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The purpose of this paper will be to discuss the way that this episode of Family Guy, “Believe it or not Joe’s walking on air”, contributes to the domestic violence problem by normalizing violence and slander against women and men alike. I will look at scenes from the show and try to look beyond the obvious playful banter and somewhat extreme jokes that Family Guy is known for, and deconstruct the meaning of it’s slander minimizing women to nothing more then the brunt of a joke time and time again.
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The Griffin family is a cartoon family who’s life is comically portrayed in the show, Family Guy. The show itself is a somewhat controversial show because of its manner in which they make fun of things in a very non-politically correct way. One of these topics that is a recurring theme is violence and degradation against women. Peter the main character, has a wife Lois and a daughter Meg, who is constantly the brunt of many forms of jokes and puns. In this particular episode, about two minutes and six seconds in, the wives of peters friends come into their local bar that the guys like to frequent, and make a remark that they really like it and may make it their own little place for the girls. Upon hearing this, Peter pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head splattering blood and brain on the wall and table saying that this is the only place they have to get away from the women. Why did Peter have to go to such great lengths to make is point known, that’s the shows style of over doing things. I think that by behaving in this way, it’s saying that the women were not good enough to come into “their” hangout and that Peter would rather kill himself then have to put up with Lois any more then he has too. This is a common thing for husbands to want a place that they can get away from their wives and hang out with the guys, but Peter blowing his brains out really sends a strong misleading message to the viewers that such an intense feelings of hate...