The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is sticking up for Seth
MacFarlane and citing artistic freedom against charges that the comedian's stint
as Oscar host was sexist.
Slate's Dana Stevens branded as misogynist MacFarlane's
opening song "We Saw Your Boobs" and his quips about Chris Brown's abusive
relationship with Rihanna. On Tuesday, those charges intensified after two
California legislators, Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and Sen. Hannah-Beth
Jackson, sent a letter to Academy President Hawk Koch condemning the host's
performance and asking the group to be more careful in the future.
"From topical jabs about domestic violence to singing about 'boobs' during a
film's rape scene, Seth MacFarlane crossed the line from humor to misogyny," the
"In a world where women have historically faced challenges and obstacles when
it comes to their portrayal in popular culture, Sunday evening was a setback for
women fighting hard to gain appropriate respect as contributors in this industry
and society and general," they added.
But the Academy did not agree with their assessment.
"If the Oscars are about anything, they're about creative freedom," an
Academy spokeswoman said in a statement to TheWrap. "We think the show's
producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and host Seth MacFarlane did a great job
and we hope our worldwide audience found the show entertaining."
MacFarlane, who is the creator of "Ted" and "Family Guy," is known for
pushing the envelope when it comes to jokes about race and sexism in his shows
and movies. He was brought in by the Academy in an effort to broaden the show's
appeal to younger viewers.
Lowenthal and Jackson are both Democrats and co-chair the California State
Legislative Women's Caucus. Their offices did not immediately respond to request
for comment about the Academy's response.
As for MacFarlane, don't look for him to return as Oscar emcee again.
On Twitter, the host
responded to questions about whether he would host for a second time by writing,
"No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though."
From a woman.... Seth MacFarlane was hysterical!!! Loved the show. Was not offended. If an actress is ashamed of baring her beast on screen, then she SHOULD NOT do it. Grow up!! Stop being such a "woman." Your giving us a bad rap!
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