Coronavirus: Seth MacFarlane posts video as Family Guy characters, offering advice and singing ‘Imagine’

The cartoon characters describe the John Lennon cover as ‘unwelcome, even in a global pandemic’

Louis Chilton
Thursday 26 March 2020 09:52 GMT
Family Guy offers coronavirus tips

Family Guy creator and voice artist Seth MacFarlane has posted a clip of the series’ characters offering coronavirus advice.

In a video posted to Instagram, MacFarlane voices Brian and Stewie Griffin as the characters discuss the pandemic for a fictional podcast.

“Our goal is to help remind everyone that we can get through this with cooperation and togetherness,” says Brian, at one point, before launching into a few bars of John Lennon’s ”Imagine”, the song recorded by a host of celebrities last week.

He is interrupted, however, by Stewie, who tells him that the song is ”unwelcome, even in a global pandemic”.

In the nearly five-minute-long video, the Family Guy characters also discuss panic-buying – the collective impulse to purchase and hoard essential supplies, such as toilet paper.

“If you own a tie, you have toilet paper,” is the spurious advice offered by MacFarlane’s Stewie.

The clip ends with the characters agreeing that people should turn to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for reliable updates on the virus.

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