The BBC News announce Sid Vicious’ death,1979.
"Don’t worry about it, man."
im probably gonna print this out as a sticker for myself so i can stick it on my face and cry
How can you not like Ozzy Osbourne?
French archeologist Joseph Hackin exploring The Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan, 1931.
Although I haven’t actually watched any of Seth’s shows in… several years now, so maybe the general tone of all of them have changed lately, I don’t know. But oh man, post-revival Family Guy as well as early seasons of American Dad had so much of the mid-00’s fears of the cultural southern captivity/Bush-style “religious right” dominance of that time being seemingly permanent, that in itself being practically a dated trope now.
Speaking of “nowpunk”, I always thought Seth MacFarlane’s shows actually had the best examples of them, most obviously from Stewie Griffin of course but certain other elements and cultural aspects while still keeping current consumerist tech and culture front and center.
A few years ago I once pulled an Alan Moore with those shows and tried to do a sort of ‘realistic’ explanation of the broader Family Guy universe as a silly writing exercise, and… ok, I basically had Roger the Alien and the advanced technology that he brought with him being responsible for everything in that world (handily for this, even within the show’s internal canon it was Roger who was the alien who crash-landed at Roswell), and the US government subsequently proceeding to exploit said technology for the country’s own gain, with various knock-on effects.
One of said knock-on effects was a more broadly prosperous USA which not only never had the economic downturns of the past few decades happen (or at least not seriously) but which quite frankly also created a more vapid, consumerist society. The populace was more able to be easily pacified by consumer surpluses and also tended to be more easily swayed in general, hence some of the really, really stupid characters in those shows. There were less stereotypical red-staters around — more easy money floating around the country allowed people to leave unfashionable ares of the country with ease — and as a result what ones there were left tended to go to cultural extremes to make themselves heard and distinct, often with disastrous results in-universe. Last but not least, it was much easier and cheaper to be able to start families so the percentage of the white population stayed at where it was since the 80’s or so and blacks were still the largest minority.
The point of all of that was not just to explain Family Guy/American Dad/The Cleveland Show’s slightly more advanced technology and certain character gimmicks (I think I made a point in there of the USG also doing animal experimenting using notes from Roger’s technology which explained a certain few characters popping up as they did), but why those shows seemed to be a combination of 80’s TV tropes, cast whitewashing, and ethnic tokenism still being overall prominent compared to the real world, along with Seth’s actual station in life as a very white arch-liberal looking at the world from a comfortable Los Angeles lifestyle.