“You’ve finally done something good, Seth MacFarlane,” Jimmy Kimmel declared. “You’ve finally done something for society.”
While hosting Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane as he prepared to launch a Covid-vaccine PSA for the long-running show, Kimmel couldn’t help himself (20 years at this point). Nonetheless, this PSA is a logical next step for MacFarlane, who has been chastised by his bosses for allowing Tucker Carlson to spew vaccination falsehoods every night while Peter Griffen is unable to use the F-word. After another dose of sarcasm, the unveiling took place after the 7:30 point above.
“I looked around and I saw everyone else at Fox Corp. doing their part to get good science out there and be responsible with their platforms,” MacFarlane explained. “And looking down the barrel of that kind of peer pressure, I said well gosh, we’ve gotta do something too.”
At work, MacFarlane noted how strange it is to watch how “on the reporting side, they obviously are in, you know, their fantasy fairyland.” He went on to say that the “entertainment side” is “making the best of it” by becoming politically involved in order to coexist under the same corporate canopy. And, while the program has already converted a popular scene into a Covid-vaccine PSA, a new official one wouldn’t hurt. Stewie discusses why immunizations are so important since they protect everyone in the video above (around the 7:30 mark). Then there was the clincher:
“Even more importantly, if the virus is allowed to spread through an unvaccinated population, it could mutate into a variant that the vaccines might not protect against, and then we’re right back where we started: Gal Gadot singing ‘Imagine.’ We cannot let that happen again!”