Carol Burnett Not Amused By Family Guy Parody
Carol Burnett has filed a $6-million lawsuit against Fox Broadcasting, charging that the network infringed on her copyright and misappropriated her likeness when it included an animated version of her cleaning woman character on its animated sitcom Family Guy. Burnett objected to an 18-second scene in which the character, working in a porn shop to "keep it clean," tugs her earlobe while a bit of music resembling the theme from Burnett's variety show is played. She said in the filing that she had previously rejected a request by the show's producers to use the actual music. Responding to the lawsuit, Fox observed that Family Guy frequently includes pop-culture parodies, adding, "We are surprised that Ms. Burnett, who has made a career of spoofing others on television, would go so far as to sue Family Guy for a simple bit of comedy."