Now, I do think FG gets a little more leeway with 9/11, given that Seth McFarlane was supposed to be on one of the planes and missed his flight.  And I don’t really have a problem with tasteless humor, but I need it to be clever.  The “pie in the face” part, that’s actually pretty funny.  The rest doesn’t really work for me.  It’s kind of back to their editorial issue.  If, instead of James Woods, it had been somebody who’s actively exploited 9/11 in one way or another, then you have a joke.  If it had been Oliver Stone, then you’ve got something.  As it is, it’s not a joke about anything.  Without some context, the joke is only about 9/11, and specifically about the planes hitting the towers, and that’s not funny.  There’s a huge difference in my mind between South Park and the episode where a turd in the urinal was likened to 9/11 conspiracy theorists, and FG’s reducing it to a sight gag. (or Peter as James Woods describing a sight gag, whichever)

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