Seth MacFarlane: Media exaggerates political correctness

Seth MacFarlane, pictured in June 2015. Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

NEW YORK — Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane dismisses the notion that comedy has become more politically correct these days.

Instead, he blames some members of the press for exaggerating the situation.

“They are screaming that everyone else is angry when they’re not,” MacFarlane said. “I don’t buy it. I don’t think it’s real.”

He added: “This is the only thing I agree with my Republican friends on.”

MacFarlane feels there’s a big disconnect from the perception that the media creates and the way people actually think.

He should know, the writer-actor has covered edgy topics for years and has amassed a large fan base for both Family Guy and his film comedies.

“Most people are capable of deciphering comedic situations from actual offenses,” he said.

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A few minutes later, his co-star, Morgan Freeman, stopped and applauded MacFarlane for having “guts.”

“He just says ‘Let’s push the envelope a bit and see what happens.’ He’s doing Ted 2, that’s what happens,’ Freeman said with a smile.

But Freeman feels not everyone can pull off edgy comedy without incident.

“If you got a talent, if you are clever, you can. If you’re not, you can’t,” Freeman said.

MacFarlane and Freeman made the comments Wednesday at the world premiere of their new movie, Ted 2.

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