December 18, 2009
He's coming out - TV's coolest baby is gay, gay, gay!
He comes complete with a snide British accent (based on Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady) and a drive for world domination, and regularly steals every scene on TV's hysterical Family Guy, and baby Stewie has big news for you: he's gay.
In a recent Playboy interview, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane confirms that Stewie is gay, and that his aggression comes from "confusion and uncertainty about his orientation". Hey, the cartoon kid is just one year old --- he gets some time to figure this stuff out.
Stewie began as an evil child-genius bent on world domination, and since celebrating his first birthday several years ago in an episode called "Chitty Chitty Death Bang" he has through the magic of television remained one-year old. And this feisty one-year-old has become involved in loan sharking, carjacking, robbery, forgery, and killing off assorted minor characters.
This guy is far from warm and fuzzy. Does your one-year-old say things like: "Ha ha ha! Oh gosh that's funny! That's really funny! Do you write your own material? Do you? Because that is so fresh! You are the weakest link. Goodbye."
TV, especially network TV, is filled with upper middle class straight white folks. So much as it is great, and needed, to have another gay character on network television, is this the right one? He's evil. He's bitchy. He's sexually confused. He's one year old. He's a cartoon. Still, I think this is a good thing --- not only is Stewie hysterically funny, the bottom line is that increased visibility leads to increased comfort leads to increased acceptance leads to increased celebration.
Every person, celebrity or not, cartoon or not, who comes out furthers the movement for equality. Hear that, Bandersoon Booper? To quote Stewie: "Well, I'd love to stay and chat, but you're a total bitch."