I found this article to be a spot on, accessible overview of why more than a few of us were cringing during much of Seth MacFarlane’s hosting gig at the Oscar’s last night.
Many people are derailing criticism saying people (read: those pesky “women’s and black rights activists” as pointed out by a coworker today) are being too sensitive, “don’t get” MacFarlane’s humour, are nitpicking at his comments which were obviously meant as jokes.
I find it difficult to come back when the humorless feminist trope is used against me when I attempt to express what I perceive as misogyny. Always wanting to be the funny girl, the ironic pop-culture junkie, brushing me off with “it’s only a joke” is perhaps as hurtful as telling me to shut up outright. But I’m not turning on a critical analysis switch to ruin your party; I’m simply tired of hearing the same joke over and over. My breasts are what make me worth having around, making myself sick to fit into a hot dress gets full approval, our talents may be recognized but only after our physical appearance. How cutting edge. MacFarlane is a maverick of comedy.
For everyone that says feminists don’t “get” MacFarlane’s brand of humour, I call bullshit. It’s another play on the same joke that has been made since woman came out of the home and into the workplace. The joke isn’t hard to understand. When MacFarlane said no one understands a word she says, but because she looks good they allow her to speak, I’m sure Salma Hayek understood that she, and the talent of all beautiful actresses in Hollywood, was the punchline.
Anyway, read the linked article above written by a female Family Guy fan for a tidy explanation of why last night was misogynist to the most boring degree.
caterpillars don’t really know what’s going to happen to them, do they. they just know they’re hungry and they eat and eat and then instinctively go, “okay now i gotta do this for some reason” and they build a cocoon, but then it must be like a weird surprise for them.
Well, I mean, what the fuck are we around for if there’s no hope for that? Do you want to see this shit go on for another fucking 40,000 years? Look at this fucking nonsense. I mean, honestly. My shit isn’t that somehow women are transhuman, that their essence is morally, ethically superior. My thing is, “Okay motherfuckers, we’ve been at this game now 40,000-plus years depending on how you rank Homo sapien civilization.” I think it’s time for a time out. For real. Dudes could use a 10,000-year time out, minimum.
What a trip this last weekend. Lesbian hippie lake commune for life.
“Booze, Bruises, and Boobs”