In a series of tweets published yesterday and today, Judd Apatow - who severed ties with the Fox network after the 2002 cancellation of his series Undeclared - went to town on Fox for its coverage of the aforementioned child-separation policy, all while proclaiming solidarity with MacFarlane for his outspoken stance against his bosses. "We are thankful to all who support quality, independent journalism", the statement reads. "Where are the Fox stars and executives speaking up?!"
The move is a concerning one as other major media players have signaled dissatisfaction with working for companies who have parent organizations affiliated with Fox News. And predictably, Fox News has toed the commander-in-chief's line, with Laura Ingraham on Monday going so far as to dub these establishments "essentially summer camps [or] boarding schools".
"I look forward to seeing Modern Family through to the end and then, sale or no sale, setting up shop elsewhere", he said.
Of Carlson's comments, MacFarlane tweeted, "In other words, don't think critically, don't consult multiple news sources, and in general, don't use your brain". Specifically, they are unhappy with the famously conservative 24-hour cable news channel's support of the Trump administration's zero tolerance police regarding immigrant families at the U.S. -Mexico border, which has resulted in thousands of children being put in detention centers. Who has a movie, TV show, sporting event, news show at Fox?
Levitan had tweeted earlier that he was "disgusted" to work for the company. MacFarlane's tweet prompted Apatow, who once produced comedies for 20th Century Fox TV, to call upon Fox showrunners and actors to boycott the "propaganda arm of this evil administration".
This outrage at 20th Century Fox has resonated with other similar-minded producers who have programs running on the company, including Steve Levitan, creator of Modern Family, which airs on ABC but is produced by Fox Television. "How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?"