Seth MacFarlane is One of Ours
Posted by Ethan Clow on February 26, 2013
If you’ve been anywhere near social media these last few days, you know the Oscars happened on Sunday. And you also probably know they were terrible.
Sadly, or I guess goodly, I missed the Oscars. I was out all evening Sunday, however I did pvr the Academy Awards to watch when I got home. But when I attempted to sit and watch the award show gala, I was so put off by the terribleness, I just couldn’t sit through it. The overwhelming badness of the show was caused by two problems. One was that my pvr did a horrible job recording, it was skipping and choppy and made it awful. The second reason was the terrible hosting of Seth MacFarlane.
Seth MacFarlane, is the creator of Family Guy and American Dad cartoons for Fox. Their pretty juvenile shows, sort of like South Park but without the satire. I admit to being a fan when it first came out but its sort of lost its vibe.
So the question of course is where did MacFarlane go wrong? The big strike against him seems to be offensive nature of his jokes. Unlike, say Ricky Gervais, who essentially roasted the attendees when he hosted the Golden Globes, MacFarlane decided to rely on some crass stereotypes for his humour.
Of course, even if no one cared about mean stereotypes, MacFarlane’s attempts at humour were lacking. At one point he asked Daniel Day Lewis if he had tried to free Don Cheadle because he was “so in character as Lincoln.”
There was polite laughter from the audience but few others are laughing. There have been a series of negative reviews of the award show, most calling out MacFarlane for his misogynistic jokes and racial stereotypes that he trodded out.
So he’s another bad comedian. Big deal right? Well I’m sorry to do this to you, skeptic community… but Seth MacFarlane is one of ours.
One of the characters on his show, which he voices, is a fan of Hitchens and Bill Maher and is also an outspoken atheist. And he’s mentioned how that character has sort of become his “voice” both metaphorically and literally on Family Guy.
MacFarlane also announced that he was was teaming up with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan (Carl Sagan’s widow) to produce a new version of Cosmos for Fox.
So… the same guy who sung a song at the Oscars about movies that female actresses in the audience showed their boobs in, is producing the next version of Cosmos….
So all this is to say, Seth MacFarlane is or will soon be a house hold name when it comes to the free-thought community. And since he’s a good deal more famous than pretty much any “celebrity” in the skeptic community, there’s a good chance this guy could become the face of our movement in the near future.