Oscars host Macfarlane’s joke angers Jewish groups

Click photo to download. Caption: Seth MacFarlane, host of the 85th Academy Awards, creator of Family Guy, American Dad, and co-creator of The Cleveland Show. MacFarlane came under fire during the Oscar ceremony for some offensive humor making fun of women, Jews and others. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Jewish watchdog organizations have expressed anger at Seth Macfarlane, the host of Sunday night’s Academy Awards, for jokes regarding Jews in Hollywood. During the ceremony, MacFarlane brought a stuffed bear from his movie, “Ted,” who then stated that “I was born Theodore Shapiro and I would like to donate to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever.”

On Monday, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said “no one should get a free pass for helping to promote anti-Semitism,” and the Anti Defamation League (ADL) called the comments “offensive,” according to the New York Daily News.

“It is unfortunate that at a time when anti-Semitism is so prevalent throughout the world that Seth MacFarlane used the pulpit of the Oscars, before an audience of more than a billion people to contribute to the myth that Jews own Hollywood,” Rabbi Marvin Hier, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in a statement.

Members of the Jewish community were not the only ones offended by Macfarlane’s humor while hosting the Oscars. Macfarlane also caused outrage among women by showing a video montage of different actresses in films where they had to appear nude, titled “We Saw Your Boobs,” and by making fun of domestic violence. He also joked that the actor who best got into the head of Abraham Lincoln was John Wilkes Booth (who murdered Lincoln).

Posted on February 26, 2013 .