Family Guy Takes on 9/11

Abortion. Gay Marriage. Serial Killing. Nothing is off limits for Seth McFarlane.. but should it be?

Last night Family Guy took on perhaps the most sensitive subject in modern America: the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

In the episode Stewie and Brian going back in time, at one point intervening to prevent the terrorist attacks of 9/11. But when things go awry, including the outbreak of a civil war and subsequent secession of southern states, they have to make a decision: should they keep history changed, or just let 9/11 stay on the record books and keep 2011’s true reality?

The decision? Make sure 9/11 happens. And so they do, ensuring the chaos and destruction.

They even high five after making the decision, though to be fairĀ it was made to prevent an apocalyptic future..

The big question here is what do you think about this? Too soon to use 9/11 as a punchline? 10 years has passed, but will we ever view this as an okay subject to joke about?