Hosting the Oscars is not an easy role: you're criticized when you play it safe and ripped apart when you're too controversial. Overly excited like Anne Hathaway? Doesn't work. Uninterested like James Franco? Nope, not that either. On top of the normal pressures around award show hosting, this year's host Seth MacFarlane was also following the huge success of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes.
The Family Guy creator danced, sang and joked about everyone from the Kardashians to 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis. He seemed aware that some jokes might not go over well (audience members groaned at one which referenced domestic violence and Rihanna and Chris Brown), while others got mixed reactions. One thing we can agree on: there were a lot of jokes about women.
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Should we be used to hosts pushing the envelope by now? The Ted creator asked the auidence at point, "what did you expect?" Take a look at some of the male-centric jokes causing controversy and tell us: was MacFarlane being smart, sexist or neither?
The Opening Monologue
During his opening monologue, MacFarlane honored famous females and some of their best films ... in which they were topless. The number, "We Saw Your Boobs,” name-checked famous actresses in attendance, such as Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart and Penelope Cruz. Was it a harmless, childish song or insulting to the hardworking women there? As Vulture pointed out, several of the actresses he mentioned were portraying rape victims.
Jessica Chastain’s Character In Zero Dark Thirty
MacFarlane referenced Jessica Chastain's character in Zero Dark Thirty, who spent 10 years searching for Osama bin Laden, as an example of women never being able to let things go.
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The Flu Joke
Focusing again on the way female attendees looked, MacFarlane joked that the women who had the 'flu' in preparation for Oscars night were 'lookin' good'.
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