This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company. https://t.co/kC7MPYxdgZ
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 16, 2018
In response to Carlson, MacFarlane tweeted, “In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News. This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company.”
This is a strong statement to make against the company that pays his bills. But words aren’t as strong as actions, and MacFarlane’s comments don’t change a career spent making millions for Fox. Maybe instead of publicly criticizing Fox, MacFarlane could actually do something about it.
Certainly, he’s in a comfortable position to take his talents elsewhere…