Family Guy Joe Swanson Voice Actor Won’t Apologize For Show’s Humor

Family Guy Joe Swanson Voice Actor Won’t Apologize For Show’s Humor 20th Television/Fox | Gage Skidmore/CC-BY-SA 2.0

“Family Guy” is known for its controversial humor, and there are plenty of people who not only don’t get the jokes in the show but don’t think they’re funny. And while some might believe the animated series is inappropriate, the show’s stars aren’t having it. In fact, Patrick Warburton, who voices paralyzed policeman Joe Swanson, says he’ll never apologize for the humor on “Family Guy.”

“I used to apologize for being on Family Guy, and I apologize no more because this world is a horrible native satire,” Warburton told Fox News. “Everybody takes themselves too seriously, and… I think in many ways become an overwhelming mess. But we need humor in our lives, and we need love and humor, acceptance. It’s all rather simple.”

Funny enough, Warburton’s mother doesn’t agree with her son. Barbara Warburton is a Christian and a member of the Parents Television Council. She hates “Family Guy” and thinks it might just “corrupt children” who watch it.

“The wrong messages are out there and that’s my main concern,” she said back in 2011, per the Daily Mail. “Shows like these are leading toward the destruction of morality… nothing seems sacred anymore.”

She told The Destin Log that she filed an FCC complaint against “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane, which he keeps in his office.

“I have always adored people in this industry who turn down roles because of their convictions, but Patrick isn’t one of those people,” Barbara said.

Patrick Warburton is no longer in “Family Guy,” but he’ll never be ashamed of his time on the show. It’s clear he has fond memories and a very different opinion from his mother.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill