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question of the day: ‘Family Guy’ abortion episode: WTF?

This is how big a cynic I am: When I heard that an upcoming episode of the Fox cartoon series Family Guy centered on abortion, and that Fox was chickening out of airing it, the only thing I could think was, Well, that’s a good way to get some press, ain’t it?

It all went down at Comic Con this past weekend, according to The Live Feed:

[Series creator Seth] MacFarlane revealed he’s producing a controversial episode about abortion for the upcoming season. But he and others on the panel said that Fox was unlikely to air the episode.

“20th Century Fox, as always, allowed us to produce the episode and then said, ‘You know what? We’re scared to f–king death of this,'” MacFarlane said.

The episode will probably be available on DVD, he added.

A Fox spokesperson said that no decision has yet been made on the matter.

Of course Fox will say that no decision has been made: it extends the life of the story, because we’ll all follow up when the decision is announced.

Am I wrong? Is the news that Fox won’t air the abortion episode of Family Guy just a ploy to get us all to watch it when it does, or to buy to the DVD if it doesn’t?

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