California Lawmakers Join Chorus Of Oscarcast Complaints

The Academy leadership may have felt pretty good about the Oscars’ boost in ratings over the 2012 and 2011 ceremonies, but plenty of other folks weren’t too happy with Seth MacFarlane’s hosting. California Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, both Democrats who lead the Legislature’s women’s caucus, have written Academy President Hawk Koch and requested that the organization disavow MacFarlane’s behavior. “On Oscar night, when Hollywood seeks to honor its best, Seth MacFarlane’s monologue reduced our finest female actresses to caricatures and stereotypes, degrading women as a whole and the filmmaking industry itself,” the lawmakers wrote. “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.” Author and award-winning creator of HBO’s Girls Lena Dunham wasn’t pleased either. In tweets she suggested that critics who claim Anne Hathaway hurt the feminist “cause” should save their “bad attitudes for the ones who aren’t advancing the cause” who “aren’t always, or mostly, women. Case in point: I saw your boobs“.

Related: Nikki Finke’s 2013 Oscars Live Snark

MacFarlane wasn’t the only source of complaints. The always closely watched “In Memorium” homage to people who have died over the past always leaves people out. This year’s omissions from the online supplemental list as well as the broadcast included Latina character actress Lupe Ontiveros, who died in July. The National Hispanic Media Coalition protested Ontiveros’ omission from the In Memoriam as well as the fact that she somehow was not a member of the Academy.

Whether the complaints were against him or something else, MacFarlane declared a repeat performance wasn’t in the cardsAsked on Twitter if he would host the Oscars again, he replied, “No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though.”

  1. Ugh. Not a fan of McFarlane, but an even lesser fan of Dunham. She needs to get over herself and so does Hollywood.

    1. It’s nice to see that all of California’s problems have been solved and that their elected officials can spend their time stopping the evil Seth MacFarlane. These people are a joke.

    1. I wouldn’t even go so far as to call it an awards show.

      It was a TV variety special – that’s all.

      Let’s call a spade a spade.

  2. The truly sad thing is, MacFarlane probably doesn’t think he did anything wrong. I suppose he believes it’s OK to be as crude and sexist as possible, as long as you say “it was just a joke” afterwards.

    1. You people on the left have absolutely no sense of humor and your priorities are totally screwed. The politically correct crowd raise their ire on “boobs” while turning its collective backs on the excessive use of expletives used by many comics. Rap artists and sex-tape divas are treated like royalty while much of their wealth is derived from much more egregious anti-social messages and behavior. We are sick of all of you…. Next year the academy should hire Don Rickles

    1. Agreed, sexism aside, Seth took the Oscars and sullied the entire thing. He made it his own personal play toy. The oscars wanted to be “hip” and “cool” well, that’s what happens when you try to take a tradition and make it “catchy”.

  3. Seth’s a billionaire from Family Guy. I wonder if he laughs on his bed made out of Benjamin Franklins. Who gives a crap?

    1. “joining the chorus of complaints..” these people are complete F**king losers that need to get real jobs, seriously pathetic parasites walking the Earth. Everyone loved the show; I haven’t laughed that hard since The Hangover.

      1. 100 per cent agree! I wasn’t shocked or dismayed by MacFarlane hosting which I found to be charming and delightful and entertaining and FUNNY ! I AM shocked and dismayed by these ‘holier than thou’ people who are tearing it apart …. and Lena Dunham dared to comment as well? !! THAT was a shocker! It’s an Awards show !! And yet the CA Legislature’s Women’s Caucus has nothing better to do than to lodge a complaint with the Academy? For real??!!! This all falls under the catagory of “people who have nothing better to do than to find fault and lodge protests against the most inconsequential things “.

  4. I don’t understand how people are surprised by Seth MacFarlane’s material from last Sunday. You hire a man who is known for years and years of offensive, juvenile humor, guess what you’re going to get? Stop acting so shocked, people.

    1. I was on the fence as to whether or not I was going to watch the show this year. I tuned in at the top of the show and his opening monologue was funny enough to keep me around. I caught a promise in there that he was going to continue with his brand of humor throughout the show. I was disappointed there wasn’t more of it to be honest. Sure some of his jokes cross the line, but more often than not, it’s some kind of surprise is what makes me laugh.

  5. As a progressive Californian, I can’t believe, given all that is going on in our state and in the world, our lawmakers are wasting their time with this. Whether MacFarlane was funny and charming (my take, along with many) or purile and offensive (certainly the take of many others), this whipped up froth of hysteria over a few jokes on a one time a year show is ridiculous. If these two lawmakers want to make a difference in the lives of women, there are a myriad of serious, damaging areas where they could be focusing their time. No. This is about one thing. Getting attention for oneself.

    1. Amen. And kudos to you for remaining a progressive Californian; having a legislature full of people like this is a good part of the reason I left! Having a bunch of worthless, do-nothing blowhards masquerading as elected officials is why the world’s seventh largest economy is always on the edge of bankruptcy. Do you know what was being debated by the legislature during one of the many fiscal crises? “Motorcycle Awareness Month” and “No Cuss Week”. To be sure, these two aren’t the only culprits, but they exemplify the culture of arrogant, narcissistic, lazy, self-centeredness for which every elected body in the state has become known. So thank you California for once again reminding me that the three inches of snow on the ground here isn’t so bad after all.

  6. The criticisms of MacFarlane’s monologue and the “we saw your boobs” song is just another example of people taking things way too seriously. I can see politicians going this way, but I would think that Dunham would understand the creative comedic process. People can say MacFarlane wasn’t funny, but to accuse him of misogyny is just silly. He was going for a laugh, and maybe he got it, maybe he failed.

    Now, the “In Memorium” segment was atrocious and the omissions reprehensible. Is it really that hard to remember to include people like Ontiveras, Andy Griffith and David Ellis?

    1. Missed The Rape Scene Because I Was Out Of The Room. The Male-Dominated Movie Industry Is Obsessed With Violence Against Women Becaus Males Pay Them Big Bucks To See This Kind Of “Entertainment.” Hey, Oscar Producers, How About Some Porn Clips At Next Year’s Ceremony? Oh, Grow Up!

      1. You do know that not every word must begin with a capital letter, and that this makes your mindless drivel even harder to read, right?

  7. Totally agree it was a pox on the Academy. ‘I Saw Your Boob’ was the most infantile, disgusting thing I have ever seen on TV. As far as Seth McF is concerned? Out of his depth, knew it, apologized throughout the entire show, damaged his brand. Epic fail to any clear thinking person. It got good ratings because the movies were a cut above prior years and theater attendance was up. Some of the jokes were pretty good but you need a seasoned comedian to deliver them, not an emotionally stunted cartoonist. Keep it classy, San Diego!

    1. If the “We Saw Your Boobs” song was the most infantile and disgusting thing you have ever seen on TV your argument carries no weight, as you clearly don’t watch much TV.

  8. Truly unbelievable. I’m glad these politicians have so much free time in their schedules to be outraged over an awards show. It’s certainly a much better use of their time to be angry at jokes they didn’t like than dealing with the state’s budget crisis. If you didn’t like MacFarlane’s comedy, that’s fine. (Admittedly I liked a lot of his humor and really don’t get the appeal of Lena Dunham, so I must be a misogynist.). But how about focusing on something, ANYTHING, that actually matters and get over the Oscars.

  9. One of the problems I see with Oscar broadcasts is the production team. Having famous producers and directors who have mostly worked on award winning MOVIES may seem fabulous, but they don’t know how to deal with live tv… so, the show gets boring and looong.

    Why can’t they have people who know the hazards of live tv– like folks from American Idol/X-Factor or successful talk shows?

    And why do so many of the award winning actors suck at reading a teleprompter…
    (I don’t work in the industry)

  10. I don’t usually watch the entire Oscars, but lighten up people! What happened to the days of “roasting”, ribbing each other, and not taking everything so seriously or personally! Women, minorities, blondes (I’m one), lawyers, etc. need to chill out! Life used to be a lot simpler when comedians (remember Dean Martin, Bob Hope, George Carlin, Johnny Carson, etc.???) could jab anybody just for fun. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, who can we laugh at? I’m not a big Hollywood or Oscar watching fan, but I actually thought Seth did a great job!

    1. The classic defense of the schoolyard bully. There’s a legally recognized line between “joking” and harassment and the Oscars definitely crossed it.

      Yes, of course, there are other issues, but as a California voter, I don’t mind that our politicians took a couple of hours to call the Academy out.

      1. Thank you for your profound legal analysis, Chief Justice Taney.

        Are you actually suggesting that MacFarlane is liable to criminal and/or civil action? If so, you need to pull your head out of your butt.

      2. I disagree. No legal line was crossed. And fuck you for trying to claim that their was.

  11. Couldn’t disagree more. The guy isn’t a mysogonist for telling you what historically happened in movies whether it involves nudity or otherwise. I thought it was a GREAT example of how Hollywood has unfairly downgraded women to flesh with faces – women have historically been nude FAR MORE than their male counterparts and it’s sometimes ridiculous the lengths they’re asked to go. Calling Seth out for that is just flat out dumb and misguided. If you want to point the finger, it’s not at Seth, it’s at Hollywood on the whole.

    1. Outstanding point. It’s like getting angry over the stuff in “Book of Mormon” because you find the content offensive to Africans, gays or AIDS patients.

  12. Is this is the best thing our politicians have to do? If so, we clearly need new politicians because our state has MUCH bigger issues that need to be addressed than a song Seth MacFarlane sang at the Academy Awards. The fact that they are even wasting tax-payer money and time to air personal grievances should be investigated and dealt with.

  13. Every year there are complaints about In Memoriam and every year the Board of Governors does not give the audience what it wants. Increase it to a beautifully filmed 5 minutes (see TCM) and go through a list of Latino and African American people who should be included. Add nominated performers (Peggy Cass, Joyce Redmond are two I can think of off hand who were omitted over the years). I expected to see Lupe Ontiveros. And the lame pre-emptive warnings, “we can’t include everyone,” doesn’t work.
    As to Seth and the show – don’t they realize children are watching? I cringed over the slavery jokes, the Jewish jokes; degrading women, Spaniards and Mexicans. This is no place for a roast – it’s a celebration. Yes, Oscars are corny, and the nominees are rich – but who wants to see people humiliated? Denzel Washington looks like Eddie Murphy? In a new world where movies and TV shows – and sports – are diverse – the Academy is tone deaf. They have to realize how difficult it is to make it that level for the Bigelows, the Ontiveros, and in a profession where image is everything, why humiliate those whose image is finally being recognized.

  14. I was surprised that there weren’t any groups outraged over his “joke” about Salma Hayek, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. “We can’t understand a thing you are saying, but you’re nice to look at”?

  15. GET! A! LIFE! PEOPLE! Seriously. I’m a California tax payer…fix our budget and schools instead of ranting about Seth MacFarlane. Idiots!

  16. Boob jokes, they raise hell. But the BLATANT DISCRIMINATION & MISOGYNY in Hollywood they’re ok with. How many diversity talents were awarded and/or nominated? Not as many as whites (more specifically WHITE MALES.) What a bunch of hypocrites!

    1. Good point… It’s very selective outrage, this OSCAR outrage. Considering the other 364 days of misogyny and racism that prevail in the industry.

  17. Well Salma didn’t look happy when she took the mic, but you know what? I still couldn’t understand what she said, seems she stumbled over her words. Like Somebody said — these are professionals and they can’t read teleprompters. I hope Seth DOES NOT apologize and this coming from a woman.

    1. This comment is made of so much “Win”.

      I understand people come in all shapes and sizes, but if you have the means (time/money) to get yourself into a healthier lifestyle, you have no excuse. If I were the creator/star/writer of a TV show that was renewed for 2 seasons, I would be in even better shape than I am now.

  18. Wow, outrage seriously??? Lena Dunham– we see your boobs all the time, is that somehow advancing something?

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