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Family Guy as U.S. Policy

If only it were so

Venezuelan state TV today broadcast an excerpt from “Family Guy” as an example of how the U.S. promotes drug use. The clip features Stewie, the matricide-obsessed infant son of Peter and Lewis Lois Griffin, singing a song extolling the virtues of smoking weed.

“We can observe how [the U.S. government] promotes and incites the population to consume that drug there,” said Tarek El Aissaimi, Venezuela’s Interior Minister. “There’s no subliminal message. It’s an animated cartoon where you can observe perfectly how they promote consumption and moreover they foster the legalization of marijuana.”

Of course, this is just Venezuela’s back-handed way of getting back at the U.S. for faulting Venezuela’s efforts in our war on drugs.

It’s also possible that this post is merely an excuse for me to show this delightful clip again…


A Bag Of WeedThe most amazing home videos are here

By the way, in case you were trying to place it, the song is set to the tune of “Me Ole Bam-boo” from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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18 comments to Family Guy as U.S. Policy

  • If there’s one thing you can say about the U.S. government, it’s that it’s attempting to legalize marijuana through a singing cartoon baby.

  • Sometimes it makes sense to state the obvious…

  • DdC

    I think by people wrongly blaming hippies for anti war protests and legalizing, stigmatizing them with ridiculous monikers and labels. From druggies to commies, just to degrade and uglify them in hopes of “protecting” their own kids. Basically from bogeyman hobgoblins, the same as their anti-dope message. What they miss is the point of being a hippie. Dropping out of society, not redistributing the wealth. Communists require capitalism as much as Fascists. Instead of Boosh hoarding it for his Fascist neocon friends, Socialists are just spreading it around quasi-equally, it is still necessary. Not bartering or growing your own clothing fuel and recreation. Chevas has one of the largest crude oil pools on the planet. He requires prohibition the same as Rockefeller and the Fascists.

    Family Guy “420” – “X”

    American High Society

  • claygooding

    The people of the United States want marijuana legalized.not the government. We have a bureaucratic empire whose budget is over 40 billion dollars a year that could lose 1/2 their budget if marijuana is legalized. Many of the anti-marijuana
    organizations under ONDCP would lose their funding. The strongest lobby in Washington(the most $$$ in election funds) is the pharmaceutical industry,a big loser when marijuana is legalized.
    In the US,we have a 1 in 3 chance of contracting some form of cancer. The pharmaceutical companies have no cancer blocking medicines. They only have treatments. We started prohibiting marijuana 80 years ago,and now our country is at an epidemic level with cancers.
    In India,the citizens have 1 chance in 10 of contracting some form of cancer. Marijuana has been used as medicine,food and recreation continuously since written history began.
    There are now 4 studies,showing marijuana has possible cancer blocking attributes,one paid for but never published by the ONDCP,so our government can’t tell us they don’t know that marijuana blocks cancer.
    So our own government and it’s agency have decided that people continuing too contract cancer,and possibly die from it,is a risk we should all take before losing any of their funding,and election funds. Oops,the non-marijuana
    smoking,using,citizens are at the ones that are at the greatest risk. Hopefully,everyone in ONDCP,and congress are in that group.

  • ezrydn

    This sounds much like the “kettle calling the pot black.” Maybe we should shut down all the newspapers, radio and TV stations, ala Hugo. Of course, we are a democracy, something Venezuela is unfamiliar with and the citizens have the right to protest and vote, unlike Hugo’s people.

    We set our course. We don’t leave it to “one small man” to do for us. After all, who’s wearing all the “red shirts” around here???

  • DdC

    Please Help Spread The Word!

    Medical Cannabis Patient’s National Convergence Rally. 12 Noon Saturday October 10th at the White House, 1600 Penn. Avenue NW. Featuring National speakers and Local activists. Call John at 202-286-5586 or visit smoke-in.org

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  • DdC

    “We should resist the temptation to identify
    our religious convictions with the platform of a party
    or the platitudes of favored politicians. I want to be invisible.
    I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night.
    You don’t know it’s over until you’re in a body bag.””

    –Ralph Reed, 1996

    Right Wingers Marching in DC Is Big News
    But the Same Old Faces Are Pulling the Strings
    By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet
    The men behind the religious right make a comeback with the Tea Party

    Same ole Teabogs Different Day
    Burning books for Hitler, Beatle albums, Dixie Chick CD’s, Brooks Bros vote recounts, Swiftboat or Robertsons Fortune 700 Club

    Health Reform Will Create a Dieting Revolution
    By Michael Pollan, The New York Times
    Look out fast food; when insurance companies can’t dump the sick, they will have to strongly support healthy diets, or lose money.

    “I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you.
    I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you.
    Yes, hate is good…Our goal is a Christian nation.
    We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God,
    to conquer this country. We don’t want equal time.
    We don’t want pluralism.”

    –Randall Terry, Founder of Operation Rescue,
    The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 8-16-93

    Porn, Glenn Beck and Nudie Pics: Is Our Mass Culture Turning Kids Into Sex Crazed, Right-Wing Automotons?
    By Branwyn Lancourt, The Faster Times
    Kids today are exposed to vast amounts of sleazy, pornified media at the same time they are hammered with silly puritanism. The future doesn’t look good.

    Feel the Hate: 912 Sign-Makers Target Obama
    Photos: By Adele Stan, AlterNet
    The 912 march sponsored by FreedomWorks and Glenn Beck was about a lot of things, but mostly hatred of Obama

    “We’re going to bring back God and the Bible
    and drive the gods of secular humanism
    right out of the public schools of America.”

    –Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan
    addressing the anti-gay rally in Des Moines, 2-11-96

  • Sean

    dmac wins the internet. I nearly spit out my drink laughing at that comment. Thats pretty much what I came here to say. Venezuela has a lot to learn if they think the US government takes the side of marijuana when it comes to drug policy.

  • Glen Quagmire

    Giggity!

  • Osborne Perry Anderson

    Venezuela does seem confused about the gov’t being behind these cartoons… maybe becasue the gov’t is so cartoonish on the subject.. or more likely they don’t have that kind of freedom down there? Have to admit cartoons have been giving the issue a lot of exposure it wouldn’t otherwise get. I loved the south park cat piss episode/parody… what did they call it again, cheesing? Oddly illegalizing cats didn’t work either. B.S. how do you upload a photo to replace the pattern that is default.

  • Osborne Perry Anderson

    Thanks for ALL the info Pete! Humm, What face should I use with my moniker?

  • ezrydn has apparently swallowed the KoolAid.

    Mmmm Mmmm Good?

    Pete, I love this clip. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jim B

    Fox and their talking heads LOVE to decry the downfall of good old American morals and virtues. Yet Fox is home to many of the programs that you’d think these yammering idiots would be against, e.g., “Married, with Children” and “Family Guy.”

    That they don’t bite the hand that signs their paychecks just goes to show they are only in in for the money.

  • ezrydn

    Dream on, Ray. Just keep dreamin’ on. Maybe you’ll be able to hit the next target you spot.

  • Osborne Perry Anderson

    @JimB:) What’s really despicable is FOX and there more conservative followers never really understood what “good old American morals and virtues” were. Which is personal freedom and liberty while respecting the rights of others… our founders vision and law. Instead they confused religion with morals and values and look how it landed us here… and fucked a lot of other folks over the centuries too. They tend to be rather blind to the self evidence things that are supposed to protect us from them and other authoritarians. Thx:)

  • CC

    ezrydn has apparently swallowed the KoolAid.

    Mmmm Mmmm Good?

    Pete, I love this clip. Thanks for sharing.