In a Details Magazine‘s piece — entitled Seth MacFarlane Sounds Off — Seth MacFarlane makes a great statement about Prop 8:
Details: Family Guy tackled gay marriage in its fourth season-two years before Prop 8.
Seth MacFarlane: The ridiculous thing about something like Prop 8 is that it will be overturned. They put something like $40 million into that campaign, and they might as well have just bet all that money on the Red Sox. It’s wasted money because that civil-rights battle will be won eventually. They’ll just have to sulk in a corner and accept the fact that gays will be able to marry each other. Every civil-rights conflict-black people, women-comes to an end in the right way.
Then Seth MacFarlane follows that up with what I consider an asinine couple of comments on the Family Guy and The Cleveland Show episodes with transgender/transsexual characters (italic emphasis added):
Details: You predicted that another episode — about a transgendered character — would make the LGBT community happy. It didn’t.
Seth MacFarlane: That surprised me. I don’t meet a lot of stupid homosexuals. They seem to be a pretty smart bunch. But it seemed that they were not picking up on the fact that it was a very sympathetic portrayal of a transsexual character.
Details: Maybe the fact that Brian barfs his guts out when he realizes he’s had sex with a transsexual threw them off.
Seth MacFarlane: Hey, we’re still Family Guy. We’re not suddenly going to become 7th Heaven. Actually, I guess on 7th Heaven they would probably burn the transsexual at the stake. Let me think of another example. We’re not Mr. Belvedere. Look, Brian happens to be a heterosexual character, as I am. If I found out that I had slept with a transsexual, I might throw up in the same way that a gay guy looks at a vagina and goes, “Oh, my God, that’s disgusting.” It’s just the way we’re biologically wired. They should give that another look.
I’m not a “homosexual.” I’m a transsexual who sociopolitically identifies as transgender, and you can classify my sexuality as functionally asexual. I personally found the extended barfing by characters in both the Family Guy and The Cleveland Show to be disrespectful, insulting, and absolutely abhorrent; I didn’t find the portrayal of the two trans characters to be a sympathetic portrayals of folk in the trans subcommunity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
But hey, don’t mind my opinion — Apparently, Seth MacFarlane considers me to be just one of the “stupid homosexuals.”
* Re-Airing Of Problematic Antitrans Family Guy Episode