Long-running popular animated comedy sitcom ‘Family Guy’ premiered season 19 on September 27 with what seemed to be a joke about — much to everyone’s surprise — Pakistan Super League (PSL) teams Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars.
In the scene, from Family Guy Season 19, Episode 1, central character Peter Griffin is seen sitting with his friends at their favourite hangout having a beer when the conversation turns to ‘foreign’ sports fans at the pub.
“On Saturday mornings, it’s just weird foreign sports fans, like those Pakistani cricket hooligans,” Griffin’s friend, Glenn Quagmire, remarks.
The screen then focuses on two Pakistani sports fans, sporting light green shirts with ‘Lahore’ emblazoned on the front and with what look to be cans of soda in their hands.
“If you’re not rooting for Lahore, please you may leave I can tell you,” one of the two Pakistanis, sporting a light moustache, says in a thick accent.
“Lahore cricketers are the best and the others are not the best, dear friends,” says his companion, who sports an even thicker moustache.
The camera then cuts to Joe Swanson — a recurring character in the show — who it seems is a Karachi (Kings) fan. He covers up his Karachi jersey with a jacket as he doesn’t “have a death wish about it [his preferred team]”.
Here’s how people reacted to the video, with some pointing out the show’s apparent blunder in using what are recognised as Indian accents for Pakistani characters.
Family Guy is one of the most popular animated sitcoms around the world.
The show features the Griffin family, comprising of parents Peter and Lois; their children, Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog, Brian.
Set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, the show is widely watched for its dark humour and portrayal of American culture.
‘Family Guy’ has managed to bag multiple Emmy Awards over the years and has broadcast more than 350 episodes spanning 18 seasons.
Season 19 premiered on Sunday, September 27.