John McWhorter - not easily offended by racial issues - is offended by Seth MacFarlane's new cartoon spinoff:
The question is: would the Family Guy people create a show where a white supporting character say, paraplegic Joe voiced superbly by Patrick Warburton -- moves to another town and settles in with retreads of the Family Guy characters? No it’d be seen as folly to let that get beyond a conversation over beers. The reason it felt right to pull this with The Cleveland Show is because of a sense that blackness is so much a “thing,” so diverting in itself, that painting the Family Guy people brown makes artistic and commercial sense. And there was a time when it did but it was a time we’re all happy to be past.
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