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ADL Fumes at Fox Network over “Family Goy”

Posted By Matzav Editor On October 8, 2009 @ 8:23 AM In Breaking News, Jewish Community, Recent Jewish Community | 16 Comments

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has sent the following letter to the FOX Broadcasting Company over its airing of an episode called “Family Goy,” which was shown on Sunday, October 4. The letter states that the show was offensive to Jews by employing excessive negative stereotypes about Jews and money. The text of the letter is as follows:

FOX Broadcasting Company
10201 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90035
We agree with the many complaints we have received from across the country that the Family Guy episode, “Family Goy,” which aired on Sunday, October 4, was offensive to Jews by employing excessive negative stereotypes about Jews and money.

By repeating the age-old stereotype that all Jews care about is money in an effort to break down stereotypes, the desired result can be lost while anti-Jewish images and perceptions remain. At a time when anti-Semitism is all too prevalent around the world, the Jewish community is especially sensitive.

We have a sense of humor and understand the genre of animation comedy is to push the envelope. However, in doing so we believe there is a responsibility on the part of the Family Guy team — creators, writers, producers and broadcaster — to be sensitive to the consequences of employing false and hurtful stereotypes.

We would like the opportunity to discuss this with you.

 The Anti-Defamation League

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