In a Details Magazine‘s piece — entitled Seth MacFarlane Sounds Off — Seth MacFarlane makes a great statement about Prop 8:
Details: Family Guy tackled gay marriage in its fourth season-two years before Prop 8.
Seth MacFarlane: The ridiculous thing about something like Prop 8 is that it will be overturned. They put something like million into that campaign, and they might as well have just bet all that money on the Red Sox. It’s wasted money because that civil-rights battle will be won eventually. They’ll just have to sulk in a corner and accept the fact that gays will be able to marry each other. Every civil-rights conflict-black people, women-comes to an end in the right way.
Then Seth MacFarlane follows that up with what I consider an asinine couple of comments on the Family Guy and The Cleveland Show episodes with transgender/transsexual characters (italic emphasis added):
Details: You predicted that another episode — about a transgendered character — would make the LGBT community happy. It didn’t.
Seth MacFarlane: That surprised me. I don’t meet a lot of stupid homosexuals. They seem to be a pretty smart bunch. But it seemed that they were not picking up on the fact that it was a very sympathetic portrayal of a transsexual character.
Details: Maybe the fact that Brian barfs his guts out when he realizes he’s had sex with a transsexual threw them off.
Seth MacFarlane: Hey, we’re still Family Guy. We’re not suddenly going to become 7th Heaven. Actually, I guess on 7th Heaven they would probably burn the transsexual at the stake. Let me think of another example. We’re not Mr. Belvedere. Look, Brian happens to be a heterosexual character, as I am. If I found out that I had slept with a transsexual, I might throw up in the same way that a gay guy looks at a vagina and goes, “Oh, my God, that’s disgusting.” It’s just the way we’re biologically wired. They should give that another look.
I’m not a “homosexual.” I’m a transsexual who sociopolitically identifies as transgender, and you can classify my sexuality as functionally asexual. I personally found the extended barfing by characters in both the Family Guy and The Cleveland Show to be disrespectful, insulting, and absolutely abhorrent; I didn’t find the portrayal of the two trans characters to be a sympathetic portrayals of folk in the trans subcommunity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
But hey, don’t mind my opinion — Apparently, Seth MacFarlane considers me to be just one of the “stupid homosexuals.”