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Goddamnit, Seth MacFarlane: Stop Making Me Like You. It's Pissing Me Off

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 11, 2013 | Comments ()


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You know, I was happy guy, content to loathe Seth MacFarlane for the rest of my life, to lump him in with the Max Tuckers of the word and throw a tire around them and set it alight. Have I watched a lot of "The Family Guy" or "American Dad"? No, not really. I've seen bits and blobs of it, and they seemed like shows trying way too hard to get a rise out of people. But that hasn't stopped me from judging MacFarlane harshly. I mean: LOOK AT HIM. Ninety-nine of out of 100 times, that's the kind of face that belongs to someone that I'm going to strongly dislike.

But then Ted came along, and you have no idea, people, how much I looked forward to shredding that film like a sock puppet made of used panties in a pit bull's mouth. But hell if the damn movie didn't provoke laughter. And not just the nods of appreciation, but full-on get-up-get-down-roll-around-the-floor-and-piss-myself laughter. MADDENING.

But I was still OK writing it off, because look at what Seth MacFarlane represents! Douchefuckery! I've got it in my mind that he's a date-rape comedian, and I can't let it go. Is it backed by any real evidence? Well, now. But come on: LOOK AT HIM. When Khaleesi starting dating him, my first thought was not that Seth MacFarlane might be a good dude, after all, but that Khaleesi might have ingested some chemicals with that horse heart. Oh, Khaleesi. How could you?

But you know what? He was charming, and cutting, and self-effacing in handing out Oscar nominations yesterday with Emma Stone, and I actually had the thought -- fleeting as it was -- that MacFarlane might be a great Oscar host. And now he's released his first slew of Oscar promos, and none of them makes me want to cause malicious harm to him. In fact, they are OK! I mean, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are going to blow him out of the water as Golden Globes hosts this weekend, but I think MacFarlane may actually make watching the Oscars totally and completely tolerable this year. And that thought is seriously pissing me off.

(via Vulture)







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  • Nadine

    I'm an unapologetic fan of this man and his work. The episode of American Dad dealing with his IRL dead dog left me fucking bereft, you guys, and while many, many episodes of Family Guy leave me wincing, I just...I can't stop. The parts I can laugh at make me laugh SO hard.

  • *insert standard "American Dad is great, you should really check it out" response here*

  • I've adored Seth MacFarlane since Family Guy first was following The Simpsons on Fox, like they were the janitors to clean up the stage after the headliner. I've had my love-hate relationship with the show since then, but MacFarlane always gets my love. He's always been funny.

    The thing about Family Guy's one-note issue is that you have to listen to the seasons' DVD commentary. He's declared more times than once that he's just pushing the envelope as far as he can until Fox cancels the show again. And I hope that he and Emilia Clarke stay together for a while, but with his list (rumored and confirmed) of who he's dated, I'm not so sure.

  • Ben

    You really can't blame him too much for Family Guy, he has very little to do with the show anymore and actually kind of hates it.

  • Whatever

    There is just something about him. He is funny but he just looks like a jerk. Which is completely unfair. All that "don't judge a book by its cover" blah blah is just a little hard to get around sometimes. Maybe genius does that to a person. I want to hate Lena Dunham but damnit she is pretty awesome.

  • I was going to type something nice, but fuck (hehe...buttfuck) it. Seth MacFarlane can be funny. He can. It's just incredibly rare and with the same sort of manatee joke bullshit that he always does. He throws random crap against a wall and the ones that are funny are rare enough that statistically he's still less funny than chance. If comedy were a drug, he'd get beaten by a sugar pill. A turd may have corn showing, but that doesn't make it an ear of corn. Seth MacFarlane has made me laugh, but that doesn't mean that he's funny.

    By the way. The two promos that made me smile were the ones where he bashed himself. What does that tell you?

  • Steph

    He comes across well in person, Family Guy still sucks though.

  • Jannymac

    I vaguely remember this from a podcast...but wasn't Seth supposed to be on one of the Boston planes from 9/11? Like he was up drinking late the night before and missed the flight by really just a few minutes.

  • randomhookup

    That's correct. MacFarlane downplays it -- he has said he misses planes all the time.

  • googergieger

    No.

  • Tinkerville

    He's always had a smugness about him that has made me want to punch him in the face whenever I look at him.. But damn if those weren't some funny promos and I appreciated that he at least tried to make the nominations interesting, even if not all the jokes landed. So don't worry, Dustin. You're not alone. We can get through this together.

  • ViciousTrollop

    So we're not calling them The Academy Awards anymore? Just checking.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That comment was neither vicious, nor trollopsome. How disappointing.

  • ViciousTrollop

    I'm not really either one. My internet screen name is a lie!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Well, I'm not really married to a cartoon lemur, so I guess we're even.

  • Mrs. Julien

    He looks like a male Living DollĀ®. The Complete Smarm Package costs a little more, but it's an investment in qualities that will last a lifetime

  • HMDK

    Can someone please explain the charm or at the very least excuse the smarm, of this boring shit?

  • cj
  • Slash

    He can't do worse as Oscar host than most previous choices. It's about time they retired Billy Crystal.

  • BWeaves

    OK, the tweet one and the ask your kids one made me snortle.

  • Slash

    I don't hate or love. I don't think "Family Guy" is funny. Haven't seen "Ted" or "American Dad," so I'll reserve judgment on those.

    Just my opinion as a female person, he's attractive enough to be appealing, but not ridiculously handsome. I actually don't think he looks douchey. He looks reasonably approachable, kinda like Kevin Smith (only beardless and not overweight.) I've seen him on one or two talk shows, and he's entertaining, I vaguely remember him being funny. The voice is a plus (his regular speaking voice). Maybe he's been working on a charm offensive, trying to counter the douche rep. Or maybe he's always been like this and has just been more visible since his movie came out. (shrug)

  • e jerry powell

    As a bear lover myself, I prefer Kevin Smith. At least when he's not acting all batshit and stuff.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Everyone of those made me laugh. And the Twitter one was fantastic.

  • randomhookup

    Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are going to blow him...

    I really need to start taking something for my ADD.

  • John G.

    Let's not forget how brilliantly he trapped Sarah Palin that time he had an actually mentally disabled person on Family Guy, got Palin to denounce her as the worst kind of mockery, and then had the girl turn around and slam Palin in the face for using her disabled child as a political prop.

  • NateMan

    I HAD forgotten that! Thank you for the reminder. That was a good day.

  • AudioSuede

    I understand why Pajiba never got on the American Dad train initially, because it started very poorly, but seriously, by the second season of that show, the humor changed, and the whole show found a rhythm, and it's honestly one of my favorite animated shows on television, right up there with Archer and Bob's Burgers.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Only thing I remember from American Dad came from an episode with Patrick Stewart as Stan's boss.

    "Stan, do you know what I was thinking as I gazed at the back of your daughter's head last night?" I spit out my drink.

  • NateMan

    Can you please stop with the date-rape bullshit? I understand what you're trying to say; he comes across as smug, callous, and he looks like a douche. But he's not a date-rapist; as far as we know, he's never had a complaint lodged against him. He doesn't treat women like shit. It's tasteless and it's unfair.

    And considering the number of people who HAVE been date-raped, I'd be willing to bet it's triggering to at least a couple of your readers to have you joke about it every time you mention MacFarlane.

  • Jezzer

    I hate to break up a really good clutched pearl, but I feel I should point out that Dustin didn't call him a date rapist; he said that he looks like a "date rape comedian," as in, "someone who would make jokes about rape."

  • NateMan

    Except the last time he had a problem with MacFarlane, he referred to him as a 'frat boy date rapist'. So you'll have to forgive me if I remain unamused by the comparison.
    And since it's at least the second time Dustin's used that remark in a vain attempt to be funny, I can't see him having much of a problem with someone else joking about date rape. So then why the line?

  • Jezzer

    Whatever, dude. Clutch away.

  • Dee

    Thank you! This sites posts and commenters have been extremely callous and offensive about people lately, I don't mean that there was a time when it was a hand holding Kumbaya site but lately everyone is so rude and obnoxious on a junior high school level. I usually come here for intelligent and funny writing but lately UGH!

  • the dude

    same with the emu bullshit, he's a good guy who can clearly act. Charming Potato is a sweet and cute nickname though!!

  • Jezzer

    But he looks like an emu. An emu that can clearly act, of course, but an emu nonetheless.

  • NateMan

    Agreed. And there's nothing wrong with being snide or sarcastic about someone you can't bring yourself to like. But some things, by general consensus, remain outside acceptable use. This site was big on slapping Daniel Tosh, for example, when he went too far and said it'd be funny if someone was raped. And rightly so; I have no problem calling out a comedian I like when he overreaches like that. But if it's not funny to equate a person with a rape survivor, it's not funny to equate someone with a rapist. There are enough shitty people doing shitty things that we don't need to lump others in with them because we don't like their face.

    And to be frank, it's lazy writing. Dustin: If you're foolish enough to read comments, know that I admire your writing. You're capable of some phenomenal posts, and I enjoy your cutting remarks quite a bit. But this continued comparison isn't witty and it isn't funny. It is beneath you, and beneath your readers.

  • GDI

    I was with you up to point when you mentioned admiring Dustin's writing. Everything from there on is white noise and malarkey.

  • A. Smith

    Such a turn of events going from Williams Street to Family Guy to Oscar Nominee and Presenter. He's probably one of the few entertainers I quite honestly don't know what he'll do next yet I always tread softly.

  • KatSings

    I don't hate him, but I don't generally find him amusing (I liked some of Family Guy, like most people). But that DDL spot made me laugh really loudly in my silent office. I have everyone preparing to skewer him at my Oscar party, and this suggests he might actually be funny... I don't know what to do with that!

  • disqus_fPQXKBbAlv

    Yep! Say what you want about the potty humor or jokes that try a bit too hard to be offensive (which frankly, seems to be a Family Guy issue more than American Dad), the guy's love of music and classic movies/musicals is what gives him the potential to be a great Oscar host. Sure, he's fairly new to actually being ON CAMERA - but he's charming as hell, he can sing, and he's not afraid to ruffle a few feathers.

    What I find funny is how some people are already cringing that he joked his way through the nominations yesterday. Was it too early in the morning for a Hitler joke? Maybe - but you'll remember it. And when was the last time anyone could say this about the Oscar nominations?

  • I wish I could hate him, I do, but facts are facts. MacFarlane is an incredibly talented and funny man, who loves comedies and musicals, and is ridiculously effing handsome to boot. Out of the fifty gags in any Family Guy episode, there are at least five that make me laugh, and two that make me cringe and think about it. I do not like either American Dad OR The Cleveland Show, so he isn't perfect.

    Edited to fix the spelling of "MacFarlane"

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'll agree with most but the "handsome." Especially not "ridiculously effing handsome." He's a decent-looking guy, and keeps himself up nicely, and his looks are certainly not a deal-breaker (indeed, he looks nicely approachable) but he falls nowhere on my scale of handsome.

  • HMDK

    You and funny aren't really in the same universe are ya?

  • I find myself strongly agreeing with this.

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