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.