Seth MacFarlane says city councilor’s comments on ‘SMILF’ akin to censorship

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 04: Creator/executive producer Seth MacFarlane of the television show Family Guy speaks onstage during the FOX portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 4, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Seth MacFarlane in January.

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.


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.

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“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.

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