Though Family Guy hasn’t been good in quite some time — if it ever was — it sounds like the animated series will finally address the question of how gay Stewie, the evil genius baby character, actually is. Though there’ve been many jokes about the talking baby’s sexuality, all is set to be revealed this March when Stewie sees a therapist.
The episode — entitled “Send in Stewie, Please” — will co-star openly gay actor Sir Ian McKellen as Dr. Cecil Pritchfield, the child psychologist at Stewie’s school. Stewie gets sent to Dr. Pritchfield after pushing one of his classmates.
According to executive producer Rich Appel, “They delve into all sorts of things you would think would come up in a therapy session with a boy like Stewie. When Stewie’s with his therapist, they pretty immediately address questions of sexuality. The episode covers that, and then goes to deeper issues for Stewie.”
While Appel is dancing around whether or not a gay Stewie will finally be confirmed, we have good reason to believe that he’ll come out. Aside from various gay jokes the series has made about Stewie, in a 2009 Playboy interview, Family Guy creator and voice of Stewie, Seth MacFarlane, said that the baby was gay.
In the interview, MacFarlane outlined a scrapped episode that would’ve involved Stewie coming out. He said the episode would’ve shown Stewie going back in time to remove the line, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is an abomination,” from the Bible’s book of Leviticus.
Stewie wouldn’t be the first LGBT character on Family Guy. In 2016, then-showrunner Alec Sulkin said Stewie’s punching-bag sister Meg might come out as a lesbian. In another episode, Meg also was depicted as a trans man named “Ron.” In yet another episode, it was revealed that Quagmire’s father was a trans woman. McFarlane referred to the episode as “a very sympathetic portrayal of a transsexual character.”
When many people complained that the “sympathetic portrayal” involved a scene where Brian vomits for almost an entire minute after realizing he had sex with a trans woman, MacFarlane said the LGBTQ community was “stupid” for not realizing how sensitive the episode was.
The gay Stewie episode of Family Guy will air Mar. 11 at 9 p.m. on Fox.
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