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This Family Guy Episode About Donald Trump Sexually Assaulting Meg Sounds Like an Absolute Nightmare
Family Guy isn’t known for nuanced political commentary. In fact, it’s not known for subtlety of any kind. Rather, it’s better known for racism, homophobia, and rape and fart jokes.
It is absolutely not a show equipped to address the complex conversations surrounding sexual assault, the #MeToo movement, and our predator of a president.
That’s exactly what makes the plot to this Sunday’s season premiere sound so terrifying. Entertainment Weekly reports that in the upcoming episode, Peter Griffin becomes an influential news anchor disseminating fake news. He eventually becomes Donald Trump’s press secretary, and when the Griffins move to Washington, President Trump sexually assaults Meg.
“We’re just playing to what Trump has already confessed to, say, on a bus,” Executive producer Alec Sulkin tells EW. “And he has an encounter like that with Meg.”
As EW writes:
When Peter discovers that Trump has crossed the line with his daughter—er, Peter’s, to be clear—the Griffin patriarch springs into angry action. “In the history of the show, Peter hasn’t been that paternal with Meg, but he certainly likes Meg than he likes Donald Trump, and that’s saying something,” says fellow executive producer Rich Appel, noting that Peter and POTUS engage in “an epic, many-minute-long fight.” (Think Peter vs. Ernie.) At one point, when the battle spills over into the National Mall fountain, Trump weaponizes his wet hair, giving him an advantage. “When that hair is actually wet, it can be a cat o’nine tails,” says Appel. “And it’s used quite effectively against Peter.”
Good christ. This “epic fight” sounds like something that will inevitably aid the MAGA Bro’s macho Trump delusion. One thing this country doesn’t need right now is this exact episode of Family Guy, especially given the delicate conversation this country is having right now with the Brett Kavanaugh scandal. Even at its most mature, there’s not a chance Family Guy’s hour-long season premiere will help anything.