Comedian Drew Michael re-released an animated video titled “9/11 Gay Dad” on Thursday just in time for the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, and possibly winning the race for the most offensive cartoon ever. Co-created with Junior Stopka, the YouTube video says the cartoon is a trailer for an animated series of the same title about a single gay father and his adopted son, Nathan, living in suburban America. The twist is, the gay father isn’t exactly a person- he’s a 9/11, visually represented as twin towers on fire, with a plane crashed into his head. Occasionally a tiny person will jump off the top of his head, plunging presumably to his death. 9/11 also bears a strong resemblance to SpongeBob SquarePants or at least takes style tips from him.
Michael had released an earlier version of the video in 2015, on 9/11, but the video was taken down by YouTube over a dispute surrounding ownership of the images with a former collaborator.
Drew explained a bit about the concept on his podcast, “I Might Be Wrong” last September. “Junior [Stopka] and I came up with it over 2 years ago and it legitimately has made me laugh every step of the way,” he said. He added, “It’s really something I believe in.” During the September, 2015 podcast he promised 9/11 Gay Dad would rise again. “There’s some 9/11 pun to be made there, and I don’t care to because it’s disrespectful to the fallen. I don’t know why that’s funny to me, but it is. It’s just a funny thing. I think I talked about that last time, ’bout how horrible shit is funny. It’s just funny. I’m sorry, I’m not sorry, but it’s funny.”
The characters are voiced by Drew Michael, and Neal Temota.
Michael, who is known for his dark comedy, just aired his first special as part of the Comedy Central Half Hour last weekend. It’s a great half hour, and it’s available now on demand. He also debuted his new album, “Funny to Death” this past week.