I love the Academy Awards. It’s basically a holiday in my house. Since I don’t live close to my family, my Mom and I spend most of the night calling each other with comments about what people are wearing, the acceptance speeches and all the pageantry. It’s the “girl-iest" night of the year for me.
Which is why I was so taken aback by what I heard last night (over and over again) - One hateful comment about women after another!
It all started with the boob song. Seth MacFarlane must have known that this concept was in poor taste, because he couched the entire concept in a bit (helped out by William Shatner) that highlighted what he did to become the “worst Oscar host.” To be honest, the song didn’t even bother me enormously at the time. I think it’s upsetting that so many women need to be featured nude in order to get a job in Hollywood, but all in all, I guess I’ve heard worse, so let’s move on.
And therein lies the problem – he didn’t move on. The boob song was just the opening act into a litany of hateful comments about women.
Here’s a brief rundown:
While describing the plot of Django Unchained, Seth MacFarlane made a completely insensitive remark about domestic violence:
This is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who's been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.
Note #1: Domestic Violence isn’t funny.
Then came the pro-eating disorder joke:
For all those women who had the 'flu.' it paid off. Lookin' good.
Note #2: Eating disorders aren’t funny.
And then finally, he mocked women for being assertive by saying that Jessica Chastain’s characters 12-year long hunt for Osama Bin Laden is proof of
Every woman’s innate ability to never let go of anything.
One of the worst parts about this was that, during the broadcast, other women told me I was being too sensitive and taking things too personally. I was getting a bit worried that maybe I was over reading things and needed to get some thicker skin. (My Mother scoffed me off the phone more than once because I was getting upset by these comments.)
And then today, article after article confirms my feelings. Women everywhere took offense to the same comments I did.
I am a fan of Seth MacFarlane. I was prepared for some “edgy” comments. But not for the blatant women-bashing that was disguised as the Oscars. Why would you ever be so crass about issues like domestic violence, eating disorders, nudity and workplace discrimination when your core viewer demographic is women?
For someone who loves movies as much as I do, this was a sad broadcast. It felt like the industry (via their selected mouthpiece, Seth MacFarlane) was saying to me “keep spending your money on overpriced movie tickets for crappy movies, and then tune in so we can make fun of you.” I’m surely not tuning in for that.