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Lawmakers Issue Protest to Motion Picture Academy Over Seth MacFarlane's Oscars Performance AP

Seth MacFarlane’s performance Sunday as host of the Academy Awards rubbed a number of people the wrong way, and two state lawmakers have now condemned it in a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

AP reports that California Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, both Democrats who lead the Legislature's women's caucus, called MacFarlane's performance degrading to women and asked the academy to use better judgment in the future.

In a letter sent to academy President Hawk Koch, the lawmakers wrote: “There was a disturbing theme about violence against women being acceptable and funny. 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."

Others have also criticized MacFarlane's approach, which included a song about looking at actresses' breasts and a joke about a domestic violence episode between rapper Chris Brown and singer Rihanna.

The letter requests that the academy disavow MacFarlane’s behavior, the piece notes. The letter adds: "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.”

An academy spokeswoman had no immediate comment, the story notes.

MacFarlane, whose performance also provoked an accusation of anti-Semitism from the Anti-Defamation League, has already indicated he doesn’t want to host the ceremony again, as we reported earlier this week.