Terri Schiavo’s Family Boycotts Fox’s Family Guy Sponsors After Recent Attack

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 1, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Family Boycotts Fox’s Family Guy Sponsors After Recent Attack

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 1
, 2010

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — The family of Terri Schiavo has officially launched a new boycott of the sponsors of the Fox program "The Family Guy" after the show mocked Terri’s death just days before the fifth anniversary of it. The program included a satire titled "Terri Schiavo: The Musical."

In this sketch, Terri is mocked and the memory of the suffering she endured ridiculed as she is portrayed as someone on a number of mechanical life support systems. She is referred to as a vegetable and the sketch ends with characters calling for pulling the plug.

Terri’s brother, Bobby Schindler, previously told LifeNews.com today that both inferences in the Family Guy episode are false regarding Terri’s case.

Now, the Schindler family has started the "Enough is Enough" campaign to respond to the Fox program by boycotting its sponsors and sponsoring a petition to the Family Guy’s sponsors.

"We were outraged that Fox and its sponsors would so heartlessly ridicule my sister’s death by forced starvation," Schindler said in an email to LifeNews.com.

"It’s difficult to adequately convey the pain we felt as Terri was mocked and her agonizing suffering ridiculed. I was shocked at the complete cruelty and bigotry the program showed toward our beloved sister as well as toward the efforts of my family to care for her and attempt to save her life," he added.

Schindler says the bigger issue is not just the ridiculing of Terri on the program but the fostering of an overall disrespect for the elderly, terminally ill and disabled.

"Aside from the obvious pain this caused my family, the inferences of the program are clear: there is a growing, deep-rooted prejudice against people with brain-injuries and other cognitive disabilities," he says.

"If Fox Prime and its advertisers have their way, our national leaders will increasingly demand that doctors, hospitals, and families do what the characters called for at the end of ‘Terri Schiavo: The Musical’ — pull the plug! Instead of caring for the brain-injured the message is simple: kill the brain-injured," Schindler continues.

Schindler names names in the boycott and says he hopes pro-life advocates will contact companies like Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dentyne, Sonic Drive-In, Sprint, and Apple Computers and let them "know that this sort of bare-faced bigotry dehumanizes those with disabilities and dismisses the efforts of those who work tirelessly to ensure that people with disabilities receive the proper care."

"We must tell them that people are not ‘vegetables’ and that any company supporting programs that advance the idea certain people are not worthy of medical care because they are viewed as burdens to society is a company not worthy of support," Terri’s brother says.

The Schindler family wants the sponsors to stop advertising on the program, which supports "an ugly, cruel and hateful message."

The painful satire came just weeks before the Terri Schindler Schiavo foundation’s first ever Terri’s Life and Hope Concert featuring Randy Travis and Collin Raye, slated for April 11th in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org

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