Family Guy’s Stewie has revealed his sexuality
Family Guy’s Stewie Griffin has finally revealed the truth about his sexuality.
Stewie, one of the most famous animated characters on TV, opened up during last night’s episode to therapist Dr Cecil Pritchfield, played by Sir Ian McKellen.
In the episode, called Send in Stewie, Please, the British baby in an American family was sent to talk to Sir Ian’s character after he attacked a fellow student.
“I only pushed Tyler down the stairs because I like him and I’m afraid he won’t like me back,” Stewie admitted, though he was quick to clarify what he meant.
“And not ‘like him’ like him. I’m not gay,” he told Dr Pritchfield.
“This whole thing isn’t because I’m gay, so calm down. I can already see you licking your chops. I’m sure you live for the coming out sessions.
“If anything, I’m less gay than I used to be. Not that anybody at this school would care.”
He had an important point to make about Grant Gustin, who plays the title role on The Flash and received death threats from Glee fans after his character tried to break up gay couple Kurt and Blaine.
He asked: “Do I think Grant Gustin and I would make the most adorable Instagram couple? Yes, yes we would.”
Stewie has long been portrayed as not being straight and enjoying dressing in stereotypically female clothing.
However, to the therapist, he said that “fluid is something I hear being tossed around, but I’m confident in my heterosexuality.”
This has led some to accuse the show, which started in 1998, of queerbaiting.
The show has previously toyed with the idea of Stewie coming out.
Plans for the character to be openly gay were shelved in 2009.
At the time, show creator Seth MacFarlane admitted that the idea was canned because, although the character acts like an adult on the show and frequently has adult plots, he is physically portrayed as a one-year-old.
MacFarlane had said at the time: “We had an episode that went all the way to the script phase in which Stewie does come out.
“It had to do with the harassment he took from other kids at school. He ends up going back in time to prevent a passage in Leviticus from being written: ‘Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is an abomination.
“But we decided it’s better to keep it vague, which makes more sense because he’s a one-year-old.
“Ultimately, Stewie will be gay or a very unhappy repressed heterosexual.
“It also explains why he’s so hellbent on killing [his mother] and taking over the world: He has a lot of aggression, which comes from confusion and uncertainty about his orientation.”
MacFarlane later claimed that the show’s writers “haven’t decided” what Stewie’s sexuality is.
It seems that has now been cleared up.
Sir Ian is a renowned LGBT rights activist and a co-founder of Stonewall.
The actor recently celebrated 30 years since he publicly came out.
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He said: “I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out – including myself. Life at last begins to make sense, when you are open and honest.
“Today is the 30th anniversary of the BBC radio discussion when I publicly said I was gay. So I’m celebrating!”
The Lord Of The Rings and X-Men star added that he would love to have written on his tombstone when he dies: “Here lies Gandalf. He came out.”
Watch Stewie open up here:
— Family Guy (@FamilyGuyonFOX) March 19, 2018