Rush Limbaugh is due to appear on “Family Guy” as himself on Sunday, October 3rd. Considering the reputation that Seth MacFarlane’s show has for childish, gross out, far left humor, Rush’s fans are asking why.
One explanation might be the same reason Jesus associated with the Pharisees and other people of bad repute; that the audience of “Family Guy” is very much in need of Rush’s wisdom.
Consider that the typical “Family Guy” viewer is a young, twenty something stoner/slacker who probably voted for Barack Obama and is now complaining that he or she can’t find a job. The typical “Family Guy” viewer gets his or her news from John Stewart and Stephen Colbert, has a sense of entitlement that would shame an 18th Century Duke, and whose life is one series of semi-anonymous hookups and beer orgies.
Who, therefore, is more in need of Rush Limbaugh
Besides, according to the Radio Equalizer, Rush found the experience an artistic challenge on many levels.
“Besides, it was a new career challenge, a new experience. It was a LOT of work. I sing, and I’m deaf! Getting the melody down was next to impossible. It was challenging on many levels. And it is an unpredictable thing to do. It will stymie critics. I’m a performer. This was fun. Seth wants to do even more.”
The idea of Rush Limbaugh as a semi regular character on “Family Guy” is certainly something to make one tingle. But I suggest that he should instead make his next appearance on “American Dad” which features an uber patriotic CIA agent and his many misadventures. Rush and Stan should get on very well.
If Rush Limbaugh’s appearance on “Family Guy” is a ratings winner, could we not see other conservative icons showing up? Mind, it may be a hard sale for some. “Family Guy” has savaged George W. Bush and MacFarlane himself has opined how much he hates the former President. Seth MacFarlane would have to go down on bended knee to Sarah Palin and do some heavy duty apologizing for his ungentlemanly behavior before she would even consider appearing.
Who else? Sean Hannity? Glenn Beck? The head spins with the possibilities.
Mind, there are few left wing icons if any willing to show up on a cartoon and laugh at themselves. Nancy Pelosi? Keith Olbermann? Harry Reid? That is not within the range of human comprehension.
So, bravo Rush Limbaugh for bringing some humor and class to a show that is so often bereft of both.
Sources: Rush Limbaugh to Star on ‘Family Guy’ (Video), Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, October 2nd, 2010
‘IT’S CALLED CROSSOVER’, Brian Maloney, Radio Equalizer, October 2nd, 2010