Seth MacFarlane, the actor and comedian best known for creating the Rhode Island-set television show “Family Guy,” has weighed in on “SMILF,” the Boston-based show that came under fire this past week by a city councilor.
The show, created by Frankie Shaw and centered around South Boston, premiered on Showtime in November. But Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn on Tuesday said posters advertising the show around the city should be taken down, arguing that the show paints the neighborhood in an unflattering light.
MacFarlane, a New England native who also produced movies “Ted” and “Ted 2” in the Boston area, tweeted on Sunday in support of Shaw.
Flynn treads on dark ground. Whether a writer is drawing from personal experience or pure imagination, it?s troubling when anyone, politician or otherwise, suggests a story should not be told or a character should be censored. Make room, Ed. https://t.co/Jk9LJeGwdx— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 11, 2018
MacFarlane was referenced in a long statement that Shaw issued on Saturday addressing Flynn’s concerns and pushing against the notion that the show is inaccurate.
“I have a feeling that the judgement comes from underlying gender-bias more than anything else . . . But just like Ben Affleck and Seth MacFarlane, who came into town to make their very male art of chasing women, robbing banks, and getting high with teddy bears, I’d like the same consideration to tell the stories that are important to me,” Shaw wrote in a post on her Facebook page.
The city said that the advertisements were already scheduled to come down.J.D. Capelouto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jdcapelouto.