“They deliberately create an image of Russia as a country where everyone is unhappy with life, drinking, using drugs, taking bribes,” said Chelyabinsk region deputy Yana Lantratova. A wasteland of alcoholism and corruption? Seems about bang on to me.
Incidentally, the voice for Meg Griffin is Mila Kunis, born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.
Family Guy has taken its funny moments too far according to one Russian official, who deemed a recent skit on the show as “deliberately offensive.”
The backlash came after episodes 19 and 20 of the show’s 21st season, “From Russia with Love” and “Adult Education.” The characters Meg, Stewie and Brian go to Chelyabinsk, and in a two-parter, Meg decides to stay to start a relationship with Russian hacker Ivan. Loving her new surroundings, Meg sings a parody of Beauty and the Beast song “Belle” about the Russian city.
The use of stereotypes within the musical number has angered Chelyabinsk region deputy Yana Lantratova. Speaking to Russian publication Rise, she spoke out against the depiction of her city, and called for a ban of the adult cartoon in Russia.
“The artist has the right to his vision, but this is a deliberately offensive artistic image that has nothing to do with reality,” Lantratova said. “This is a deliberate work against our country. Information warfare through artistic works. They deliberately create an image of Russia as a country where everyone is unhappy with life, drinking, using drugs, taking bribes.”