agle-eyed Family Guy fans think they may have spotted a clue about Kevin Spacey's predatory behavior in a 2005 episode. What do you think? Is it merely a coincidence, or has MacFarlane been sprinkling clues like this in his comedy for years?
And if he has, what else has he been hinting at?
Last night, BuzzFeed News shared actor Anthony Rapp's allegations that Kevin Spacey propositioned him for sex when he was only 14 years old.
The Star Trek: Discovery actor says he was compelled to come forward in light of the many women speaking out about misconduct within Hollywood.
(As a brief aside, it should also be stated that Spacey completely mishandled the situation by choosing that moment to come out as a gay man. Rapp’s experience of being preyed upon by a sexual predator has nothing to do with the fact that that particular sexual predator is gay. Spacey is actively contributing to harmful stereotypes that empower homophobic people. More on that HERE.)
While this was news to many, there are some people who believe Spacey's proclivity for propositioning underage men is a well-known secret within Hollywood. In fact, some think this clip from a 2005 episode of Family Guy proves that Seth MacFarlane knew about it.
The clip features the character Stewie (a talking baby) running into the room and shouting, “Help! I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement! Help me!”
Could MacFarlane possibly have been hinting at Kevin Spacey’s abhorrent behaviors as far back as 2005? Who else knew? Why are we only hearing about it now?
This isn't the first time MacFarlane has appeared to hint at hidden truths by making a seemingly prescient joke. Back when he was hosting the 2013 Oscars, MacFarlane made a joke about actresses who were nominated for an award no longer having to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein. After news of the allegations against Weinstein broke, MacFarlane took to Twitter to reveal that he knew about Weinstein's actions for years.
Does MacFarlane have some sort of crystal ball that gives him insight into Hollywood’s deepest, darkest secrets?
More likely is that there are secrets like Weinstein’s and Toback’s and Spacey’s that many of the Hollywood elite have known for years. They just haven’t spoken up about them. Whether that’s because they’re trying to protect the victims or simply to protect their own reputation is unclear (although it’s probably a bit of both).
Now we're starting to wonder: What else has MacFarlane tried to warn us about?
Are there other unsavory Hollywood secrets hidden in his body of work?
It’s also fair to ask whether making jokes about these very serious issues is truly the best approach. Perhaps it’s actually time to push the jokes aside and confront the issues head-on, without a comedic buffer.
Regardless, we’re glad someone’s out there sharing the truth.