spittingoutthatbroccoli said: Serious question: How is Family Guy's episode "Quagmire's Dad" transphobic?
i’m not person who gets easily offended but transsexuality (and sometimes homosexuality) exists in comedy sitcoms only as a poor joke. a stereotypical “man in dress” aka “tr*nny” appears on stage and it’s the whole joke, people laugh before character even says “hello”. it is always used to dehumanize and humiliate us, to make us look like sick perverts, monsters, most disgusting people ever born. then they make everything about THE SURGERY because the most important thing is what trans person has between legs and it’s also so funny that someone “cut off” their penis. excellent joke. they trigger transphobia, they trigger hate, disgust, all the negative feelings against trans people, and they basically say it’s ok to treat us like garbage, to disrespect us, to assault us verbally and sexually.
"It starts off with the father coming to town and Quagmire’s friends commenting on how “gay” the father seemed, because he exhibited gay stereotypes (including an effeminate voice, desire to entertain, drinks Cosmo’s, etc). When Quagmire confronts his dad he admits he is not gay but really a woman trapped inside a man’s body.
Quagmire asks for support from the Griffin’s, the wife Lois offers that her husband Peter will go to the hospital for the sex change operation. Lois and Peter remark that the whole thing seems “pretty gay” but that it is “obviously weird” and Lois finishes off by telling the two men that they should “enjoy the circus” referring to the hospital visitation.
In the waiting room there is the talk of “he/she” and the “penis being chopped off” an obvious disregard of using correct pronouns and propagation of the myth that transwomen remove their penis.
When Quagmire’s father transitions she takes on the name Ida and is invited over to the Griffin’s for dinner. She brings a pie but Lois immediately tells her daughter to throw it away. This plays on the irrational fears of interacting with trans people. Over dinner Peter asks the inappropriate question “do you miss your penis?” and asks about the legitimacy of her “knockers”.
When Ida meets the Griffin’s dog, they develop a relationship. The dog (Brian) is thrilled at meeting a new and wonderful woman but gets disgusted [and traumatized] and vomits [for 30 seconds] when he finds out she is transgender.”
Yea, why did they make this ep anyway? What’s worse is that i remember when my brother made fun of me with insults used on this ep. Yes, he’s a jackass. He dosen’t like to be reminded, though. *eyeroll.@2 days ago with 66 notes