I’m not sure what to think of this preview from next Sunday’s episode of Family Guy. The story has Peter signing up for medical experiments for money, eventually leading to his being injected with the gay gene. That prompts Peter to develop a lisp, go limp in the wrists and wear a lavender scarf.
My knee-jerk reaction is annoyance at seeing the usual stereotypes at work in Peter’s turning gay. Then again, the joke could easily be about how Peter thinks he should behave after being told he’s been injected with the gay gene. I mean, remember how Frank dealt with being “gay for Jaime” on 30 Rock?
Family Guy has a pretty good record in handling gay topics (and creator Seth MacFarlane has been outspoken in his support of gays), so I’ll wait and see how this plays out. I’m sure I’ll be offended by Peter’s behavior in any case because I always am (hey, I’m still hoping for a Simpsons episode where Frank Grimes finally gets his revenge on Homer Simpson).
What do you think?