Venezuela Accuses U.S. Government Of Supporting Drugs Through ‘Family Guy’

September 25, 2009

Venezuela (ChattahBox) – Interior Minister Tarek El Aissaimi has been on a media rampage for months, after a Congress report from the U.S. accused Venezuela of undermining efforts to stem the flow of illegal drug trafficking from Columbia. But now, he says, ‘Family Guy’ has gone too far.

The popular (and controversial) cartoon recently did an episode about marijuana legalization. One song in particular managed to get Aissaimi’s blood boiling.

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The song claimed that all you need is ‘a bag of weed’ to make you feel good, and to make the world a better place. It is one of many jokes about marijuana use and legalization that has occurred on the show.

While most see it as satire following an independent political message from the creator, Seth McFarlane, Aissaimi claims that it is proof that the U.S. is the one undermining efforts, and that his country is doing everything in their power to fight against that diversity.

“We can observe how [the U.S. government] promotes and incites the population to consume that drug there. There’s no subliminal message. It’s an animated cartoon where you can observe perfectly how they promote consumption and moreover they foster the legalization of marijuana,” the Internior Minister was quoted as saying.

It isn’t clear why Aissaimi believes that this is a government propaganda move, or why he feels there is any connection to the government at all. ‘Family Guy’ is notorious for being critical of American political leaders and policies, and the very song that they did was an accurate portrayal of that very statement.



2 Responses to “Venezuela Accuses U.S. Government Of Supporting Drugs Through ‘Family Guy’”

  1. Old Man Dotes on September 25th, 2009 12:21 pm

    You need to keep in mind that in Latin America, there is no such thing as independent thought in broadcasting; anything that hits the airwaves in a Latin American country has been either pre-censored and OKed by the local national government, or mandated by them. In my years of living in Panama, I observed many times that politicians are incapable of conceiving of any other system of broadcasting; Latin American politicians simply do not grasp that the government in the USA does not control 100% of the media (only Fox); in Latin America, a TV station manager who broadcast something that the government has not approved would be shot to death, possibly on camera, or at least “disappeared.”

  2. Jose Velasco on September 25th, 2009 2:34 pm

    Prohibition of “Family Guy” episodes in Venezuela will have the same effect as promoting it because people will only be more curious about the content and message. Underground viewing & black market DVDs will pop up everywhere. This is great as people will start to question the benefits of Prohibition v2.0.

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