The Family Guy cartoon show became an instant classic after its debut in 1999, but over the years it’s become famous for far more than just vulgar entertainment.
The show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, has long been accused of using the series for predictive programming—adding bizarre messages and scenes that, eerily, come true years later.
One of the most infamous examples was in a 2013 episode called “Turban Cowboy”, where the character Peter commits a mass murder at the Boston Marathon—it all aired about 1 month before the ACTUAL Boston Marathon bombing.
But Seth’s apparent premonitions seem to have trickled over into the topic of sexual harassment, with three bizarre instances of seemingly innocuous jokes later having a direct connection to real-world sexual predators.
1. Kevin Spacey Joke About Child Rape
In a 2005 episode of Family Guy, there’s a scene where the show’s 1-year-old character “Stewie” runs naked through a shopping mall screaming, “Help, I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement! Help me!”
Airing over 15 years before the House of Cards actor was accused of sexually assaulting then-14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp, the episode proved to be strangely foreboding:
2. Brett Ratner….Collector of Sex Slaves?
Brett Ratner is known mostly for his work on the Rush Hour film series, but now he’s got a new reputation: sexual harasser.
6 women have come forward, in interviews with the Los Angeles Times, accusing Brett of sexual harassment and misconduct.
But before these revelations surfaced, MacFarlane’s Family Guy was already hinting at Brett’s misdeeds.
“I have $75,000. Thank you, Brett Ratner,” says an auctioneer announcing the bids for a sex slave. The animated version of Brett is seen in the background, observing the scantily-clad for-sale female.
3. Seth Admits To Weaving Secret Truths Into His Comedy
It wasn’t until 2013 that we finally had confirmation that, yes: Seth MacFarlane deliberately adds “open secrets” into his comedy writing.
While hosting the Oscars in 2013 and introducing nominees for best supporting actress, Seth joked, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”
Only a few years later, the offhand humor would feel too true to ignore, prompting public backlash at the Family Guy creator and even an eventual response from him on Twitter:
In essence, Seth claims that in 2011 a friend of his, Jessica Barth, told him that Harvey Weinstein made several unwanted advances on her.
Of particular importance is where he says, “It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction. Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger.”
Seth MacFarlane purposely infuses his comedy writing with nuggets of truth, and although he has yet to publicly respond to his Kevin Spacey reference, it’s not hard to imagine Seth’s work is more than just animated fiction:
Sources: The Anti-Media