Two California state lawmakers have joined other smart men and women in condemning Oscar host Seth MacFarlane’s comments during Sunday’s awards presentation.
Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, both Democrats who lead the Legislature’s women’s caucus, sent a letter to Academy president Hawk Koch on Tuesday calling on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to use “better judgment” when selecting a host for next year.
“There was a disturbing theme about violence against women being acceptable and funny,” the lawmakers wrote. “From topical jabs about domestic violence to singing about `boobs’ during a film’s rape scene, Seth MacFarlane crossed the line from humor to misogyny.”
And in what seems like a very honest assessment of the evening, they closed their letter thusly:
“On Oscar night, when Hollywood seeks to honor its best, Seth MacFarlane’s monologue reduced our finest female actresses to caricatures and stereotypes, degrading women as a whole and the filmmaking industry itself.”
Sounds about right.