Satire – Family Guy

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The satirical techniques used in ‘Family Guy’ are explored through an episode where Brian and Stewie join the Army and try to find ways to get discharged, including pretending to be gay. Meanwhile, Chris joins a heavy-metal band and develops a rude attitude, leading Lois and Peter to blame Marilyn Manson for his behavior. The episode also touches on the controversial policy of Don’t ask, don’t tell in the US military, which prohibits openly homosexual individuals from serving, and the scandal surrounding the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

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The satirical techniques used for ‘Family Guy’ characters Begin to analyse a ‘Family Guy’ episode to understand the satire used within the episode.  Brian and Stewie join the Army, but when they’re shipped to Iraq, they try everything to get discharged, including shooting each other and pretending they’re gay. Meanwhile Chris joins a heavy-metal band and develops an anti-social and rude attitude. Lois and Peter find a poster of Marilyn Manson in his wardrobe and blame him for the changes in Chris. Homosexuality and the US Military Don’t ask, don’t tell is the common term for the policy about homosexuality in the U. S. military the policy prohibits anyone who “demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because “it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.

The act prohibits any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces. The “don’t ask” part of the policy indicates that superiors should not initiate investigation of a service member’s orientation in the absence of disallowed behaviors, though mere suspicion of homosexual behavior can cause an investigation. Abu Ghraib Prison: The images from Abu Ghraib showed prisoners facing dogs, being stripped naked and wired up as if being subjected to electric shocks.

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