Gasp! Oscar host offends lawmakers

Feb. 27, 2013

By Katy Grimes

Alert the media! The Assembly Women’s Caucus is offended.


Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, and a successful entertainer, actor, and writer, hosted Sunday’s Oscar awards show, with his usual snarky, brazen, naughty gutter humor. And in helping the Awards show achieve a much-needed ratings increase, McFarland managed to offend the feminists of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. The women’s caucus sent a formal complaint Wednesday to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, complaining that McFarland “struck a new low in its treatment of women.”

Boo hoo. As if Hollywood doesn’t already reach record lows in taste and humor. Look at these dresses!

“In a world where women have historically faced challenges and obstacles when it comes to their portrayal in popular culture, Sunday evening was a setback for women fighting hard to gain appropriate respect as contributors in this industry and society and general,” read the letter from women’s caucus Chairwoman Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long beach, and Vice Chairwoman Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

I’ll bet they hate that I called them “Chairwomen.”

I tend to take the approach to television that if you don’t like something, change the channel or turn it off. But that doesn’t work for the perpetually offended in society. What would they talk about if they couldn’t be offended?

“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,” the letter said. “To degrade women is totally unacceptable in today’s world.”

It’s not as if lawmakers have more pressing things to be very concerned about. Tuesday at a legislative hearing on the $68 billion-and-growing High-Speed Rail system, Lowenthal cut the microphone of two members of the public, when they dared to question the unholy alliance between labor unions and the High-Speed Rail Authority over the Project Labor Agreements.

We still don’t have any answers about the inflated PLA contracts, and the Legislature isn’t requiring the Rail Authority to answer.

Be very concerned when lawmakers attack free speech, even if you find it offensive. McFarland may be offensive to some, but others find him very funny, as evidenced by his phenomenal success. I´d rather be offended by a comedian than have Assemblywomen Lowenthal and Jackson claim they speak for me because I’m a women.

Lowenthal clearly doesn’t respect free speech — on the television or in her hearing room. Be very concerned when lawmakers attack free speech, even if you find it offensive.


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  1. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 27 February, 2013, 12:43

    The CA Legislature Womens’Caucus needs to get a life! Of course Seth is raunchy and, of course, we all know that. If you don’t want to watch it, ladies, then don’t watch. The dresses were beautiful!

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 27 February, 2013, 14:27

    I am blissfully ignorant of Seth McFarlane or The Academy Awards spectacle, which I wouldn’t watch if you put a gun to my head, but if the guy is upsetting a pack of noxious feminist harpies he must be doing something right 🙂

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  3. Paul
    Paul 27 February, 2013, 14:40

    Who cares they’re just liberal cry babies…doing what they do best!!!

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  4. Rye
    Rye 27 February, 2013, 16:43

    Who was it that said liberals are’nt against the bill of rights ?

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  5. loufca
    loufca 28 February, 2013, 05:57

    This is a good example why the California legislature should be very part time. They have too much time on their hands…

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  6. Donkey
    Donkey 28 February, 2013, 07:47

    I knew there was a reason I loved you so, I agree, finally! 🙂

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  7. $68 billion - who cares? There's a comedian.
    $68 billion - who cares? There's a comedian. 28 February, 2013, 11:47

    Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal sent out that letter to get attention to herself. The California legislature has no jurisdiction over the tasteless jokes of some fool at a private awards ceremony on broadcast television. If she really cares, she would have submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, perhaps jointly with the American Family Association.

    On the other hand, the high-speed train will plunge this state into bankruptcy. But who cares? Scrutiny of that project does nothing to get attention to what’s important: Bonnie Lowenthal.

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  8. Bonnie Lowenthal Recognized for This: Runner-Up as Idiot of the Week on
    Bonnie Lowenthal Recognized for This: Runner-Up as Idiot of the Week on 28 February, 2013, 11:51

    The FlashReport Idiot Of The Week. And The Winner Is…

    Posted by Jon Fleischman at 12:37 am on Feb 28, 2013

    Runner-Up #2 — State Senator Bonnie Lowenthal. Last week the Senator presided over what was supposed to be an oversight committee hearing on high speed rail. Lowenthal did such a pathetic and lame job running this hearing that Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters called it, “a joke” — seriously. Lowenthal cut-off legislators who were skeptical, limited public comment to three minutes at the end of a hearing she restricted to one hour, turned off microphones of public speakers who said bad things about management of the project, ands he claimed she had to adjourn the meeting because the hearing room was reserved — but it was empty 30 minutes later. Of course the hearing was held the day after the Academy Awards and we know that Ms. Lowenthal had other things on her mind.

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