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You knew a show like Family Guy—which is run by noted Harvey Weinstein antagonizer Seth McFarlane—was going to hit the Kevin Spacey situation head on. And hit it Family Guy did.
On Sunday's episode, "Crimes and Meg's Demeanor" (Season 16, Episode 8), Peter, Lois and Meg catch the end of The Usual Suspects on TV. Anyone who's seen the 1995 mystery knows the big twist: Kevin Spacey’s character was lying this whole time. But instead of reacting to that, Peter says, "Wait, he was gay the whole time?”
The line was a reference to Spacey's ill-timed coming out. Last month, Anthony Rapp alleged that the House of Cards actor made a sexual advance on him when he was 14 years old and Spacey was 26. Hours after Rapp's accusations were published by BuzzFeed, Spacey released a statement saying he would now "live as a gay man," the first time he ever addressed his sexuality publicly after years of speculation.
The Family Guy jab at Spacey is certainly topical, but McFarlane might not have been so surprised by the predatory sexual misconduct allegations.
Hours after Rapp's accusation against Spacey was made public, someone on the internet dug up a 12-year-old Family Guy clip. In the 2005 epidsode, Stewie—the youngest character on the show—runs naked and screaming, "Help! I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement!"
In the wake of the near-daily sexual misconduct allegations against some of Hollywood's biggest names, MacFarlane has gained a reputation for not only being in-the-know about these scandals but dropping hints about them in his comedy.
As the 2013 Oscars host, for example, he famously joked the actresses in the Supporting Actress category "no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”
And a 2012 Family Guy episode featured accused sexual assaulter Brett Ratner bidding on Stewie at a sex ring auction.
Fans have noticed—and they have been quick to turn to the men singled out by Family Guy that haven't yet met their Weinstein or Spacey-esque downfall, like X-Men director Bryan Singer, who has also been accused of predatory sexual behavior.
McFarlane isn't alone in taking shots at the timing of Spacey's coming out. Activists and celebrities including Zachary Quinto, Wanda Sykes and Billy Eichner have criticized the move, accusing Spacey of using his sexuality in an attempt to shift the narrative away from his allegations.
It seems safe to say the narrative failed to shift, however. After more accusations of harassment came from the House of Cards set, Netflix later severed all ties with its former star. He was also removed from Ridley Scott's new film, All the Money in Tthe World, after the director recast Christopher Plummer in Spacey's role and reshot all of Spacey's scenes—only weeks before the film was set to premiere....Read more