April 25, 2008

Skeletal chief in Family Guy

Family Guy is "an American animated television series about a dysfunctional family that lives in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island." In a 2001 episode titled "Ready, Willing, and Disabled," Peter participates in a groundbreaking ceremony. He unearths a skeleton wearing a full-length chief's bonnet. The skeleton comes to life and begins chasing everyone.

A Plains Indian-style chief in Rhode Island. Who looks and acts evil because, well, all Indian burial grounds are cursed. Ri-i-ght.

Indians apparently have a stench of malevolent mysticism about them that lasts forever. They're born dark, mysterious, and scary and they continue that way after death.


Rob said...

DMarks wrote:

There is another episode in which Peter and Lois sing folk songs. One is about the peaceful way the Indians vanished.

To which I responded:

Well, Indians didn't vanish and they didn't decline in number peacefully. Sounds like more stereotyping to me.

Rob said...

Here's a posting on the aforementioned episode:

Indian folk song in Family Guy