The 'ALF' controversy: To care or not to care?
Image Credit: Everett CollectionOn the one hand, the Interwebs have been all in a tizzy of late about a leaked gag reel from that paragon of 1980s sitcom excellence, ALF, in which the title
puppet alien life form partakes in some ribald shenanigans with the cast and crew before dropping the N-word in a not-so-funny riff on Tourette’s syndrome (he’s doing a spoof of an old LA Law episode). TMZ even got actor John LaMotta — a.k.a. prying neighbor Trevor Ochmonek — to admit today in reaction to the video that “ALF was a piece of s–––. Worst work I ever did.”
On the other hand, associate producer Steve Lamar also told TMZ, “You’re talking about 20 years ago when the world was not so ridiculously PC. Anyone that’s offended needs to lighten up already.”
So: Offensive? No big deal? Piece of s—? Or, perhaps, an offensive piece of s— that’s no big deal? Check out the obviously NSFW video below (the N-words show up at the 4:40 mark), and decide for yourself: