Just how far can an animated cartoon go with its political humor? Apparently, Family Guy
is finding out for itself. The series caused quite a stir in the government circuit once again, when several characters mentioned the words “Laura Bush killed a guy!” several times.
On a recent episode, the opening scene featured Quagmire dressed as Napoleon Dynamite, Peter in a Laura Bush costume and Lois as a bleeding man with tire tracks on her chest. She later reveals that she's portraying the guy allegedly killed by the current First Lady of the United States. Viewers raised eyebrows at what happened, wondering which incident the scene was referring to.
Below, you can find a clip of Family Guy
, showing how Peter and Lois repeat the controversial phrase to themselves.
Public police records reveal that the show is rather accurate in its sources. The scene is actually based on an actual event that happened years ago. In 1963, First Lady Laura Bush, who was then known as Laura Welch, had gotten herself involved in a fatal car crash during her teen years. The report goes on to say that Laura Welch ran past a stop sign, striking a sedan driven by a friend of hers, 17-year old Michael Douglas.
It remains a hushed-up occurrence, since Laura Bush is still uncomfortable talking about it. “It was a very tragic accident that deeply affected the families and was very painful for all involved, including the community at large,” said Andrew Malcolm, Mrs. Bush's spokesman. He told this to The Associated Press
in 2000, back when President George W. Bush was having his first run for the candidacy.
Well, Seth McFarlane probably isn't worried. With Family Guy
targeting almost every other prominent figure, people get used to it. Just recently, the series linked Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin to Nazis. This just goes to show that the program can mock whatever issue it wants, and won't be stopping anytime soon. It's only a matter of time before they set their sights on President-elect Barack Obama. Surely, Family Guy
fans are waiting for that.
-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Post Chronicle
, New York Daily News
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