Seth MacFarlane's "misogyny:" What did you expect?
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013 01:02
Comedian Seth MacFarlane's performance at the 85th Annual Academy Awards came under fire from several critics who called his jokes misogynistic.
Buzzfeed posted a list of 9 Sexist Things that Happened at the Oscars, calling out MacFarlane's jokes about Chris Brown and Rihanna's troubled relationship, the Kardashians, and Jennifer Anniston being a stripper, and his song about boobs.
In addition, users took to social media to show their disgust with MacFarlane's job as host.
Does Seth MacFarlane HATE women? He's sure acting like it. So demeaning. :-(
— liza kindred (@LizaK) February 25, 2013
— Adam Leipzig (@adamleipzig) February 26, 2013
Despite MacFarlane's delivery and content, it should come as no surprise to those who even mildly familiar with his work in "Ted," "Family Guy" and "American Dad." ABC made sure to advertise his hosting gig, so even if people don't agree with his jokes, they should have seen it coming. The Oscars hired MacFarlane, and that's exactly who they got.
This is not the first time anyone has made fun of Brown and Rihanna, or the Kardashians. Just watch Joe McHale on The Soup or Chelsea Handler on "Chelsey Lately", and you're bound to hear jokes about these same people.
If you're going to call MacFarlane misogynystic, then why not go after E!'s "Fashion Police" for criticizing women about what they wear every week?
MacFarlane did what he was supposed to do: host. He brought his offensive comedy and singing skills to the stage that drew in young audiences, and even if it was offensive, it made people watch. If anything, he improved the Oscars after the dull, dismal job by James Franco and Anne Hathaway last year.
If people are going to start labeling this as misogyny, then they should also be focusing on others, including women, who do the same. Don't single out MacFarlane because of what he said. Yes he was offensive. Yes he was raunchy. But that's who he is as a performer. Anything other than that would have been fake and deceiving of what viewers expect of him.