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This ‘Family Guy’ joke about Caitlyn Jenner took on whole new meaning

Is this joke tasteful or tactless?

 

Nayomi Reghay

Internet Culture

Published Jun 2, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 4:53 pm CDT

When Caitlyn Jenner’s exquisite Vanity Fair cover—and the hashtag #CallMeCaitlyn announcing her new name—hit the Web on Monday, the Internet quickly erupted with praise.

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One big theme emerged: People could not get over Caitlyn’s beauty. High praise came from Kim Kardashian herself:

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And from new fans:

https://twitter.com/kaeepet/status/605606663530217472

But while most of us are just getting to know Caitlyn’s new look, it turns out Jenner’s feminine side had a longtime fan in an unlikely place.

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Way back in 2009, Family Guy aired a brief joke that insulted Jenner’s son, Brody Jenner. Stewie expresses disgust and disdain for Brody, asking how he could have emerged from Jenner’s body. Upon further pressing from Brian, who insists that Jenner is a man, Stewie insists that that simply isn’t true and praises Jenner, calling her a “woman, a beautiful Dutch woman.”

Family Guy is typically not known for tact, or kindness—and the joke as written looks to offend by mocking Jenner’s appearance, meanwhile suggesting that one needs a vagina to identify as a woman—but in light of her transition, the gag now seems almost sweet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BE18ac3zY4

Screengrab via qro4yzeyloi/YouTube | H/T Uproxx

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*First Published: Jun 2, 2015, 3:53 pm CDT