Actor Chloë Grace Moretz is recalling the terrible time when the internet made her body into a meme based on a character from Family Guy, revealing how it had negative effects on her mental health.
In an interview with Hunger TV, Moretz explained that the meme arrived during a time when she was starting to get a lot of unwanted male attention, which led her to feel self-conscious and go to therapy. As Moretz explained, "There was one meme that really affected me, of me walking into a hotel with a pizza box in my hand. And this photo got manipulated into a character from Family Guy with the long legs and the short torso, and it was one of the most widespread memes at the time." The actor further explained of her post-meme doldrums, "To this day, when I see that meme, it’s something very hard for me to overcome."
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In 1999, the first episode of Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy premiered on Fox right after the Super Bowl. The show quickly won audiences over with its slapstick comedy, vulgar humor and relatability. But what really stuck with people were two characters: A talking baby named Stewie and a talking family dog named Brian. Of course, we’ve been seeing anthropomorphic cartoon objects and animals since the early 1900s: There’s the century-old Peter Rabbit, the rowdy Looney Tunes, SpongeBob SquarePants, and virtually every Pixar movie.
So what was it, then, that made Stewie and Brian feel so different? In many ways, these two characters transcend traditional, predictably goofy cartoon humor. Stewie isn’t just a talking baby, but the exact opposite of what one would expect when a baby opens their mouth. He’s droll, surly, posh and inexplicably British, despite being from an all-American family. Similarly, Brian is the antithesis of the loving, energetic creature you’d imagine your family dog to be like. He’s deadpan, glum and has a mild drinking problem. Family Guy’s anthropomorphism is all about subverting expectations to the most outrageous degree, and MacFarlane pushes this exercise to its limits with these two characters.
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