Sorry, Seth MacFarlane, But Not Everybody Loved You - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Sorry, Seth MacFarlane, But Not Everybody Loved You

Seth MacFarlane received mixed reviews for his role as Oscars host / Photo: CNN Seth MacFarlane received mixed reviews for his role as Oscars host / Photo: CNN
By Lisa Respers France, CNN
updated 1:02 PM EST, Mon February 25, 2013

(CNN) -- Funny. Sexist. Sassy. Awkward.

Seth MacFarlane was referred to with all these adjectives and more after his gig as host of the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The "Family Guy" and "American Dad" creator received mixed reviews for his singing, dancing and jokes, with Time TV critic James Poniewozik dubbing MacFarlane "American Dud."

"In the run up to Sunday's Oscars, ABC promoted the broadcast as: 'Finally! An Oscars the guys can enjoy!' What did that mean, exactly?" Poniewozik wrote. "Time for me to turn in my Guy Card, I guess."

MacFarlane is known for his male-centric humor. He is the creator of Ted, a profane stuffed bear who, during his appearance as an Oscars presenter, begged to be let in on the post-ceremony celebrity orgies he had heard so much about.

So was there much surprise that one of MacFarlane's opening numbers was a little ditty titled "We Saw Your Boobs"?

"I'll limit my discussion of 'We Saw Your Boobs' to noting how, um, nakedly it put into relief a recurring theme in last night's ceremony: A defensive anxiety about the ascendant power of women (emblematized, later on, by the pairing of the statuesque [Charlize] Theron with the wee Dustin Hoffman as awards presenters)," wrote Slate's Dana Stevens.

'Oscars 2013: 'Argo' all the way

There were a few uncomfortable moments, such as a date night/domestic violence reference to singer Chris Brown and Rihanna that earned some groans.

And you could feel the audience wince when MacFarlane tossed off, "This is interesting. Daniel Day-Lewis not the first actor to be nominated for playing Lincoln. Raymond Massey portrayed him in 1940's 'Abe Lincoln In Illinois.' This is true. I would argue, however, that the actor who really got inside Lincoln's head was John Wilkes Booth."

After a couple hundred years, can a joke still be too soon?

USA Today's review called MacFarlane's hosting performance "self-indulgent," noting that "Oscars fans have seen a lot over the years, but this may be the first time they've ever seen a host use the awards to audition for his own variety show."

The Atlantic headlined its story "The Banality of Seth MacFarlane's Sexism and Racism at the Oscars" and opened with a vignette of the host's brief introduction of Meryl Streep: "Our next presenter needs no introduction" before walking away.

"If only he'd kept his shut more frequently," they said.

Ouch.

But Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter praised the Academy's choice and pointed out that it clearly knew MacFarlane would be a "polarizing choice."

"In fact, MacFarlane was relatively tame if you know anything at all about his canon, and he was respectful through and through," Goodman wrote. "As a guy who can actually sing and has recorded a successful album (fueling more jealousy and backlash from his detractors), his pick was more spot-on than anyone gave the Academy credit for."

Even Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar for Best Actress for her turn in "Silver Linings Playbook" and was name-checked in the boob song, found the humor in it.

"I loved the boob song. I thought he was great. I thought he was hilarious," she said backstage.

But the critics always seem to have the loudest voices, especially the one place you can hear them shriek the loudest: Twitter.

Salon pulled some of MacFarlane critiques from the micro-blogging site, including comic Michael Ian Black's take:

"Well, WE thought you were great!" -- Seth McFarlane's family in about four hours," Black tweeted.



  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Prevent Diabetes With This Nut

    Prevent Diabetes With This Nut

    Put pistachios on your shopping list today. Those little nuts could help prevent diabetes.Researchers in Spain say the unsaturated fat in pistachios may protect people on the verge of developing type 2 diabetes.Researchers found people who added pistachios to their diet had healthier blood glucose and insulin levels.Scientists say the fiber and antioxidants in pistachios also help the body process sugar better.More >>
    Put pistachios on your shopping list today. Those little nuts could help prevent diabetes.Researchers in Spain say the unsaturated fat in pistachios may protect people on the verge of developing type 2 diabetes.Researchers found people who added pistachios to their diet had healthier blood glucose and insulin levels.Scientists say the fiber and antioxidants in pistachios also help the body process sugar better.More >>
  • How To Function On Little Sleep

    How To Function On Little Sleep

    Experts all agree that we should get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. But let's face it - sleepless nights happen.Here are some tips from the experts on how you can still power through your day.1.) Ignore the urge to hit the snooze button on your alarm. Don't do it! Those extra seven minutes dozed off aren't doing anything for you – as far as restorative sleep goes. Just set your alarm for as late as possible.2.) Eat breakfast. Research suggests that eating within an hour of waking u...More >>
    Experts all agree that we should get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. But let's face it - sleepless nights happen.Here are some tips from the experts on how you can still power through your day.1.) Ignore the urge to hit the snooze button on your alarm. Don't do it! Those extra seven minutes dozed off aren't doing anything for you – as far as restorative sleep goes. Just set your alarm for as late as possible.2.) Eat breakfast. Research suggests that eating within an hour of waking u...More >>
  • Secret To The Perfect Nap

    Secret To The Perfect Nap

    If you start running low on brain power today, take a nap. But, make sure you have a cup of coffee beforehand! That sounds counterintuitive, but the coffee could help you feel alert when you wake up from that nap.Researchers found people who drank coffee before taking a 20 minute nap performed better on memory tests than those who took a nap without the coffee.Scientists say the caffeine kicks in just as the nap ends. The caffeine binds to molecules that make you feel tired, which makes you f...More >>
    If you start running low on brain power today, take a nap. But, make sure you have a cup of coffee beforehand! That sounds counterintuitive, but the coffee could help you feel alert when you wake up from that nap.Researchers found people who drank coffee before taking a 20 minute nap performed better on memory tests than those who took a nap without the coffee.Scientists say the caffeine kicks in just as the nap ends. The caffeine binds to molecules that make you feel tired, which makes you f...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.