The much anticipated Simpsons and Family Guy crossover episode has yet to air, though a joke featured in a trailer for the episode has already caused controversy.
The joke, which was featured in a trailer that debuted during the summer at Comic Con, is receiving more attention now than ever before because Fox won’t be editing it out of the hour-long special.
The joke begins with Bart instructing Stewie Griffin in the art of the prank call. Bart calls Moe’s Tavern and asks if anyone at the bar is known as Lee Keybum. When the bartender calls out the name, everyone laughs.
Stewie then takes a turn at his own prank call.
“Hello, Moe?” Stewie says. “Your sister’s being raped.”
Tim Winter, president of Parents Television Council, said he’s a huge fan of The Simpsons, but that this particular joke shocked him.
“I was blown out of my shoes when I saw the scene with the rape joke in it,” Winter said. “It really troubled me.”
Winter noted that the joke was especially offensive given the recent stories of sexual assault on college campuses and alleged abusive treatment toward women some players of the National Football League were recently accused of.
Winter argued that when rape is used as a punch line for a joke, the crime becomes less outrageous in real life.
A response from Fox to remove the joke from the episode, which airs on Sunday, has not yet been received.