Family Guy to ‘phase out’ jokes about the LGBTQ community

Last night's episode lampooned President Donald Trump

The creators of Family Guy have revealed they are trying to phase out jokes about the LGBTQ community.

Yesterday’s episode of the animated Fox comedy series saw the Griffins join the Trump Administration with Peter Griffin landing a role as the new press secretary.

With the business mogul and former reality TV star turned leader of the free world appearing with exaggerated hair, orange face and tiny hands, one scene sees President Donald Trump asking: “If Peter Griffin gets to be a jerk all the time, then why can’t Donald Trump?” It then descends into a bloody fist-fight between the two.

Peter also reveals to Trump that the series will be “phasing out” inappropriate jokes about LGBTQ people.

Executive producers Alec Sulkin and Rich Appel also appeared to confirm this in an interview with TV Line.

When asked, Sulkin said: “Kind of, yes. If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they’re going to have a few differences. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.”

Appel added: “It’s almost unique to Family Guy, though I can think of one other show that’s been on the air longer. But if a show has literally been on the air for 20 years, the culture changes. And it’s not us reacting and thinking, “They won’t let us [say certain things].”

“No, we’ve changed too. The climate is different, the culture is different and our views are different. They’ve been shaped by the reality around us, so I think the show has to shift and evolve in a lot of different ways.”

It has also been reported that a Family Guy movie is in the works. It was said last year that Disney and Fox are teaming up for “a big-screen adaptation of the animated series Bob’s Burgers, a second Simpsons movie in development and a Family Guy film that would mix animation with live action, said people with knowledge of the projects.”