October 14, 2013 - submitted by Anna Maria, Thailand

Q. Hey Oracle! I recently came across a clip from a Family Guy episode (I think it's a sort of The Simpsons spinoff...) and the character said "I got kicked out of Coldplay" and it showed a clip of him and a cartoon version of Chris, Will, Guy and Jonny, and the character said "Hey guys, why don't we write a song that's not whiny bullcrap?"??? What is this madness!? How on earth did the producers get permission to say something like that?! I'm sorry, Oracle, but I am very upset about this. And I am never going to watch Family Guy. (It should be Family Guy Berryman! :) )

The Oracle replies:

Don't be upset - it's called freedom of speech. Just see it as artistic license. There have been far worse things said about people on that show and that's not the only time Coldplay have come under fire.
Though I also don't like the derogatory comments about the band, (fiercely loyal, proud and defensive) Family Guy is still one of my favourite shows.
It is not a spin off by the way. It's of far more adult content and nothing to do with The Simpsons. Family Guy was created by Seth MacFarlane many years after Matt Groening created The Simpsons.
FYI Coldplay have made a guest appearance in The Simpsons.