|Seth MacFarlane's Sexist Oscar Night: Why everyone is outraged|
February 25, 2013
I was watching The Walking Dead & Talking Dead to watch this crap show Oscars bore the shit outta me & Seth well he can be funny and not so funny.
It was more of a boys’ club than usual at the 85th annual Academy Awards Sunday, thanks to host Seth MacFarlane, who, predictably, worked his usual schtick to the max by using women as punch lines all night long (at least when he wasn't focused on Jews, blacks, gays and Abe Lincoln). But luckily, neither the audience nor the Twitterverse seemed amused. The “Family Guy” creator (and GQ Funnyman of the Year 2012, natch) doled out such a litany of misogynistic cracks—on boobs, domestic violence, rape, eating disorders, Latina women and more—that it’s hard to know where to begin.
By Monday morning, critics around the country had weighed in on what went went so terribly wrong with MacFarlane's performance. "The evening’s misogyny involved a specific hostility to women in the workplace," The New Yorker's Amy Richardson wrote in a tirade against the host. And with regards to a particularly cringe-worthy joke about domestic violence, she added: "There are surely better things to joke about."
The Atlantic's Spencer Kornhaber also called out MacFarlane's sick jokes in a now viral rant against the host, but warned "calling them offensive gives them too much power."
The Oscar host's "fake edginess," as Kornhaber put it, is the backbone of MacFarlane's humor. It's designed to disqualify those who get offended. If that's the case, everyone lost last night. With a billion viewers tuning in worldwide, there was no denying the power—and the negative impact—of sexist, racist and homophobic jokes. Here are some of last night's most offensive moments, and the horrified reactions from viewers on Twitter.