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Rights, Responsibilities, and Horse Ejaculation on American Dad

January 8, 2010
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Of course I get the American Family Association’s Action Alert emails.  I don’t read them all, but it’s good to have at least an idea of what’s crawled up their ass on any given day.  I gleefully report that their current bête noire has no shortage of bête.  This morning’s AFA action alert read:

Fox network inserts bestiality into family programming.

Zing!  That was an exciting enough headline to put off delay my need for coffee.  It turns out that the AFA’s saddle is in a bunch over a scene from Fox’s animated sitcom American Dad.  The email claims that “this program’s popularity ranges primarily from children 2-11 years old.” 

Fox Broadcasting Company claims that the program airs at 9:30 on Sunday nights:  not being a father myself, I have to guess that letting 2-9 year olds watch a warning-riddled cartoon at 9:30 in the evening is a terrible idea.  Common sense also says caveat emptor.  If you’re bringing this product into your home, it’s your own fault if you don’t like it.

As to rights and responsibilities – anyone has the right to complain publicly about anything.  One must feel a sense of responsibility to act on that right.  So the American Family Association feels that it is incumbent upon them to discuss horse ejaculation on cartoons.  Glad their purview is so lofty.

The following link brings you to the AFA Action Alert itself.  There you will find a clip of the entire objectionable scene of “bestiality”.  Funny that the people who object to it being shown at 9:30 on a Sunday night leave it online all day every day for anyone to see. 

On question: can bestiality exist in a cartoon?  I’m not sure it can, as I am not convinced that two-dimensional caricatures count as human.  Either way, it’s safe to say that horse semen left a bad taste in the AFA’s mouth.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan permalink
    January 8, 2010 11:57 am

    more actions>mute

  2. BaldApe permalink
    January 8, 2010 2:37 pm

    Or if somebody screws around on the holodeck, have they really been unfaithful?

  3. Jonathan permalink
    January 8, 2010 2:51 pm

    This reminds me last week I was reading in the New York Times about all these liberals who are mad about Sigourney Weaver smoking in Avatar. They have had, like, three articles and an editorial about it. Sheesh. Sigourney Weaver smokes in real life. Avatar is only a movie!!!

    Anyway, my point is that both sides are pretty retarded when it comes to popular entertainment.

    • Barry permalink*
      January 8, 2010 3:00 pm

      If I seen or read those editorials, I would have thrown my laptop off the balcony or burned the paper. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. I hope never to encounter them!

      Your greater point – that liberal outrage can be as odious as conservative outrage – is well taken. That said, horse semen is a fuck of a lot funnier than tobacco.

      • JoJo permalink
        January 8, 2010 3:35 pm

        regardless of whether so called liberals should complain about smoking in movies, doing so is simply not analogous to the right wingnuts complaining about pornography.

        smoking has demonstrably adverse effects- it is a carcinogen, of course- and unequivocally does physical harm. by contrast, the nonphysical “moral harm” caused by “indecency” is entirely equivocal, vague, silly, and most likely nonexistent.

        one way to show this: if you do not have the moral belief that pornography is wrong, then you won’t be harmed by wacthing pornography; the cure for the disease of indecency is to change your standard of indeceny. (to something more reasonable, i might add.) cancer can get you, however, regardless of your beliefs, and the cure for cancer is not to change your standard of what counts as cancer, regardless of whether you know it when you see it.

  4. David permalink
    January 8, 2010 3:28 pm

    Barry, obviously you haven’t spent too much time as a ranch hand. Let me be the first to tell you there is absolutely nothing funny about horse semen. I’ve had too many close calls to recount.

  5. Jonathan permalink
    January 8, 2010 4:49 pm

    JoJo- Sigourney Weaver is a sixty year old lifelong smoker, and since she looks about forty, I don’t think cigarettes have done her any harm.

    Anyway, only a lunatic would think you can be contaminated by second hand smoke from a movie, no matter how good the 3-D is.

  6. David permalink
    January 8, 2010 4:59 pm

    Dayum! She’s 60? Ms. Weaver keep it tight.

  7. January 11, 2010 4:26 am

    The transcript on the alert just makes it that much more fun knowing that these people are actually reading about a cartoon horse getting jacked off. Do they laugh first and then feign outrage and indignation? Now they do have a point about the corruptive power of cartoons – remember that Sponge Bob and the purple Teletubby were gay characters trying to snatch children over to the dark side.

    • Barry permalink*
      January 11, 2010 8:39 am

      I wonder if the consider all work on animals’ reproductive systems to be bestial.

  8. January 22, 2010 7:47 am

    Hum weird

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