Ted 2 director Seth MacFarlane says political correctness can go too far

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Ted 2 is released in cinemas on Wednesday July 8

MacFarlane says his new film is not intended “just to shock”, despite scenes which include jokes mentioning 9/11 and the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

The co-writer and director of Ted 2, who also voices the foul-mouthed teddy bear, was referring to a scene in the film where John and Ted visit a comedy improvisation night.

The duo heckle the comedians with wildly inappropriate joke ideas.

Seth said: “The context, to me, makes it okay. You’re not mocking any one of those events or people, you’re acknowledging these are all tragedies that don’t belong in a comedy club, and that is why the audience goes along with you.”

Seth McFarlane
Seth McFarlane

The 41-year-old continued: “Anyone who has ever been to an improv show knows there’s always some asshole in the back shouting out completely unusable, offensive remarks.”

He added: ”I don’t think the public feels the same way about political correctness in comedy as the media does.

“I think the media would like us to believe that the public feels a certain way and the public is angry at this and that, but all my experience is contrary to that.”

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