'Family Guy' producers defend showing Trump groping Meg Griffin in new episode
© Fox/ Youtube

The producers of “Family Guy” are defending their decision to show President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE groping a character in Sunday’s episode.

The animated series showed Trump groping Meg Griffin, a character on the show who is in high school.

ADVERTISEMENT

"It’s clearly offensive and gross and not appropriate,” producer Rich Appel told Entertainment Weekly. “But not only didn’t we not want to show it, we don’t want to be too explicit about exactly what happened.”

Meg’s parents, Peter and Lois Griffin, initially do not believe her when she tells them she was groped by Trump.

“Our point was that Peter and Lois found it hard to believe at first that the president could be accused of an unwanted touching, but as is so often the case, people who question someone’s reporting of an unwanted touching realize they need to take it really seriously, and that’s what happens in the episode,” Appel said.

The animated series, which airs on Fox, has gone after Trump on several occasions. Sunday’s episode referenced Trump’s alleged affairs and the "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump brags about groping and kissing women without their consent.

The producers told Entertainment Weekly that they decided to use the situation of Trump sexually harassing Meg to show that men like Trump can attempt to prey on vulnerable people.

The producers said that they wrote the script for Sunday's show more than a year ago knowing Trump would still be in the news.

“We knew that he was never going to be out of the news,” said producer Alec Sulkin.