It’s pretty much what you would expect a Family Guy Emmy mailer to be – outrageous and funny. After dressing up Stewie as President Barack Obama last year under the “Vote For Change!” slogan, it’s dad Peter Griffin’s turn as cover boy this time as the lead from Precious in a tongue-in-cheek take on the poster for the dark feature about an overweight Black teen girl abused by her mother and impregnated by her father. The “Celebrating Diversity” theme is carried on inside with a list of all writers on the animated show grouped by ethnicity/sexual orientation: “Family Guy – written by 8 WASPS, 6 Jews, 2 Asian and 1 Gay.”
Being outrageous helped Family Guy land its first best comedy series Emmy nomination last year, the first for an animated series since The Flintstones in 1961. (Other tag lines featured on last year’s Family Guy Emmy mailer included: We peaked 3 years ago, so by your logic we should get an Emmy now; You have to vote for us — we did a holocaust episode; and Family Guy with Tina Fey… Not really, we just want an Emmy). No doubt the Family Guy writers, who are behind the show’s Emmy campaigns, are hoping for a repeat, possibly matching on the TV side what their inspiration, Precious, accomplished on the film side earlier this year: six Oscar nominations, including best picture, and two wins.