Read Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane's One and Only Gay Interview (From 2008)
BY Brandon Voss
January 25 2008 1:00 AM ET UPDATED: February 22 2013 9:19 PM ET
Do you have gays on staff with whom to consult on gay content?
One of our broadcast standards people â€” the censors â€” is gay, and Iâ€™ve had many, many conversations with him about a lot of these issues, making sure that weâ€™re handling it in the right way. We have a few artists who are gay, and actually two of our executive producers are gay â€” I wonder if Iâ€™m allowed to say that in the press. [Laughs] For the first three seasons of Family Guy we had a gay writer who was really instrumental in building the relationship between Brian and Stewie that we kind of take for granted now. Thatâ€™s something I didnâ€™t really think of when I created the show, but it emerged in the writersâ€™ room, particularly out of the pen of this one writer who really had a knack for those characters and opened the door for us to explore that facet of Stewieâ€™s personality.
In American Dadâ€™s season 2 Log Cabin Republicans episode â€śLincoln Lover,â€ť Stan makes a statement that â€śGays are the new blacks.â€ť Do you think thatâ€™s true?
Thatâ€™s a joke line, but in some ways, yes â€” to a less intense extent. Youâ€™re not dealing with things like segregated drinking fountains, but the fundamental civil rights issues are the same. I get particularly angry when I hear a black pundit speaking out against the gays. My thought is, Well, wait a minute, you fucker. You got yours and youâ€™re denying them theirs? You of all people should understand what theyâ€™re going through. It just burns my blood.
Did your recent donation to Barack Obamaâ€™s campaign have anything to do with his stance on gay issues?
Itâ€™s funny, but lately Iâ€™m leaning more toward [John] Edwards.
What? Arenâ€™t you concerned about pissing off Oprah?
I think I can handle that. Hey, a man can change his mind. Itâ€™s interesting that flip-flopping is considered a negative thing in politics. Iâ€™ve never understood that. I take the Bill Maher point of view: Give me the guy who can change his mind when presented with new information.
In the gay world, flip-flopping is considered a positive.
[Laughs] Well, there ya go.
How do you feel about the young straight communityâ€™s cavalier use of the word â€śgayâ€ť to describe stupidity or weakness?
Iâ€™ve used that term, but itâ€™s like a homonym â€” no pun intended. Like the word â€śfagâ€ť is a derogatory term but also a British cigarette. Thereâ€™s that whole George Carlin routine where he talks about the word â€śnigger.â€ť He says that thereâ€™s nothing fundamentally wrong with that word â€” itâ€™s the racist asshole using it that you gotta be worried about. Unless theyâ€™re hiding it well, thereâ€™s nobody on our staff whoâ€™s bigoted or homophobic. Weâ€™re all very progressive, and as a result we feel comfortable making jokes. We know what our own beliefs are, so no matter what we do it canâ€™t possibly come from a negative place.
Youâ€™ve called Foxâ€™s decision to air unfinished Family Guy episodes without your final approval during the writersâ€™ strike â€śa colossal dick move.â€ť How will you heal from that?
Ultimately there will have to be some sort of reconciliation. When the strike is over we have to dry the tears pretty quickly and get back to work. Itâ€™s not like Iâ€™m going to be turning my nose in the air when I pass one of the bigwigs in the hall. Nothingâ€™s to be gained from that. But the longer it goes on the more I perceive it as a handful of very rich well-dressed white men not wanting to give up a few hours on their private jets. The people at the top of the financial food chain have to give up a little bit â€” and by a little bit I mean a little bit.
What can we expect from the as yet unscheduled episode titled â€śFamily Gayâ€ť?
That has to do with Peter being injected with the gay gene as part of a scientific experiment to determine whether or not itâ€™s a learned trait or something that youâ€™re born with. The good news is that at the end of the episode we establish that itâ€™s the latter. Basically, Peterâ€™s in a gay relationship for an episode and winds up in one of those straight camps.
If you inexplicably woke up gay tomorrow, what would be your first order of business?
I would seek out Justin Timberlake and get him to admit it.
If a house party full of Americaâ€™s gay celebrities literally burst into flames, which one would you run in to save first?
John Travolta. But if heâ€™s not there for some reason, how about David Hyde Pierce? Iâ€™m acquainted with him and heâ€™s a good man. And if we ever did a Family Guy Broadway musical, we would need him to play Stewie.
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