Is it just me, or was Seth MacFarlane a real boob at the Oscars?
The host of the 85th Annual Academy Awards struck the wrong note with me — and not to mention celebrity audience members inside the Dolby Theatre on Sunday — with jokes that seemed sexist, racist and homophobic.
The Family Guy and Ted creator, 39, performed a song entitled We Saw Your Boobs, calling out Oscar winners Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie, plus nominees Naomi Watts and Jennifer Lawrence for exposing their breasts on the big screen.
As the cameras panned to the audience, both Theron, 37, and Watts, 44, looked visibly upset by his seemingly sexist musical number.
Was there any mention of men who exposed their bits and pieces on the big screen? Nope.
For his big finish, the “funnyman” distanced himself with the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus behind him, stating, “Just so you know, I’m not actually a member of that chorus, I was just joining in at the end there.”
And the digs didn’t stop there.
“Our next two presenters, at least one is honest about being a former exotic dancer,” he said to introduce Channing Tatum and Jennifer Aniston.
While introducing Salma Hayek, I couldn’t help but notice the racist and sexist undertones.
“We have finally reached the point in the ceremony where either Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz or Salma Hayek comes onstage and we have no idea what they’re saying — but we don’t care, because they’re so attractive,” MacFarlane said.
Salma did not appear amused.
And here’s a sampling of some more of MacFarlane’s quotes during Hollywood’s biggest night.
- “And those of you who gave yourselves the flu two weeks ago to ‘get there’? It paid off,” he said of the thin women in the room.
- “The film was a triumph and also a celebration of every woman’s innate ability to never ever let anything go,” on Zero Dark Thirty and its real-life character Maya (Jessica Chastain).
- “I would argue the actor who really got inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth,” he said of Lincoln.
- “The first time I saw him with all that dark facial hair I thought, my god, the Kardashians have finally made the jump to film,” he said of Ben Affleck’s beard.
Hey I’m all for freedom of speech and a good laugh, but MacFarlane’s jokes really rubbed me the wrong way.
From the wise cracks about Jews cutting non-Jews out of Hollywood, to highlighting women who have exposed their breasts in films, to stating there’s no need to understand a word Salma Hayek says through her Spanish accent because she’s so darn attractive are downright offensive.
Regardless of a perfect punchline, jokes that perpetuate stereotypes against groups of people are hateful. Humor has the power to act as the greatest therapy, helping us escape from our troubles and worries. But when humor is rooted in bigotry, it only causes hurt and the perpetual cycle of discrimination.
One would think hatred and bigotry would not be celebrated on Hollywood’s biggest night.
What did you think of MacFarlane’s jokes? Offensive or funny?