You’ll Never Work In This Town Again…
Mila Kunis
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Mila, Seth McFarlane has a woman problem and Family Guy, otherwise such a funny show, was unwatchable because of it. Another commenter said that Family Guy’s nasty, overt, base misogyny is a huge meme, an ironic take on this cultural issue. The problem with that is that it’s really never ironic on Family Guy. What makes Family Guy so appealing to clueless dudebros is exactly that — it never portrays hateful shit as ironic; it makes hateful shit seem funny and cool. Stereotypes with a grain of truth are everywhere in shows and movies, and they are often truly funny these days — because when it’s done right, it is fucking knee-slapping and lighthearted in earnest, not just a thinly veiled juvenile pretense for keeping everyone in their places socially. The difference on Family Guy has frequently been demonstrated through characters’ attitudes and behavior towards one another. A scene involving the sight of Meg’s naked body comes to mind -a naked body that so many real girls have- and the joke is supposed to be what an awful sight it is to behold. There’s nothing subversive or ironic about it — it’s just a drag on Meg, and by extension a drag on regular girls. Your character on That 70s Show, by contrast, was a HUGE negative cultural stereotype of the shallow, selfish rich bitch with no good reason to have her nose in the air — and everyone loved watching her be a force of nature who never backed down from her crew. She was powerful and funny and not just chum for perpetuating hostility towards women of a certain type.

A dumb comment by a colleague in an email is nothing compared to the blatant negativity towards women that is a staple feature of that show. If you want to use your professional moves as an example of how to combat the normalization of sexism, go for the big stuff, the aggressively demeaning stuff, and most of all the stuff that enters our living rooms and on our laptops everyday through the popular media.