Blame it on the Millennials.
Anything anyone says these days has the potential to become offensive even if it's just a stupid joke like the one Brian posted on Twitter on Family Guy Season 16 Episode 6.
And Brian's Twitter joke wasn't stupid at all. It was actually funny if you read it for what it was and not for some imaginary message he didn't intend.
But the sensitivity brigade got hold of it and twisted it around to make it sound like Brian was the biggest racist in the world. Everyone joined in on their condemnation of him even going so far as to ostracize the entire Griffin family just because he lived with them.
Not once did anyone look in the mirror and question why it was they turned a simple Tweet into something racial.
Brian was making fun of himself for being white and college educated and choosing to see a movie like Baywatch, but because he mentioned Kevin Hart's movie, people automatically assumed he was making a racist comment.
If it was a Liam Neeson movie instead, would it have been just as offensive?
You can't say boo about anyone or anything lest you get labeled which is humorous in itself because the people doing the labeling are also the same people who don't want to be labeled.
Lois: What were you thinking writing that Tweet?
Brian: What? It was just a joke.
Lois: Brian, it's not 2005. You can't just go online and say whatever you want.
And if you don't pitch a hissy fit when someone does something deemed "offensive" you're just as much a part of the problem as the person who did the "offensive" act in the first place.
Brian couldn't even apologize for his Tweet because everything he tried to say became offensive to somebody or something. No matter how hard he tried at sounding neutral, someone found something wrong with every word that came out of his mouth.
Say "ladies" first, he's sexist. Say "gentlemen" first, he hates women.
And let's not forget all those people who don't identify with anything because they don't want to be boxed into any category. The safest bet is to just call everyone "it" until that becomes an insensitive label, too.
It's a no-win situation and that's what Brian found himself in.
His entire outburst on the stoop should have been an eye-opener for the crowd because every word he said was true. And hilarious.
Everybody thought his joke was horrifically offensive, but nobody stopped to think about the responses to his Tweet.
People called him names, threatened to kill him or told him to kill himself.
How many people jumped on the bandwagon to attack Brian just because everyone else was doing it?
Did it make them feel like they were a contributing member of society?
All of their behavior was just an acceptable form of social bullying, only it wasn't seen that way because Brian was the one who was being insensitive. He offended and, therefore, was in the wrong so he had what was coming to him.
One of the most amusing parts of Brian's outburst was when he told the crowd he once kissed a transsexual. It directly referenced the controversy surrounding Family Guy Season 8 Episode 18, "Quagmire's Dad" which was so offensive people are still Tweeting about it seven years later.
SEVEN YEARS and people still hold a grudge against Seth MacFarlane because Brian barfed for a full 30 seconds after learning the truth about Ida.
SEVEN YEARS. Think about that.
So why shouldn't Family Guy stir the pot some more by having Brian question where his medal was for kissing Ida in the first place? He should get a participation medal for that, shouldn't he?
That joke is sure to go over the Millennials' heads.
Cafeteria Kid: Your dog wrote an insensitive Tweet. You can't eat here.
Chris: Uh oh, Meg. It's a sensitivity mob.
Meg: It was just a joke.
Cafeteria Girl: There's no such things as jokes anymore.
Other Cafeteria Boy: Yeah, we live in a post-joke world.
Brian didn't find any comfort from his family after his outburst. Not only did his Tweet and the subsequent Twitter storm affect him, it affected all of the Griffins too. Chris and Meg regurgitated their The Kingsmen fight in the school cafeteria, Lois was shunned at the grocery store, and Peter was side-eyed by his friends.
It caused them so much grief they asked Brian to move out. They no longer wanted to be associated with someone that caused so much trouble even though the Tweet was taken completely out of context.
Brian's entire life was ruined because of one Tweet. Say the wrong thing on social media, and you might as well commit suicide.
What does this say about our society? When is enough, enough?
The ending of "The D in Apartment 23" was odd. Is Brian doomed to be alone forever? Will the Griffins take him back and risk the social implications?
What do you guys think? Are we being too sensitive? Can we joke around anymore without offending? When did we become so serious about everything?
Hit the comments and share your thoughts.
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