Now that Hollywood is purging en masse about its dislike of Harvey Weinstein, “Family Guy” and “The Orville” creator Seth MacFarlane has come out with a belated explanation of a wisecrack he made about Weinstein four years ago.
MacFarlane appeared alongside Emma Stone during the announcement of the Oscar nominations in 2013. After reading off the list of actresses who received nominations for their supporting roles, MacFarlane followed with the quip: “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”
In a statement today on Twitter, MacFarlane provided the backstory behind the jab.
“In 2011, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances,” MacFarlane wrote. “She has since courageously come forward to speak out. It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction. Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger.”
MacFarlane adds: “There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this. I respect and applaud my friend Jessica and those sharing their stories for their decision to come forward, and for being champions of the truth.”
Barth’s 2011 encounter with Weinstein in a hotel room is included in a story published Tuesday by The New Yorker in which other women accuse Weinstein of rape.
Here’s the clip from the Oscar nominations announcement in 2013 …