Seth MacFarlane's Oscars: Hilarious or Hurtful?

This past weekend, Seth MacFarlane hosted the Academy Awards. When his reviews came in, they were less about whether he was a good or bad host, and more about whether or not he was a good or bad person.

MacFarlane told many self-deprecating jokes, but he also made a point of going after women, homosexuals, Jewish people and foreigners. MacFarlane’s performance at the Academy Awards should not have been shocking. Those are the types of jokes MacFarlane is famous for doing.

Even though he’s not my cup of tea, MacFarlane is totally allowed to make those jokes. It’s called freedom of speech. People are also allowed to find his jokes funny. There’s this tricky thing about freedom, you see. If you believe that everyone deserves a voice and that everyone deserves to have their own opinion, you also believe that people have a right to be stupid, mean, offensive, grotesque, disgusting, misogynistic, racist and any other hateful thing they want to be.

Seth MacFarlane has the same right to sing a song about boobs as I do to write an essay about Jeremy Renner’s butt. I mean, one of the reasons I write silly odes to Jeremy Renner’s butt or Channing Tatum’s abs or Aaron Tveit’s everything is because we live in a culture that has historically sexualized women as objects and denied women the right to sexualize men in return. So, when I do it, I feel like I’m leveling the playing field and when MacFarlane does it, it feels to many like he’s just continuing the age-old saga that men are people and women are objects to be controlled.

But, fair’s fair, guys…

It sucks. I know it sucks when a comic makes jokes that only target people and groups that are oppressed. It can feel like bullying and straight up bullying isn’t only unfunny, it’s also inhumane. I know. It sucks. It sucks. It sucks.

Oscar night was also marked by a faux pas from The Onion, a popular satirical website, which posted a tweet that referred to Quvenzhane Wallis as a c-word. They have since apologized for it, sparking some really smart dialogue from comedians who try to explain why the Onion’s joke was potentially benign in tone and writers explaining why the tweet was really about the insidiousness of racism and sexism.

The only thing I want to say on this is comedy is subjective and that satire is really, really, really hard to get right. I know from experience. Years ago, I did a character bit that was intended to be a satire of gossip columnists and the end result is far from a great piece of satire. It’s just video after video of me saying horrible things about celebrities. Did I mean any of those things? No. I meant to make fun of the kind of person who would say such things, and not to make fun of the celebrities themselves. Does it look like that was my intention? Not at all. Why? Because I was a baby comedian which means there was no context for what I was doing–the audience didn’t know me well enough to know it was an act I was putting on–and because as a baby comedian, only a third of my jokes actually landed.

What I’m getting at is that sometimes the offensive joke wasn’t meant to be offensive. It was just meant to be a joke. And if the joke doesn’t land, it can come off as being just offensive.

Sometimes an offensive joke really was intended to be flat out cruel and offensive. Other times, it was just misguided comedy writing.

MacFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs” song, for instance? Ignoring the fact that the actresses rolling their eyes in the audience were pre-taped and in on the joke, the song was initially set up as proof of MacFarlane’s comedic inadequacies. If the song had been taken off air ten seconds into the “We Saw Your Boobs!” refrain, the punchline would have been that MacFarlane is a sexist idiot who doesn’t get that a song about boobs isn’t funny. However, by playing the whole song through, that punchline was completely lost. It made it seem like MacFarlane and the producers of the show still thought the song was funny enough to be in an Oscar monologue, and I personally think that was their big comedy writing mistake.

Well, including references to scenes where women were raped was also a big mistake.

I’m not trying to defend MacFarlane or The Onion. MacFarlane’s a big boy and The Onion’s written by big boys and big girls who make their own creative choices. They succeed and suffer accordingly.

I’m also not really interested in getting mad at MacFarlane or the Onion or any of the comedians who go up every night and sometimes get it wrong.

I’m angry because for every person who was offended by these jokes, there were even more laughing.

A lot of people who watched the Academy Awards this past weekend thought MacFarlane hit it out of the park. They saw nothing wrong in sexualizing women who were performing in rape scenes. They saw nothing wrong with MacFarlane’s xenophobic intro for Salma Hayek that mocked not only her, but also Spanish stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem simply for not claiming English as their native tongue.

Maybe there isn’t anything wrong. Maybe those are just jokes. But comedians who do politically incorrect humor only rise to international stardom because society lets them. If the majority decides that the best comedy is sexist or racist in tone, what does that say about our society?

It says that our society is still sexist and still racist.

If we lived in a world where everyone was treated with respect and not judged on their gender, race, social class, nationality or sexuality, then guess what? Jokes that mocked people because of those things would never be funny because they wouldn’t make any sense, and comedians who told those jokes couldn’t have a career.

As an audience we have the power to tell the comedians when something’s not funny. It’s called dead silence.

Seth MacFarlane can be who he wants to be. The Onion can tweet what they want. They have that freedom.

We have to decide to want to be a better culture first and foremost.

Then, maybe we can all finally be in on the same joke.

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  • Kerry Winfrey

    Love this post, Meghan. Well said!

  • Giliah Nagar

    very well said, but about freedom of speech:
    this was an oscars performance. the producers didn’t have to approve his script because of “freedom of speech” and could have rejected those jokes.

    nobody is saying that the types of things he said were illegal (i don’t think?)
    so it’s not really relevant to talk about his “right” to say these things. his jokes were disgusting, racist, sexist, etc, etc etc but totally a reflection of American society, so it makes sense. The hosts, the academy, the audience, the winners, are pretty much all male so when you televise a sausage fest live, don’t be surprised by the jokes.

  • Ramou Sarr

    I was with you until you got to freedom of speech and the 1st Amendment. This isn’t a 1st Amendment issue, and I think the fact that a lot of us evoke it in discussions like this means that a lot of us don’t really know what it means. The 1st Amendment protects you from being prosecuted by the government, but it doesn’t protect you from me, or from losing your job, or from being subject to public scrutiny. The FBI isn’t coming for Seth MacFarlane (but ohmygod what a story that would be, huh?)

    The dissent being so loud here is incredibly significant, even if I’m not necessarily one who agrees with it. Very publicly and very loudly saying that this isn’t funny is part of that process of changing to be a better culture, like you mentioned. Remaining silent on it isn’t going to change how we talk about women or people of color or what we consider to be funny. Absolutely, The Onion and MacFarlane have the right to say whatever the hell they want, but people also have a right to say that it’s not OK. Public dissent and protest is exactly what cultivates change.

    • Dani Rae Garcia

      And I couldn’t agree more…”freedom of speech” does not mean freedom from reprocessing and criticism.

    • Dani Rae Garcia

      Repercussions not reprocessing

  • Tricia Oliver

    I think the criticism of MacFarlane needs in some part to be placed with the Academy. They chose him, (presumably) approved his material, and could have asked him to remove jokes or gone with a different host entirely. They chose him intentionally for his comedic reputation and to appeal to a younger audience. MacFarlane is ultimately responsible for the words that he speaks, but he didn’t give himself access to 40 million viewers.

    • Alicia Nicole

      You do realize that he was reading from a teleprompter, right? The Academy controls the whole show & that includes what the host says. They had every opportunity to edit what he was going to say & they chose not to.

      • Tricia Oliver

        Yes, that’s exactly what I was saying :-)

  • Dani Rae Garcia

    As you stated how many times do women objectify men? I see a ton of shirtless half naked men being oogled daily on my newsfeed. If its ok for women it’s ok for men too. Just because men abused it in the past doesn’t mean a damn thing in the present. If they can we can and vice versa. If they can’t then we can’t, simple as that, we don’t get reparations and special treatment if what we want is true equality and I think many women lose sight of that. We want equality but we still demand the chivalry and acceptance of the damsel in distress syndrome. Either it’s ok for everyone or its ok for nobody. And I think people’s “freedoms” were set in line for a different class of people. People who didn’t abuse it by singing about tots and calling nine year olds nasty names. We have turned a privilege (and that’s really what our freedoms are people. They aren’t absolute as much as wed like to think…and if they were rights EVERY human would have them…not just Americans…or certain Americans I should say) into a right and we have taken advantage of it. It’s time it stops. Seth McFarlane is wrong but he was also in the right according to the society we have set into motion.

    • Barthel Zieba

      Thank you for pointing out the whole “objectify” thing. A well know gossip blog asks the “would you hit it” question about male celebs on a regular basis and last week a comment said “I’d bang him like an open door in a hurricane” – and all the girls thought that was funny (it is!). Post such a comment as a man about a hot girl and you’re a pig. And I couldn’t say all those things women said about Taylor Lautner when he was underage about – let’s say – Kendall Jenner, without beeing called a perv or worse. In this gossip blog, a lot of women call Channing Tatum Charming Potato and think he’s hot but dumb and doable but nothing more. I can imagine, that he feels about such comments as a woman would do.

      • Dani Rae Garcia

        Precisely…women (and men) need to realize its an even playing field no matter which side your goal is on.

        • Lauren Travers Foxworth

          UGH yes! Being a modern feminist ( and i kinda hate to use that term) is realizing that we are all equally witty and strong. If you can dish it you have to take it. That is what equality is about.
          Especially when the only thing that i can think was offensive was that maybe the skit wasn’t right for the oscars. It really didnt have anything to do with the Oscars. But to me the subject was not in the slightest bit offensive.

  • Elissa Muniz

    I don’t like MacFarlane, at all. I think his shows are stupid, because they are ALL the same, except he changes skin colors on the characters. I don’t find that creative, nor funny. I wanted to record the Oscars, in case I wasn’t home, but the host they chose this year, pff, not worth of my time. I really wish the Academy had a better judgement on choosing the host for the show, and most importantly, have had the respect for all the people involved in the “jokes”

    • Amanda Melissa Aldous

      That’s kind of how I feel. I’m personally not his biggest fan, but I have laughed at some of his shows etc. However, just because he gets a lot of laughs doesn’t really make him the best candidate for hosting the Academy Awards… Nothing can be done about it now, but I wish the producers of the show had considered that. Especially with the incredibly diverse slate of movies that were being recognized this year, it is incredible that so many of them were nominated when they don’t necessarily appeal to the masses. But the Oscars award show doesn’t need to be risque by having a sometimes offensive host…

  • Dani Rae Garcia

    Besides we forget the fact that these women he sang about were consenting adults who showed their breasts in a movie that thousands would see. They knew the repercussions. The scrutiny they’d be under, the fan fics and YouTube videos that would ensue. If they weren’t ok with that then they had every right not to show their breasts as well.

    • Jessica Jeffers

      This is a tricky argument for me. I mean, sure they can say they don’t want to be topless but I think many young actresses feel obligated to or as if saying no will hurt their career.

      • Dani Rae Garcia

        Sorry but I don’t buy that for a second. Look at Jennifer Lawrence, Emma stone, Meryl Streep etc. all actresses that are great and sexy without showing their boobs on tv. I could name more but you get my point. No one forced their hand and no one forced them to take off their clothes. Simple as that. The actresses did as they chose and whether they justified it by saying “I have to” or “but the money” is on them. No one else.

        • Jessica Jeffers

          I don’t mean to imply that all women are being held at a metaphorical gunpoint to flash the audience. I’ve heard interviews with actresses who say that they regret once going topless only after they’ve been around for a while. There are also actresses who are like, “Yeah, I did it. I thought it was tasteful and I’m not ashamed. Why should I be?” I think both perspectives are perfectly valid and I’m not trying to make a commentary on boobs in movies. I’m just hesitant to say that they ALL know the repercussions.

          • Jessica Jeffers

            Young people can be naive and I’m sure there are SOME directors/producers/whatever who take advantage.

            • Dani Rae Garcia

              Naive or not they still were not forced. If ignorance isn’t an excuse in other areas it shouldn’t be one here. I think it takes common sense to think “hey if I show my boobs this might happen.” Regret is also on them, just like a two people who consent to sex…just cos one regrets it later doesn’t make it a rape. You have the right in the moment and during to say no. Afterwards though you have made your bed.

    • Orianna Morales

      First of all the song was specifically concerning those that did and did not show their breasts. Secondly, as Bill Shatner pointed out, almost ominously, it was indeed not necessary. I doubt highly he will be back and I am astonished how you say they as if they weren’t women. Or that you weren’t including yourself in this group because you’re not a highly paid actress. They may have consented as you imply; however, they don’t represent us.

  • Sarah Mihalus

    He is the highest paid television writer in the business and that makes me want to sob into my Arrested Development DVDs.

  • Leslie Ricci

    Honestly, he was asked to do the job and he did. All of his jokes, etc are just like the things in all of his popular shows. Also he produced Ted…. That is all that needs to be said. I thought his nouvelle song was amazing. Everyone needs to lighten up and stop being offended. He was not discriminatory in any way as he made fun of everyone. It seems as though people forget that ans only remember the oppressed groups that were poked fun at.

  • Lauren Travers Foxworth

    I think as women we should be able to laugh at ourselves. Seth Macfarlane makes fun of EVERYONE, he doesnt just poke fun of women.
    I think there is nothing stronger than a woman who can hold her head up high and laugh and take a joke. I don’t think there was anything to get huffy and puffy about.

    • Kerry Winfrey

      A woman should be allowed to express her opinion without being accused of being “huffy and puffy” or not being able to “take a joke.”

      • Jessica Jeffers

        Comments like yours, Kerry, make me miss the little heart buttons the most.

        • Rachel Pody Allen

          I know. i miss the heart buttons too.

      • Lauren Travers Foxworth

        expressing your opinion is great, but were you personally offended by anything he said? Probably not.

        • Orianna Morales

          Making assumptions about our gender is precisely the problem. Yes, we were. Problem?

          • Lauren Travers Foxworth

            The only thing he said in his song was ” we saw your boobs” and then a movie the actresses were in. He didnt say anything hurtful to the women, he didnt say they were saggy or small or ugly. He was simply stating a fact, we saw your boobs. How can this be hurtful to women (not talking about the actresses) when they chose to show their boobs? If those actresses felt comfortable & strong enough to show them in their movies why is it a big deal for us to talk about them? Especially when nothing negative was said?

          • Lauren Travers Foxworth

            Also, by saying yes “we” were. You are generalizing and lumping women into the same category. Not once did i speak for all women, i spoke for myself. Please when stating your opinion do the same.

      • Orianna Morales


  • Irma Gutierrez Sanchez

    I thought he was brilliant. Your review is predominantly negative toward his performances. I enjoyed the Academy Awards thoroughly, he was hilarious and classy. I specially liked his last number. It is all staged, and they wanted everything he threw at them. There is no point in some viewers actually getting offended.

    The boobs song? I hope it goes viral. Those actresses were paid to show them, and he probably just helped them (their movies) make even more money.

    Get off your high horse.

    • Orianna Morales

      Wow Irma, do you say that to your daughters or nieces? Funny how desensitization separates women who should be on the same side. By the way, the Oscars aren’t a comedy show. It’s an awards show. Get a clue.

  • Samantha Poste Johanson

    Honestly, there is a problem with our current society and everyone always getting offended by everything! We can’t have certain celebrations in schools because it will offend someone! We can’t wear our hair a certain color at work, it may offend someone. Some stuff legit, some stuff downright ridiculous!

    And yes, sometimes people get offended with comedy. I just recently watched a video about a comedian who interviewed the Westboro Church protesters. It was hilarious! Yes, some of the questions and comments the comedian asked the protesters was on a fine line, but you know what, he was trying to make a serious situation funny and show how ridiculous those people are.

    While all of MacFarlane’s jokes weren’t funny, and yes some offensive, do really need to nitpick everything he said? Look at SNL, how many times and for how many years now have they ran a skit that could offend someone? They take that chance, it’s comedy, it’s supposed to make us look within ourselves, no matter what our nationality is, genetic make-up etc. is have a good laugh at the cost of who we are.

    Of course the “Boob” song was ridiculous and stupid, that is how MacFarlane has always been, have you seen Family Guy? It’s supposed to shock you and make you laugh at the same time.

    Even if he and the writers (you know he’s not soley responsible for all of it right, there are other writers, producers, etc. who see all this stuff ahead of time) didn’t make the best choices (some were damn good you have to admit), we have to admit some of it was funny.

    I think we need to all stop getting so offended by every little thing. There is too much in life to worry about than to worry about everything a comedian like MacFarlane has to say at an award show that is meant to be entertaining and not take down any one race, gender, etc. We need to lighten up!

    • Natalie Burke

      I could not agree more Samantha! Here here!

      I find it hard to understand the point of this article. Some serious First World whinging. You should stick to writing about Jeremy Renner’s butt, because you’re out of your element here.

      These things exist no matter if people are making jokes about it or not. This utopia you speak of where “society” doesn’t find these jokes that find the funny side about these FACTS OF LIFE is somewhere I wouldn’t want to live.

      As a woman, your article makes me cringe! I’m not the biggest MacFarlane fan but I’m even less of a fan of your faux-liberal-empty-headed nonsense. There’s this horrible trend of women patting each other on the back and deluding themselves into thinking that just because of their gender they can dish out sh*t about bigotry.

      I like my humour dark. The darker the better. This article is offensive to me. As it perpetuates the stereotype that all women are humourless b!tches and cannot take a joke!

      • Jessica Jeffers

        Personally, I wasn’t offended by most of the jokes. I mostly thought they weren’t funny, but didn’t think they were overly sexist. However, the fact that people respond to women who were offended by saying things like, “Women are humorless and need to learn to take a joke” makes me very angry. People have the right to find something offensive and they have the right to express that. I think the bigger point in this article is “Why do jokes have to be divisive to be funny and what does this say about our culture?”

    • Lauren Travers Foxworth

      well said!!!

    • Orianna Morales

      Thankfully not everyone agrees. Why didn’t he say the word penis too?

  • Jaime Hammer

    I’m getting tired and annoyed with all of these articles about Seth MacFarlane being the host of The Oscars. This is at least the third one I’ve read. What did people expect of the man who writes Family Guy, American Dad, etcetera? Those are just the kind of jokes he makes, and a lot of people, including many women, find them funny. I’m not a huge fan of him, but I like some of his stuff and I laughed at several of his jokes at The Oscars. He was asked to host it and he did his job. And he obviously wasn’t the only one in on his jokes. Someone approved them, so if people want to blame someone, why isn’t the person who approved his jokes getting any blame? I don’t think that anyone is to blame in this situation. In the end, someone is always going to get offended by someone else’s jokes or writing or TV shows or whatever. If he had played it safe just to keep people from being offended then his jokes probably wouldn’t have been funny to ANYONE. And then people who like his comedy probably would have gotten offended. I believe that we live in a society where everyone is extremely high strung and easily offended, and in my opinion that is the problem, not MacFarlane’s jokes. Don’t get me wrong, I also believe that people should stand up for their rights and their beliefs, but MacFarlane’s jokes didn’t threaten anyone’s rights or beliefs, and he certainly didn’t single-handedly set back anyone’s rights 50 years. They were harmless jokes that some people didn’t find funny and some people did. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing worth being debated over for several days after The Oscars.

    • Jessica Jeffers

      The “what did people expect from the creator of Family Guy” argument really bothers me. The people who are upset about his jokes didn’t sign off on his role as host. They probably often find his other shows offensive.

      I didn’t find it so much offensive as I found it just not funny, Knowing ahead of time that he’s probably going to be offensive doesn’t mean that the offense is softened.

      • Dani Rae Garcia

        The moment you saw he was host is the moment you had the right to turn off your tv or change the channel. No one forced you to watch it. Just like no one forces you to watch anything else you don’t approve of.

        • Jessica Jeffers

          There’s going to be somebody offended by everything that happens in the world and a lot of it is pretty silly. But they should feel they have the right to speak up about being offended because if they can’t, it’s leading towards a slippery slope.

          If I don’t like something, I’ll change the channel and I’d like to think that’s true of most people. But knowing something is going to be mean, racist, or offensive doesn’t make it any less mean, racist, or offensive. Knowing that someone is always going to be offended doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t stop and think about your words and your actions. And it doesn’t mean you get a free pass to say whatever you want and expect people not to be upset. Dismissing people by saying “what did you expect” stifles productive conversation.

        • Orianna Morales

          As I mentioned to another poster, we paid in advance without the knowing. Plus artists are being rewarded here. Thankfully and I am making sure of this, Seth like Ricky Gervais, won’t return.

      • Orianna Morales

        Good call.

    • Rachel Pody Allen

      I completely agree with you “what did people expect” comment. The academy knew what they were getting when the asked him to do the show, and someone approved the jokes because He was being prompted all night about the jokes coming up. truthfully if anyone should be mad at anyone lets look at the academy. they agreed that this was ok. And I get that people who were offended did not pick him. However, a lot can be said for turning your head from a train wreck. There were tons of people watching it so if you don’t like what is happening turn it out and look up the speeches later. that speaks more volumes than the discussion after the fact.

  • Jessica Jeffers

    “If the song had been taken off air ten seconds into the “We Saw Your Boobs!” refrain, the punchline would have been that MacFarlane is a sexist idiot who doesn’t get that a song about boobs isn’t funny. However, by playing the whole song through, that punchline was completely lost.”

    This is the most important thing, I think. It was framed as “It would be awful if you did this” and then he went ahead and he did it, in its entirety. It felt like they wanted to sing a song about boobs and still have the cover of calling it ironic.

  • Alexandra Barlow

    I think he was great, but then kind of disappeared and blended in too much as the show continued.

  • Kevin Bulger

    ALMOST everyone offended are democrats… SNL makes these jokes they are funny. If a girl made the jokes its funny….If a guy makes the jokes that tickle an immature part of a person, hes a sexist piece of garbage. Has anyone complaining seen family guy by any chance? This is what he does and he is famous and making a lot of money because people find it funny. There is not an ounce of sexist, racist, and whatever else here…. People complaining or overly sensitive and looking for something to complain about. 20 years ago people weren’t this sensitive and whinny….This couture has gotten very wimpy and petty. If you don’t like the jokes… don’t watch or pay attention to the people known for them.

    • Amy Howell

      I am a democrat and I loved Seth McFarlane’s performance (and him in general) was hilarious… Not all Dem’s are super uptight and PC…

      • Kevin Bulger

        thats why I said Almost… I know a few democrats that can have a good time and enjoy a moment for what it is.

      • Orianna Morales

        Challenging sexism is not being uptight. Do you take your equality for granted then?

    • Ramou Sarr

      Yeah! If you don’t like racism and sexism, just don’t pay attention to it! RIGHT ON, MAN!

      • Orianna Morales

        Typical ignorant reply. Let me tell you how this works. The Oscars are vaguely like the Super Bowl. It is an awards show. So you’re saying that artists shouldn’t defy inappropriate behavior if it’s part of the show versus say commercials? Is that what you tell your partner and or children?

    • Tara Sue

      democrats dont like him….really….really…have u seen his shows, They r very 2 the left & I’m pretty sure he is democrat & most ppl who watch his shows r democrats. Ppl r mad cuz he is just more in ur face w/ no sugar coating @ all. The Academy knew this going in & they got wh@ they payed 4.. But my question is. wh@ does politics have 2 do with not liking him. I thought he did great & I laugh the whole time & I”m pretty sure “We Saw Your Boobs” I almost cried laughing. but we all know th@ ppl where gonna say he took it 2 far. Not because they r right or left, because a lot of ppl don’t have th@ sense of humor. & if ppl don’t know his comedy well then they prob didnt know he is joking or was worry th@ lil kids where watching (he’s not kid friendly) Dont try 2 color code this blue & red. It makes u look bad.

    • Orianna Morales

      Wow Kevin that actually is not true. But hey keep the delusion alive.

    • Lauren Travers Foxworth

      Although i completely agree with i think to bring politics and say the offended are democrats is a bit strange. I was not in the slightest offended and i am a democrat.

  • Laura Fred Michael

    I don’t care what anyone says,I thought Seth was perfect!

  • Melanie Schmitz

    I’ll admit that I found his Christopher Plummer/”Sound of Music” bit pretty hilarious.

    “Sir! Sir! …They’ve gone!”


  • Kevin Bulger

    BTW…. anyone here see New Girl featuring our favorite musician/actress/ female on the planet?? She made a sexist joke the other night… apparently for all those who are upset at Seth didn’t notice it coming out of a beautiful woman’s mouth… She said and I quote ” I’m getting that mouth on my mouth and don’t you try to stop me……What am I going to do? I GUESS I’LL JUST HAVE TO USE MY EYES, HAIR, BOOBS, LEGS, AND ADORABLE PERSONALITY, :::giggles::: fool”…. The people overly sensitive to Seth’s jokes need to bash New Girl as well because the comment makes women a sexual object and not a human being with feelings…. Misery can always find the negative in a comment… positive people find the good in the same comment.

    • Dani Rae Garcia

      I couldn’t agree more. I love me some Zooey but its the whole concept of if she can say it so can he.

      • Jaime Hammer

        Totally agree with you two! Equality is equality. We can’t just pick and choose when we want men and women to be equal and say that men can’t do this because it’s offensive but it’s funny when women do it.

        • Orianna Morales

          Actually we can. Desensitization is a choice. And I guarantee you Seth won’t be back.

    • Hilary June

      How is that a sexist joke? (side note, I think the words sexist and racist are way overused. Both mean to treat somebody differently, generally negatively, because of their gender or race. Ugh.)

      That joke was saying how stupid/visual men are. Women can get pretty much whatever they want if they own their sexuality and use it to get things from men. That’s not saying women CAN’T do things other ways, it’s just saying that men think with their genitals and hell yes, strong liberated ladies, use it to your advantage!

      • Orianna Morales

        Wow, you missed the boat there. Placing value on breasts for entertainment is part of what sexism is.

  • Sarah North Youle

    You get what you pay for. Whoever hired Seth McFarlane to host wasn’t expecting cutesy sucking up to the nominees/winners. He did what he is famed for doing, what he has made his name doing. Whether it is right or wrong is another story. Personally, I think including references to scenes where women were raped was the majorly offensive incident.

    Anything else mentioned? That’s Seth McFarlane. Vote with your remote, if you don’t like him, switch off.

    • Dani Rae Garcia

      The fact that he included those scenes is irrelevant. It was acting not the real thing. And he didn’t say “haha you were raped” he said “haha we saw your boobs in a movie.”

    • Orianna Morales

      We shouldn’t have to. I live in Hollywood and went to see quality movies. The Oscars is and always has been about rewarding great films. So no, I vote with my dollar and feel that I and many women were shortchanged. Easy to be smug when the Oscars are only a year. Compare MacFarlane to Carson, Berle and Leno even. Big diff.

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