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Seth MacFarlane Reveals Angry Intention Behind His 2013 Harvey Weinstein Joke
Oct 12, 2017 by: WENN
Actor-and-filmmaker Seth MacFarlane has revealed his joke about Harvey Weinstein at the OSCARS was inspired by "loathing and anger."
The Family Guy creator and Ted star hosted the 85th Academy Awards ceremony in 2013, and when it came time to announce the Best Supporting Actress nominees, which included Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams, MacFarlane quipped, "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein."
The jab returned to the headlines this week amid the furore surrounding Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct accusations, which have been detailed in exposes in The New York Times and New Yorker magazine.
Stars like Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mira Sorvino have since come forward with stories about Weinstein's inappropriate behavior, and editors at some news outlets have suggested MacFarlane made the Oscars joke intentionally to warn the public about the film executive's predatory reputation.
MacFarlane addressed his joke directly in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday, confirming speculation he took a swipe against Weinstein in a bid to call attention to the producer's alleged abuses.
"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 recalled. "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."
Barth was one of the women who shared her story of abuse in Ronan Farrow's New Yorker piece.
"Make no mistake, this (joke) came from a place of loathing and anger," MacFarlane added. "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, for being champions of the truth."
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