Entertainer/comedian/writer Seth MacFarlane earned a younger, bigger audience for hosting Sunday’s Oscar telecast — but he’s also sparked anger from the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, which formally complained Wednesday to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that his gig “struck a new low in its treatment of women.” The legislative women’s letter to Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences bigwig Howard Koch complains: “In a world where women have historically faced challenges and obstacles when it comes to their portrayal in popular culture, Sunday evening was a setback for women
Comments: Isn´t this rich. It´s not like there are more pressing things the lawmakers in California should be very concerned about. s/o Where are their complaints for the horrific ways women are treated in movies or porn films?
FTA: " ...and a number — backed by the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus — called “We Saw Your Boobs,” starring Hollywood’s leading ladies who have bared all in the movies. That segment was a “misogynistic and degrading dialogue” targeting women “who have shown courage in addressing throught provoking and real life experiences on film,” the women legislators said."
Attitudes like that beg to be skewered. Also, criticizing the number is homophobic.
Flashing some flesh has been a way aspiring actresses have gotten attention in Hollywood for decades. It always seemed sexist to me; but when I was in college and my 20s, often the first thing I looked at when deciding what movies to watch was whether there was any nudity in it -- so I can´t point fingers at anybody.
Let´s be stereotypical California politi-chicks, though: Let´s spend a few weeks flaming MacFarlane for his Oscars bit that teased actresses for doing that... just as long as we don´t do anything to discourage actresses and studios from continuing the practice, itself...
As a symbolic protest against banal politics in CA, I´m thinking of forming an organization officially called "Hot Hollywood Starlets, Show Us Your Boobs".
I thought MacFarlane was fairly funny and, sure, with a couple winces. He poked good fun at the elites in the seats before him. Sometimes sophomoric, but what the hay. The Academy knew what it was signing up for with him. These offended women lawmakers must have missed the MacFarlane hosted Comedy Central Roasts.
The women´s caucus is a set back for women and free speech. The guy is a dork and heaven know what else, but he is free to make a fool of himself and anything else he wants to do. Back off you silly witches and let this fool bury himself, and if he has a great following of young people, that´s a message of what our oh so well trained youth think of women, including what young women think of older women!
Just shut up and no one will know how stupid you are.
I think MacFarlane is a jerk and should never have been given this gig. Further, I have no problems with groups voicing their disapproval, as this is a free country.
All that said, where was this "California Legislative Women’s Caucus" at when for YEARS Sarah Palin was bullied, her family made fun of--including a handicapped son--she was called stupid, she was made fun every week by Tina Fey, she was called the worst names, she was hung in effigy, a comic stated in all seriousness that some "black brothers" in New York should rape her, a weirdo author moved in next door to her to spy on the family, and floods of reporters went up to Alaska to try to find dirt on her (failing of course)...everything and anything in an attempt to personally ruin a woman because she was a true feminist but was a Republican and conservative as well, and well, we can´t have that can we.
So a few stupid things said and done on one broadcast vs. a multi-year attempt to ruin Palin and discredit conservative women. And what did we hear from this caucus? Not a damn thing.
This is phony, manufactured outrage. What was offensive about the song? What I thought was funnier was when MacFarlane announced that he was singing with the Los Angeles Gay Men´s Chorus and said, "I´m not a member, I swear!" Then William Shatner said, "I see that you will join in July 2015."
If liberal women are so concerned about women´s rights, why isn´t Hillary Clinton President? Women make up a majority of Democrat voters but they preferred Obama, whose views on the issues are the same as Hillary´s. Hillary even got a bit of the Sarah Palin treatment when she dared to criticize Obama. Such hypocrisy.
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mary Ellen, 2/27/2013 12:56:30 PM (No. 9199182)
I long for the days when we didn´t have to worry about being politically correct all the time. Don´t say this, don´t say that, don´t express yourself in colorful or meaningful language - go bland, as bland as one can be. If a lady is fat (and let´s face it, there were some chunks up there)don´t say a word, although Bloomberg and Michelle are telling us we´re all obese. Don´t laugh with or at each other. Don´t, don´t, don´t. What a boring life.
Glad to see some Ldotters like #9,#14 & #15 haven´t lost their sense of humor. If they show it they can pay the price. I laughed out loud cause like said above when the camera panned the audience they paid the price. Give me the romance of the 50´s but MacFarlane was still funny.
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