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Seth McFarlane talks about South Park

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 20th 2006 2:01PM

seth mcfarlaneAt a recent speech given to students at Stanford University, Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane alluded to the "Cartoon Wars" two-part episode of South Park which ruthlessly took aim at Family Guy for using easy humor and being written by manatees. Anyone who has read interviews with McFarlane has probably guessed that he didn't really have a problem with the episode, stating, "they sh*t on everybody like we do." Spoken like a true satirist, says I. Besides, I'm looking forward to a Family Guy where they take a few shots at South Park. I'm not here to root for one team, I just like watching the battle.

In the same speech, McFarlane also spoke about censorship, and that the interference of family advocacy groups would only get worse. Despite their different approaches, this seems like one thing both South Park and Family Guy have in common.

[via South Park Studios

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Comparing their political philosophies,, the South Park guys are libertarian, while McFarlane is a Democrat whose pet issues seem to be gay rights and marijuana decriminalization. The two shows certainly have a lot in common. Hypocrisy provides endless material for comedy.

November 15 2011 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ok, lets start off. South Park has no right to show Jesus Christ "crapping" on people. but they wont even show MUHAMMAD??? i have nothing agaisnt other religions such as Islam, but how dare they take aim at Christianty. pfft. im all for Family Guy. Yes, sometimes the show is going agaisnt Christianty, but, they have better morel values. and they are a heck of a lot funnier.=]

July 17 2006 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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What an ignorant comment! South Park has showed Muhammed! And they tried to show him on multiple occasions afterwards as well. It was Comedy Central that wouldn't let them show him after the Danish cartoon controversy. Better moral values? You obviously haven't watched the show. South Park provides some of the most heartfelt and engaging moral viewpoints ever seen on television. Family Guy is just endless gag jokes with ridiculous partisan politics. If you like Family Guy then fine. The difference, though, is that South Park is the work of artists and Family Guy is cheap and silly entertainment. You may like Family Guy better, but at least understand the distinction.

May 16 2012 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

South Park is ten times better than Family Guy. Family Guy is overrated. South Park always makes me laugh. South Park kicks ass! Family Guy Sucks!

May 13 2006 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

and one more thing... it's peanut-butter-jelly time! peanut-butter-jelly time!

May 03 2006 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've seen more episodes of South Park, and only a couple of Family Guy. It's clear to me that Family Guy is a lot better quality animation and better and funnier material. Whoever said here they have a problem with Cool Aid man breaking through a wall for the fifth time, must have stopped counting when they killed Kenny for the millionth time. Other than that, South Park takes cheap easy shots at the most contraversial issues in order to maximize attention and ratings. Family Guy kills Kenny and rest of the crew.

May 03 2006 at 9:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
j quality

i'm just all for not censoring anything.

April 20 2006 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am confused. All I am saying is it isn't a one-sided issue. One side wants to buckle down and appease Islamo-facists, and the other side wants to stop filth.

Comedy Central is for showing Jesus Christ shitting on people, but is against showing Mohammed giving a guy a helmet. This example shows which of the two sides are more out of touch. Both are a bit out of touch, but the elitist liberal (the types that run the press and networks like Comedy central) executives are way more.

April 20 2006 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was my understanding that this thread wouldn't require flowcharting skills.

April 20 2006 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
j quality

Think of Cartoon Network(C) as the middle man between the conservative family organization(A) and South Park(B). South Park(B) says, "We to want to push the envelope" and conservative family organizations(A) say, "No more envelope pushing". For A to effect B, they use FCC to effect C, and C wants to keep both sides happy, but they can't do anything about A, so C effects B, therefore A effects B. Or something along those lines.

April 20 2006 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is interesting that he blames conservative family organizations for causing increasing censorship. It was liberal executives at Comedy Central that censored the South Park "Cartoon Wars" episode.

April 20 2006 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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