Seth MacFarlane Is Hosting the Oscars Because, Seriously F**k That Guy
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Seth MacFarlane Is Hosting the Oscars Because, Seriously F**k That Guy

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 1, 2012 | Comments ()


According to Deadline, it will be announced later today that Seth MacFarlane will be hosting next year's Oscar ceremony and that his mediocre "SNL" stint was his tryout.

The Academy has confirmed:

"We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," said Zadan and Meron. "He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."

He does jibe very well with the Oscars attempts to make a show "entertaining and fresh," according to the Academy's definitions of "entertaining and fresh."

So, to sum: Seth MacFarlane has 3,879 animated sitcoms on Fox, wrote and directed a movie this summer that made $434 million worldwide, is dating Khaleesi from "Game of Thrones," and now he's hosting the Oscars. And all he has to do is make lame stabs at offending people using funny voices and look like a frat boy date rapist.

I think I may implement a new business plan.

MacFarlane said it best:


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  • wsapnin

    All I can say is ugh and bleh.

  • Johnny English

    Fuck that clown that works at a major state school and got offended by the date rapist wording that made it's way into your write up.

  • NateMan

    Your eloquence is matched only by your intelligence.

  • Rubble44

    Gee, do you think Seth is going to sing a song this time?

    Enough with the lame wannabe crooning. The Family Guy episodes centered around singing suck (I equate them to a Lisa episode on The Simpsons)...he forced an album on us and last night on American was about the daughter singing...she's voiced by MacFarlane's he's forcing her on us as well.

    I want cutaways and non sequiturs and goofy 80's references. If you want to sing so damn much, go to karaoke like the rest of us. Don't bring that weak shit to the Oscars.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Uuuuugh. See, his face, it just...

    *scrolls back up to look again*


    He's fucking EVERYWHERE right now. He keeps popping up on all of the tv shows, all of the starlets and all of the movies. (I know I am exaggerating. Just let me have this, okay?) It's too much. He's like Pit Bull. You know how you're listening to the radio and you hear a song you like, then all of a sudden you hear a gravelly monotone voice jump in unnecessarily? Pit Bull. And this is how I feel about Seth MacFarlane. Can't I just watch TV without him being in ALL of the places?

    And that face. It makes me want to punch a kitten in the throat.

  • Case Crum

    The Academy really should stop trying to go after the "youth" audience, and play to their core audience. The Oscars aren't known as "the gay man's Super Bowl" for nothing. Hand the hosting gig over to RuPaul and be done with it.

  • DemBones

    I'm pretty sure Seth MacFarlane is pulling an elaborate con. If you completely remove him from his animated series, he's one of the most respectable people in Hollywood. He is a self-righteous democrat who is in favor of gay marriage and pot legalization. I remember hearing a while ago that he was producing a remake of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, getting Neil DeGrasse Tyson to host. In this respect, it almost seems like Seth MacFarlane is constantly mocking his target audience in his shows and they're not getting the joke.

    He seems like an intelligent and amiable guy, yet he has created two of the stupidest, most unfunny animated series that are currently on the air (In my opinion. There is no need to yell if you like them).

  • BWeaves

    I don't understand why the Oscars even needs a host.

    Just have a computer program show clips of each of the nominees, and then display the winner on the screen and let them run up and have their moment of glory. It would be a much shorter show, and might actually get me to watch one of the movies.

  • Elizabeth Gorman

    Yes. Thank you.

  • POINGjam

    I know a guy who wrote for MacFarlane's Emmy appearance, and he had nothing but good things to say about him. Nobody has to like anybody's work, but where character is concerned, isn't it enough to be a good guy?

  • oilybohunk7

    I haven't watched enough of his stuff to have as strong of oppinion as most of the people here but every time I have seen him do an interview or on SNL he has some quality that is offputting to me but I can't exactly put a finger on it. I think it is that when he speaks he sounds like he is trying to sound like a professor at Harvard or something.

  • Yocean

    I hate him because he looks like a smarmy brother of Dicaprio w shows I don't find funny at all, if not downright gratingly annoying and dating my dream girl and now contributing to degration off my once beloved event. He does not seem to deserve anything he got and seem eager to represent everything I abhore and than one funny movie does not quite absolve him of all that, especially in this new fucking light. Oh, and because I hate what I hate. So fuck you.

  • googergieger

    I think I understand why Macfarlane fans defense of him always fall down to, "there are worse people out there and people that do the same exact same thing as him, so why the hate?". I.E. the good ole, two wrongs make a right defense.

    Because you see, if you like Macfarlane and his no brand comedy. His, twenty minutes of poorly animated fight scenes, not at all clever musical scenes, and inane babbling because it worked so good on some British show that was popular ten years ago, you can't possibly dislike or bad mouth anything else.

    I mean for all the crap your CBS laugh track shitcoms get, at least they are upfront about being total urined down lowest common denominator bull shit. Macfarlane and his "Hitler getting hit in the nuts, means smart, political, edgy, and no apologizing brand of humor" fans can go eff themselves right in the A.

    And for those of his fans that were not clever enough to take ten years to come up with the plan of admitting he is crap but he doesn't pretend or you don't pretend he is anything else, shut up. He's the friggin frat boy Tyler Perry.

    Then again, maybe I should do what I've always done on the matter. Ignore the Cartoon Network reject and not take his fans seriously when it comes to discussing anything. I mean sure, dick move. But you know, grown up dick move.

  • Jezzer

    Or "typical condescending asshat dick move." Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

  • googergieger

    Seriously miss the point some more.

    "I know what I'll do! I'll call him out on what he just called himself out on!"-You

    Effin knobs are dense.

  • Mrcreosote

    If you don't like McFarlane, then his hosting the Oscars would seem to be a good thing. Chances are he'll get negative reviews, because the entire format of the show is designed not to be funny but to flatter the preening egos of the douchenozzles and cockknobblers who fill out the audience. He'll make a few "edgy" jokes, wait too long after punchlines and hopefully offend someone who has had much more success than their meager talent deserves. He's not screwing with anyone's childhood, he's hosting a four hour snoozefest that has the audacity to treat Hollywood like it's a combination of the Mayo clinic and the Manhattan Project. Say that Family Guy and American Dad are not funny, but compared to Two Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men they are....well, slightly less sucky. But slightly less sucky is generally the motto of entertainment. Let's render unto Ceaser what is Ceaser's-basically anchovy paste and bread crumbs.

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  • NateMan

    Sorry, dude, you lost all the points with this:
    "... look like a frat boy date rapist."

    He absolutely looks like a frat boy. I work at a major state school so yeah, that's a perfectly valid line. You want to say he looks like a douchebag? Fine. You want to say his humor is hit or miss, that he relies on the same style time and again, that he's not nearly as talented as some people who have to work twice as hard for half the acclaim? Acceptable.

    But date rapist? Seriously, what all the fucks makes it okay to say that? As a guy who volunteers his time teaching workshops on sex education and sexual assault at the university, local high schools, and various other institutions, I have to offer a hearty 'fuuuuuuck you' to that. News flash: We all look like date rapists in the right light. And at a site which got down so heartily and rightfully on Daniel Tosh for his dipshit rape jokes, it'd be nice if similar ones weren't made at someone else's expense. It's not funny to say you hope someone gets raped. And it's not funny to say someone looks like a rapist for something as inoffensive as hair gel and a smarmy smile.

    Looks like a date rapist... Christ. If someone said that about me in my hearing, I'd punch them in the goddamn mouth. And they'd deserve it, just like you do right now.

  • Your Daddy

    Tuck your pussy flaps back in

  • Malcolm

    Nah. It was fine.

  • pockets full of stones

    Very much this. I shook in shock when I read that. Not acceptable.

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  • celery

    Well, the Academy can't sink too much lower. I understand that he's not personally odious, but goddamn, they picked the guy with the worst media.

  • Did anyone else see the variety hour special he and Alex Borstein did in 2009? I really hope the Oscars don't end up like that. I'm a fan of MacFarlane (love American Dad, loved Ted, used to enjoy Family Guy, like to pretend the Cleveland Show doesn't exist) but that variety hour was one of the worst things I've ever seen. EVER.

  • Jezzer

    Was that the animated "Cavalcade of Comedy" thing? Because I worked with someone who was a BIG fan, and would constantly quote that thing, and I would wait patiently for the joke with a blank look on my face, and then I would realize that he was done talking and that sentence he just used WAS the joke, and I would want to die.

    That being said, I think it's pretty disingenuous to say that MacFarlane is NEVER funny. His shows can be pretty hit or miss, but when he gets a good joke in, he does tend to knock it out of the park. I think he genuinely does have a good sense of humor, but needs to really work on his actual joke-telling skills and learn how to self-edit.

  • Nope, the Cavalcade was a different series. I don't remember much about it, beyond not enjoying it.

    I do have some hope that this won't be as bad as some people fear. As Arran said above, at least it won't be James Franco again or Billy Crystal for the 50 billionth time.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    All his shows ARE funny. But HE seems like a self righteous turd. And I should know, I am probably one too.

    And his eyes ARE too close together!

  • NateMan

    "You can respect someone for their talent and still dislike them for not actually being a good or nice person."

    And you know he's not because...? Far as I know he hasn't ever punched a woman, made a homophobic or racist remark, or set a puppy on fire. And seeing as how people on this site occasionally get stiffies at the thought of an Ender's Game movie, despite Card's blatant homophobia, I'm really getting confused where the bar is set.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Sorry I thought we were talking about Mel Gibson.

  • Carlito

    Because Seth Macfarlane committed one of Dustin's cardinal sins. He picked on Lorelai Gilmore and made her feel bad:

  • Kala

    Holy Carp! How I was I unaware of this?!

  • Jezzer

    In all fairness, I don't think I could be around Lorelai Gilmore for any length of time before I snapped, and I loved that show.

  • Arran

    I'm not a fan, but it still beats Billy Crystal and/or James Franco.

  • Oh god, James Franco. That was a horrible year.

  • Arran

    I actually felt sorry for Anne Hathaway, because she was trying SO hard to make it work and be entertaining, but the writing was so shitty and Franco so deadpan that it all fell completely flat. That was a weird year.

  • AudioSuede

    I even kind of like Seth MacFarlane, and I don't want him hosting the Oscars.

  • Anna von Beav

    His eyes are too close together.

    That's why I don't like him.

  • Lindzgrl

    Wouldn't it be amazing if these studio/network statements were just blatantly honest?

    "We've hired Seth McFarlane because the 20-year-olds down in marketing who we don't pay say his name trended on Twitter this year, and he made that movie with the bear and people liked it. And he's almost controversial so he'll maybe create some buzz. Hopefully he'll be offensive enough to create a lasting discussion after the show is over, whilst we pretend to be mildly shocked and appalled."

  • I really don't understand all the animosity towards MacFarlane. I mean, I know the site is for "bitchy people" and all that jazz, but really? Unless your last name is Whedon, Tennant or Fillion or you're not British you get no love around here?

  • Mrcreosote

    So I had my name legally changed to Ryan Hiddleston SkarsgÄrd Hemsworth for nothing?

  • tamatha_uhmelmahaye

    I'm not sure I can watch the Oscars if he's hosting.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Ugh... I can't stand that guy. I can't believe someone can make the same show three times, have them all on TV at the same time and still get millions of people watching all of them. That's America for you.

  • 724wd

    *american Idol *x-factor *the voice *hell's kitchen *hotel hell *america's got talent *dancing with the stars *so you think you can dance *and on and on and on...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I will grant you that, as far as I can, since I only watched the first 10 minutes of the first American Dad, and I've watched none of The Cleveland Show. Though...I almost can't blame the guy for taking advantage of public/networks/advertisers willing to give him piles of money for it.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Did you find out MacFarlane is the father of your twins or something? This is a high level of animosity for someone who is not a felon, a swindler, a celebutard, a sex-tape fame whore...

    Is he my style of humor? Aside from a few early episodes of Family Guy, no. But I don't hate him for his manscaped eyebrows and love of low humor.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm sill very confused as to what his core offe se is. It seems to be being successful with a not very good show, but you don't see him going after Chuck Lorre this hard.

  • Blake

    Don't watch, don't care.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I can't figure out if it's botox bloat or if his face really is that punchable.

  • Jezzer

    I think it was something along the lines of "*grumblemumble* Ted was actually kind of good.... *grumblespite*"

  • NeitherARoadNorAnIslandDiscuss

    Wasn't this the site that was just talking about how Seth had kinda sorta redeemed himself this year? Or have we moved on to full-on angry troll mode now?

  • zeke_the_pig

    Just have Mark Wahlberg and Ted host the damn thing and cut out the middle man.
    Or better yet, Mark Wahlberg and Tupac's hologram with Ted's voice.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    All of the upvotes.

  • Anne

    Seriously why all the hate? His shows can be pretty damn funny sometimes, Ted was hilarious, dresses well- not like he's pumping iron and popping his collars.

    So what if he's a bit of a d-bag? There are bigger assholes out there.

    As for the Khaleesi- he looks like he's a fun time, I don't blame her.

  • Tammy

    the Seth MacFarlane hate has veered into full-on-Veruca-Salt-tantrum mode
    around here. "But, Daddy, I don't WANT that person who makes that thing I
    don't like to succeed!!!!" *stomp stomp stomp*

    It's becoming pathological, guys.

  • Guest

    Yeah, the Seth MacFarlane has veered into full-on-Veruca-Salt-tantrum mode around here. "But, Daddy, I don't WANT that person who makes that thing I don't like to succeed!!!!" *stomp stomp stomp*

    It's becoming pathological, guys.

  • Wednesday

    I guess you're fighting repetition with repetition?

    He's not funny. He makes a reference to some pop-culture item du jour and waits for the laugh. That's a seventh-grade brand of humor, and if you happen to be a seventh grader, it makes you a comic genius. But if you're the seventh grade teacher, surrounded by a roomful of future McFarlanes, it makes you an instant advocate for mandatory birth control.

  • Tammy

    The repetition in my post was a Disqus error, actually. But seriously, Pajibaverse has had the "definition of funny" debate roughly a thousand times, and yet it still happens every. time.
    And it is so. dull. Every. Time.
    Saying "He's not funny" is bullshit; as if there is an empirical value of "Funny" in the universe that one must match in order to qualify as "Funny Person."
    Seth MacFarlane is not funny TO YOU. To me, he often bombs but just as often makes me chortle [the "Multiverse" episode of Family Guy is sheer brilliance].
    And nope, I'm not an undereducated troglodyte or seventh-grader - I make experimental theater in New York, have a very nice reputation amongst established artists thankyouverymuch, and I have a terminal degree from a well known and well regarded institution of higher learning. I'm not exactly "Idiocracy" over here.
    I keep popping up on these threads because in seven years of reading Pajiba, I have yet to see comparable (and yes less explained) vitriol towards one celebrity, and I just don't get why he's so polarizing here. Even the "Skank Cancer/Rainbow Killer" debacle circa Aught 7 didn't inspire such vitriol. I just don't get it.

  • Eve

    I'm sorry. Not only the show's whole concept but many things he takes from The Simpsons. The "sheer brilliance" in "Road to Multiverse" he copied from a Treehouse of Horror sketch -- the one where Homer keeps travelling back in time (because of a toaster) and every tiny little thing he does, he changes the scenarios that are remarkably similar to the ones in "Road to Multiverse". There's even a moment where The Flintstones house is shown; or another where everything is perfect.

    The only difference is that The Simpsons didn't elaborate (it was a 10 minutes sketch, after all).

    There's another joke he copied: the one where Stewie "flies" because his muscles deflated in "Stew-roids". That was originally shown in a Simpsons episode (Old Jewish Man flies because of the saggy skin on his arms).

    Seth MacFarlane's humor wouldn't annoy me so much (I can skip his shows) if it wasn't so plagiaristic. It's infuriating to see someone making a ridiculous amount of money, and being regarded as a creative comedian when basically what he's been doing, all this time, is simply copying someone else's work.

    I will ALWAYS love Trey Parker and Matt Stone for tearing him a new one with those two episodes from South Park, "Cartoon Wars".

  • Tammy

    I do find it hilarious that the main argument you're making is "SIMPSONS DID IT!"; the exact argument Matt Stone and Trey Parker made (and debunked for themselves) on an episode at least 7 years ago. The Simpsons have done EVERYTHING; it's not possible to make a show that isn't some kind of rehash of at least one episode of the Simpsons. Professor Chaos learned it the hard way.

    So, great - we've established you don't dig Seth MacFarlane because he riffs on existing material. That's totally valid. I simply disagree with the assessment that it renders his work un-laugh-worthy - lots of comics/cartoons/TV series rip each other off. All of Shakespeare's plays (to make a totally inappropriate comparison) are ripped off of existing plots except for one [Midsummer]. Every single one. Just some food for thought.

    The fact remains that people finding it funny in no way affects your life - it's not as though Family Guy takes audience from either The Simpsons or South Park (often people, like myself, watch all three.) So, great - hate away and don't watch it; but I still don't see the reason to either forth at the mouth about it, or to assume that fans must be idiots.

  • Eve

    There's a difference between being influenced by someone and flat out copying what they do -- MacFarlane does the latter. And I listed only two, from the few episodes I managed to watch while I was waiting for other shows. There are many, many more.

    The whole argument that it's ok for him to copy because everybody else does it sounds like something a Lady Gaga fan would come up with. He's still copying, and that's still a reason for why I find him unfunny -- I have seen the same joke done before, and better, by someone else.

    And where did I say his fans were idiots? It's interesting that that's the automatic, defensive response from Family Guy fans whenever anyone points out the bleeding obvious (that he's not original, nor creative, that his humor is extremely derivative): "Do they think I am/are they calling me an idiot because I love his particular brand of humor?". No, I did not assume that. Humor is subjective.

    You say you're ok with me "hating away" (by the way, being annoyed by someone DOES NOT translate into hating said person), but then you proceed to argue that I have no reasons for that. You think I'm "frothing at the mouth", but it's you who seem to be particularly invested in proving he is funny when, in fact, you could accept that many think the opposite (for the very same reasons you like him).

  • Eve

    By the way, it IS possible to make a show that isn't (or doesn't look like) a flat out copy of The Simpsons. I've watched Bob's Burgers first season and have yet to see some dramatic similarities between the two shows (except the fact it's an American family of five) -- at least, not like the ones I've seen in every single one of MacFarlane shows, which is just one show, done three times:

  • Jezzer

    And sometimes the non sequitur humor of "Family Guy" really works. The squid at the dining table will never fail to be funny to me.

  • Tammy

    I find this whole discussion fascinating. The more people shyly pop up to suggest "Hey, I kinda think sometimes he's funny and stuff...". the more other people seem to be enraged with "NO HE'S NOT FUNNY YOU'RE STUPID GAAAAHD KILL IT WITH FIRE."

    But, like, dude makes me laugh. Brian the Dog is funny to me. Adam West gets to play himself as Mayor Adam West. I like that alien guy on American Dad. And MacFarlane's always solid when he guests on Robot Chicken, which I adore (and is full of talent otherwise adored on this here website - Donald Faison, Seth Green, and basically every other voice in pop culture).

    Why is this such a controversial position? I'm fascinated in a purely anthropological manner at this point - you'd think I suggested that babies are the other white meat, from the reactions (and downvotes) I'm getting...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'll come to your OOB ensemble-based show about intense levels of hatred aimed at people whose shows we don't have to watch. (I always find the oversaturation claim a lame one IF SOMEONE HAS CLICKED ON AN ARTICLE ABOUT SAID OVERSATURATED PERSON)

  • David Sorenson

    I'd say it's half because of a perceived lack of talent and half because of oversaturation. I'd certainly hate him less if it was merely that I didn't think he was funny. The problem is that there seems to always be a rerun of Family Guy or American Dad on. Doesn't matter the day or time of day. If I'm clicking, he's gonna be there. Same jokes that I find unfunny. All the time.

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