Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Join in the National Outcry Over FOX's 'Family Guy' Attack on Terri Schiavo

 Jill Stanek reported on this story earlier this week.

FOX TV show Family Guy opened with a truly shocking scene: a preschool school play entitled, "Terri Schiavo, The Musical." which was extremely offensive and vulgar, so much so that I refuse to post the video here. I watched it for just a few seconds and felt ill afterward.

The following is a press release from Terri's Foundation:

Since the Sunday prime time airing of FOX's, 'Family Guy', and their mocking of Terri Schiavo and other disabled people in the opening scene of the program, Terri's Foundation has been inundated with emotionally charged emails and phone calls.

These supportive communications have been two-fold: sympathetic to the deep wounds that have been opened by this vulgar episode; and to express their anger and outrage at FOX Network for allowing this program to openly display prejudice towards people with cognitive disabilities. The intent of the people contacting us now is to cease their patronage of advertisers who support 'Family Guy'.

We are asking other disability rights groups and pro-family organizations to consider joining us in sending a message to Fox that programs which promote prejudice against disabled human beings will be boycotted along with their advertisers.

Here is just a couple of the communications that demonstrates the outrage around the country:

"I am angry and grieved at the cruel manner in which your sister was recently ridiculed on 'Family Guy'. I am going to send them a piece of my mind!" Dallas, TX

"It is shameful that Terry Schiavo's suffering would be made into a joke on 'Family Guy'... whoever is responsible for this should be fired." Sarasota, FL

Here is the link to The Family Guy episode (The reference to Terri is in the opening few minutes):
www.hulu.com/watch/133209/family-guy-peter-assment
 
Previous press release issued by Terri's Foundation: 
www.christiannewswire.com/news/3538013418.html
If you would like to contact FOX here is their information:
Ms. Gail Berman, President
FOX Broadcasting Company
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
(310) 369-1000
E-Mail: askfox@foxinc.com

Gaude Lydia Paez, Vice President Communications
FOX Broadcasting Company
Phone: (310) 369-3276
Fax: (310) 369-1283
E-Mail: gaude.paez@fox.com
FOX Broadcasting Company
10201 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-3553
Web: www.fox.com

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