'Family Guy' animator likens Arizona immigration to Nazi Germany
Something about Arizona's new immigration law has some cartoonists reaching for allusions to Nazi Germany.
"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane (right) has compared Arizona's actions to Hitler's Germany, according to Reuters. His comments come days after New Jersey political cartoonist Jimmy Margulies drew Arizona as Hitler's mustache, sparking criticism from the Anti-Defamation League.
MacFarlane, speaking in a Reuters Television interview, said the Arizona law was more shocking than his own irreverent, hot-button shows. His animated comedies "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show" all air on Fox.
"It's too much. It's kind of a slap in the face, it's not the way to handle it. ..." the animator said to Reuters. "Nobody but the Nazis ever asked anybody for their papers."
MacFarlane continued: "Walking down the street, a cop can come up to you and say, 'May I see your papers?' I think they should be required to ask that question in German if the law sticks around."
On Wednesday, the Anti-Defamation League cited Margulies's cartoon, which appeared in the Bergen Record, in objecting to Nazi comparisons and analogies being made in relation to Arizona.
Margulies said to Comic Riffs on Thursday: "I do not think it diminishes the memory of the Holocaust to point out that the law in Arizona is uncomfortably reminiscent of Germany's in targeting one or more minorities. Before the concentration camps, there were smaller measures enacted which set the stage for greater acts."
As of Friday, the ADL has not responded specifically to MacFarlane's comments.
MacFarlane's shows frequently draw criticism -- most recently for a "Family Guy" character with Down syndrome who alludes to Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor slammed the episode as an insensitive "kick in the gut" and her daughter Bristol wrote that the show's writers were "heartless jerks."
In a poll concerning that episode, more than 2,000 Comic Riffs readers said they considered the episode's subject matter "fair territory for spoofage."
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| April 30, 2010; 7:10 PM ET
Categories: The Animation | Tags: American Dad, AmericanDad, Anti-Defamation League, Bergen Record, Cleveland Show, Family Guy, FamilyGuy, Fox, Jimmy Margulies, Nazi Germany, Sarah Palin, Seth MacFarlane
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