I have a strict no-cartoon adult show personal policy, which is why I'd suck at The Simpsons trivia. It's also why I had no idea who Seth MacFarlane was last night other than a dead ringer for Peter Brady.
The Family Guy! Ted!
I admit I was uncomfortable after the first joke he made about Ben Affleck's Best Director nomination snub, but then came the Boob Song and the "Aren't you glad you got the flu so you could fit in those dresses?" "jokes" and all I wanted was for the Jaws music to start playing for him any time he opened his mouth.
Then it turns out The Onion called 9-year old Best Actress nominee a cunt on Twitter, which they later deleted and apologized for, but not until the Tweet became widely circulated and had most of us wondering what the fuck is going on with this world.
As much ire as there is about The Onion's tweet, there's as much defense for Seth MacFarlane's performance, even though NPR, The Atlantic, USA Today, and Salon (just to name a bunch) pretty much tore him to pieces.
"It's his act," a commenter replied.
"You need to lighten up," someone told me on Twitter.
And well, because Jennifer Lawrence thought it was funny then maybe we all just don't have a sense of humor. Because we can trust an Academy Award winner to critique the organization that just handed her a bazillion more dollars wrapped up in that coveted statue.
No, we all just don't have a misogynist sense of humor.
I'm not surprised one bit that people are defending Seth MacFarlane, even women with boobs who somehow feel superior at their appreciation for his jokes. He's made these kind of jokes for 12 years, right? We've watched his shows and gone to his movies. We've handed over our money to support this crap.
Well I haven't, anyway. But that's how he got the gig right? Not because no one had ever heard of him.
Can you imagine if the tables were turned? And Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did a whole song and dance number about seeing the pensises of actors in films. Or they riffed about Christianity. Or made a black face joke.
Sounds awful, not to mention sexist and racist.
Yeah, it's not their schtick but it never would be. We'd never allow women to be so woefully offensive without verbally casting stones at her in a public forum.
So why does Seth MacFarlane get a "get out of jail free" card?
Because we give it to him, willingly.
Edited: Gawker did a montage of all the sexist and racist Seth MacFarlane jokes.