Of all the stunts Family Guy has pulled on national, and international television networks, an episode promoting marijuana usage might lean on the innocuous side of things. Nevertheless, it was enough for Venezuelan authorities to fine cable companies that continue to air the series.
In the recent episode, "420," Brian and Stewie start a campaign to legalize marijuana in the fictional town of Quahog. According to the Associated Press, Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami was outraged by the subject, and is issuing Venezuela's telecommunication's regulator to ban the show from all networks and to fine those that do not comply.
The incident is nothing new to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who's show has already been kicked off the air at least two times for things like the "I Need A Jew" ditty of Season Three's "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," and the unaired "abortion episode" where Peter Griffin boldly give his two cents by declaring, "If God wanted us to kill babies, he'd make them all Chinese girls."
Based on the show's controversial track record, there's a good chance this won't be the last trouble we hear about from Family Guy.
By Gage Henry
September 25, 2009