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Why can Animated TV Comedy get away with more controversial

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Why can Animated TV Comedy get away with Controversial topics?
Family Guy and Disability
Little side comments: Cerebral Palsy - And I'm Joyce Kinney(January 2011)
'Special Olympics' - Ready, Willing and Disabled
(December 2001)
Extra Large Medium (February 2010) - seen by 6.42 million
Extra Large Medium
Synopsis
Chris goes on a Date with Ellen
Relationship Breaks
Not Stereotypical
Why was there Controversy?
Mother being 'Former Governor of Alaska'
Son Trig
Introduction
During our research we have found that far more controversial topics are addressed within animated comedy and more than often are made fun of. This is not the same in other forms of media, and therefore we questioned why it is more acceptable for this to be the case, in particular reference to shows such as Family Guy and South Park.
Sarah Palin's Reaction


'Some things aren't funny'
'Cruel, cold - hearted people'
Bristol Palin - 'Those in Special needs are some of the most loving'
Gail Williamson - Down Syndrome Association of LA
Helped cast the character of Ellen - Seth 'It has to be someone with Down Syndrome for it to work'
'If we are asking for full inclusion in the world... we should appreciate full inclusion with other genres even if these genres are not what we appreciate'
Andrea Fay Friedman
'I guess former Governer Palin does not have a sense of humor'

'My Mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of bread'

'Making fun of Sarah Palin not her son'
Seth MacFarlane - (Program Creator)
Proud of what he did

Secondary element was essentially the point

'phony pity'

Nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics - July 2010
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http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/04/12/disability-glee-poor-choice/17703/
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1320517/South-Park-Jersey-Shore--explosive-results.html

http://www.springfieldreport.com/archives/19447


South Park and Family Guy - Terrorism
South Park
Family Guy
Four Lions (2010)
200 (April 2010)
It's a Jersey Thing (October 2010)
Turban Cowboy(March 2013)
Boston Marathon (April 2013)
South Park Reception
Family Guy Reception
Four Lions - Reception
Tried to air the film on 11th September

Film4 - Removed film from schedule

Actors interviewed - Breakfast TV Show


Family Guy - Domestic Violence
Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q - (October 2011)

Synopsis
Watched by 5.97million
(Nielson Ratings)
Victim vs Perpetrator
Too close to real life?
Reception of Episode
Parent Television Council - Not 'Worst TV Show of the Week'

Needed more comedy

"Depressing half hour of Television"

Episode should be banned
Beyonce - Drunk in Love
'Eat the Cake Anna Mae'
What's Love got to do with it - (1993)
Reception of Song
Oscar - Nominated Tina Turner Biopic - 'What's Love Got to Do With It'

British radio - Radio edition - Cut line

The Guardian - 'Disturbing' & 'Distasteful'
Conclusion
Why do they get away with more controversial topics?
Not Real People
Type of Comedy
Society surronding


Brian? - 130,000
Not knowing about the context, does this make it more controversial?
Glee - Shooting Stars - April 2013
Synopsis:

School Shooting

Becky brought in gun

Negative Responses of The Episode
“Acting like every other teenager in doing things like sports and going to college ... “Taking a gun to school is something very serious and would likely come with a mental health condition. That’s not appropriate for someone with Down syndrome and not a stigma they need.” - Julie Cevallos, vice president of marketing .
“Thank you Glee for setting Down Syndrome awareness and acceptance back light years. Some people now see our kids in an even worse light,” - T21ASDMommy on Twitter.
Positive Response to The Episode
“Whether she has Down syndrome or not, it doesn’t matter … Why wouldn’t it be somebody with Down syndrome because she’s a kid. She’s a teenager. She makes stupid decisions just like other teenagers do.” - Robin Sinkhorn

“most powerful emotional Glee ever.” Ryan Murphy Tweet
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