From the San Francisco Chronicle: Seth MacFarlane’s hit new comedy “Ted” has come under fire over a joke linked to motor neuron disease.
Mark Wahlberg stars in MacFarlane’s directorial debut, in which the
writer also voices a wisecracking, foul-mouthed teddy bear.
In one scene, Wahlberg’s character is involved in a bust-up and
rages at his rival, “From one man to another, I hope you get Lou
Baseball player Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with motor neuron disease,
also known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in 1939.
The quip caught the attention of the ALS Therapy Alliance, whose
members have slammed MacFarlane for joking about the condition.
Group spokesperson Traci Bisson says, “We want to make it clear
that ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is not a laughing matter for people
and families suffering from this life-threatening illness. The punch
line in the movie Ted comes at the expense of people afflicted with ALS.
Seth MacFarlane created Family Guy and on that show, there are no sacred cows, including Catholics, Muslims, people with Down Syndrome, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, people with disabilities and Nazis. So, if these people are complaining about something Seth MacFarlane does, I don't think they will get very far, except to get their name in the press as a bunch of crying wimps.