The show has a reputation for really pushing the boundaries of taste. It may surprise you to learn that not all the jokes they come up with make it on the air. One of the writers at a table session came up with a joke about Meg wanting to watch 8 Simple Rules and Chris saying, "That show hasn't been the same since they killed off John Ritter." Everyone at the table stared at him and he said, "Oh, he would have laughed." (It got changed to George Lopez and Chris saying, "That show only furthers the stereotype that George Lopez is funny.") Another problem happened because of timing. It takes about eight months to animate an episode. So they will forget what is in an episode until they get the print back from Korea. One episode had Stewie wandering around the house with a full diaper, complaining, "It smells like New Orleans in here." Between the time they sent the vocals and storyboards off and got them back, Hurricane Katrina hit. Stewie's line hit, and everyone watching dropped their jaws. They cut it before it even made it to the network.
So, you are the producer of a show that likes to go for risky humor. You hire people who write risky humor. This means there is a question of appropriateness, but as producer, it's your job to weed out the jokes that are inappropriate.
This also means that, if your writer goes outside your control, he's going to do something stupid.
Alec Sulkin is a writer for Family Guy. And last night on Twitter, he posted this little nugget of wisdom....
If you wanna feel better about this earthquake in Japan, google “Pearl Harbor death toll”.
I don't even know where to begin in addressing the epic wrongness of this.
I will simply say this: jokes are supposed to be funny. This does nothing but evoke a racist event in America's past. Kutabare o baka ze!