Seth Macfarlane - Praise and Complaints: Mixed Reviews For Seth MacFarlane's Oscars 2013 Hosting
Hosting the Oscars is a notoriously difficult task to undertake and it has become, in many ways, increasingly difficult to be funny without seriously irritating a person, or a group of people. For Seth MacFarlane there were very mixed reviews. While the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) have complained about his work, ESPN whole heartedly approved. Can't win, eh?
As the Hollywood Reporter writes, ADL's leader Abraham Foxman, released a post-Oscars statement argues that one of MacFarlane's Ted skits perpetuated anti-Semitic stereotypes. MacFarlane voiced Ted the bear who claimed Hollywood is run by Jews. Foxman said: "[W]hat [MacFarlane] did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny. It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism. It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sought to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs."
Also, Hispanic audiences took offence to a comment made by the host when he said "Well we have finally reached the point in the ceremony where either Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz or Salma Hayek comes on stage and we have no idea what they're saying but we don't care because they're so attractive." As the Huffington Post reports, viewers took to Twitter to air their complaints about his comment, offended by the insinuation that hispanic people can't be understood.
However, ESPN's Sarah Spain (apparently of no minority who had jokes made about them) liked MacFarlane. She said: Props to MacFarlane for turning a true doubter into a believer -- he was a good choice for the show and did a fine job bringing the laughs. (That being said, I'm already crossing my fingers for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host next year! Bring it, ladies!)"