Friday, March 01, 2013
Oscars host Seth MacFarlane gets away with a lot of incorrectness
He's been criticized but it seems to have been just a passing storm
Seth MacFarlane, the Oscars host, has been widely critcised for a series of "offensive and nasty" jokes at the expense of members of his audience.
Perhaps the most controversial joke came as he said only one actor had really got "into Lincoln's head" - John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated the president. Responding to the boos from the audience, the host said: "150 years and it's still too soon".
MacFarlane also sang a song called "We've seen your boobs" in which he listed a string of actresses in the audience who had appeared topless in films.
In another segment, the host appeared to take a swipe at British singer Adele, saying: "Rex Reed will be out here to review Adele's performance of Skyfall". Reed, a New York Observer film critic, was at the centre of recent controversy in America when he compared the Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy to a "female hippo".
In a pot shot at Daniel Day-Lewis, the MacFarlane said: "If you bumped into (black actor) Don Cheadle on the studio lot, did you try to free him? How deep does your method go?"