The ‘Roast’ of Seth Macfarlane

As always in Hollywood, the critics seem to be alive and vocal.  In what exact instance, you ask?  Specifically once the Oscars wrapped two reviewers in particular shared an extremely direct opposition to this year’s show, and more so with host Seth Macfarlane.  Actress Jane Fonda, and known feminist, as well as one-time ‘Scream Queen’ Jamie Lee Curtis were not impressed with any aspect of the Seth’s hosting antics.  Neither of the ladies immediately shared exactly how unimpressed they were but once Jane decided to speak four days ago, and Jamie did today, they surely caught up for lost time.  According to E! News Jane addressed her strong sentiments on the song “We saw your boobs” (YouTube, posted on 2/26/13) that Macfarlane performed. Some other dislikes Jane offered:

“I also didn’t like the remark made about Quvenzhané and Clooney, or the stuff out of Ted’s mouth and all the comments about what women do to get thin for their dresses.  Waaaay too much stuff about women and bodies, as though that’s what defines us.”

Jamie felt the host participated in a direct mockery of the Academy stating:

“I was offended last week. As an Academy member, as the child of former Academy members [her parents are late Hollywood stars Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh] and as a woman, I expected more from the best that the movie business has to offer,” she wrote. “The Oscars are about honoring art and artists. It is not supposed to be a cheesy vaudeville show.”

While some of the commentary is a bit risqué, Seth Macfarlane himself stated days before Hollywood’s biggest award show, that while his content would be family approved, it would be for a family of today versus one of an older generation.  This raises an interesting thought regarding the evolution of entertainment; did Seth Macfarlane go too far?  He has two Hollywood screen legends going directly at him and one, Curtis, even comparing his hosting to a roasting.  This actually holds a bit more significance than may initially stand out; Macfarlane is a popular choice for hosting for the Comedy Central Roast series and has received rave reviews the three times he’s held the honor. In this example, however, it was not meant to compliment.

This is not the first time however that an award show host has not offered the ideal.  Ricky Gervais is a great, recent example as well.  He hosted the Golden Globes a few years and each one seemed to attract stronger, more direct opposition.  Perhaps it won’t be long before a computerized version of a host appears and will have abilities such as reading minds and detecting anger to avoid criticism.  What about the Academy?  Should they reevaluate certain measures taken to avoid disgruntled viewers?

It could be true to say the Oscars may need to implement parental advisory but then again certain commercials may provoke modesty and the want to quietly recede into a world more suitable for Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.  Being the year 2013 does not mean it’s a free for all when it comes to humor but at the same time people are in a different place than ever before.  With television shows such as Macfarlane’s own creation Family Guy and reality television never more prevalent where all sorts of ‘realness’ occurs, do we not hear worse from these examples?  It is hard to say entirely because many factors go into the equation.  With Seth not being the only host in recent years to come under such a fire, the need seems to be there for refinement on some level.  When did roasting someone’s hosting become such a thing?

This is a good example of thinking your own thoughts and really digging into your idea of what’s too much or what is just right.  At the very least, this whole ordeal is provoking folks to evaluate where they stand.  With Seth Macfarlane already acknowledging he will not be hosting again, perhaps the next host will at last succeed in finding a balance to suit all the masses.