Satire In Family Guy

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What is a stereotype? The Free Dictionary defines a stereotype as “a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group” (Stereotype). Although many people may not realize it, stereotypes influence how they interact with others each day. People judge others because of their race, ethnicity, religion, and heritage before they even know the person. These judgements come from stereotypes they encounter in their lives. There are plenty of news stories, movies, and television shows that portray these stereotypes. However, Seth McFarland’s television show “Family Guy” uses satire to highlight stereotypes in today’s society. The show’s use of ethnic humor includes a lot of…show more content…
Because there are a lot of jokes and news stories that target Muslims like this, many Muslim and Arabic people are subjected to this treatment. If there were none of these jokes on the air or if news anchors told more positive stories about Muslims and Arabs, this cultural group would have an easier time in society (TEDxYouth). Overall, “Family Guy” and other media outlets portray Muslims and Arabs as terrorists, and it makes people afraid of them because of the stereotype. In addition, another stereotype “Family Guy” likes to make fun of is people of Asian heritage. Seth McFarland has written a lot of episodes in which he uses many Asian stereotypes. For instance, in one episode, he has Peter take an Asian student to the SAT to use as his calculator on the test, as he tells the student to “do math” (Family Guy Season 5 Episode 3). Although this might seem like a positive stereotype for Asians, this can also negatively impact them. There has been studies that have shown that Asian people feel offended by this stereotype. Dr. Art Markman did a study in which he had an Asian and a white participant in a room. It is important to note that in the study, the white person “was actually one of the experimenters posing as a participant” (Markman). In the study, each participant was asked to fill out one of two packets. Each packet had different problems in it, where “One packet had math problems in it, while the
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