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Re: Yes, Seth, too soon

posted at 4:07 pm on February 25, 2013 by

Duane, I also found the Lincoln assassination joke to be in poor taste, but it didn’t really offend me.  Cheap, offensive one-liners are MacFarlane’s calling card.   Sometimes they can be irreverently hilarious; just as often, they fall flat.  What tends to bother me more than crassness or shock humor is unfunniness from handsomely-compensated comedians.  MacFarlane’s snark about the “Christian Right,” for instance, was beyond lame.  In introducing presenters Daniel Radcliffe and (a totally charisma-free) Kristen Stewart, the grinning emcee quipped, “He’s a boy wizard and she’s a girl vampire. Together, they are pretty much everything the Christian Right thinks is wrong about Hollywood.”  Har!  How edgy.

But never fear, Generalissimo — you’re  not alone in your high dudgeon.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz also pronounced herself offended by last night’s telecast.  Wah-wah.

 

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The producers could have easily shaved a full hour from this typically bloated telecast by removing MacFarlane’s flat jokes (which was 99 percent of them) and all of the presenter schtick (it looked like most of them hadn’t even rehearsed).

diditagain on February 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

someone should ask him “Hey Seth, I know you were supposed to be on 1 of the planes on 9/11 that hit the WTC, wouldn’t it have been funny if you were on that plane?” See if he thinks that’s funny.

gsherin on February 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

It just wasn’t funny.

How about Parker and Stone next year? They can be offensive *and* funny.

Abelard on February 25, 2013 at 4:36 PM

said entertainment expert, Scott Huve

Is that a self-described position?

herm2416 on February 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Say, did you hear what Booth told his doctor? “Your name is Mudd!”

Seth Halpern on February 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Remember when Bob Hope hosted? Classy times, classy times.

rbj on February 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Remember when Bob Hope hosted? Classy times, classy times.

rbj on February 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

How far their stars have fallen..I never used to miss a show…I have not tuned in since 2007.

Alinsky on February 25, 2013 at 4:59 PM

presenters Daniel Radcliffe and (a totally charisma-free coked-out) Kristen Stewart

steebo77 on February 25, 2013 at 5:43 PM

ok, I talked about silly Super Bowl commercials but really? This is an issue people care about?

Slade73 on February 25, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The real question is why anyone with an ounce of self-respect and an intelligence level even slightly above retarded even watched that suck-fest.

woodNfish on February 25, 2013 at 6:31 PM

(a totally charisma-free) Kristen Stewart

I’m pretty sure that’s the default setting on that particular appliance.

The Schaef on February 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM

The real question is why anyone with an ounce of self-respect and an intelligence level even slightly above retarded even watched that suck-fest.

woodNfish on February 25, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Honey Boo Boo is Masterpiece theatre compared to the Oscars.

arnold ziffel on February 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

someone should ask him “Hey Seth, I know you were supposed to be on 1 of the planes on 9/11 that hit the WTC, wouldn’t it have been funny if you were on that plane?” See if he thinks that’s funny.

gsherin on February 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

haha, then he’ll whine about how “offended” he is… as if anyone’s supposed to care…

Sachiko on February 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

I thought MacFarlane’s “introduction” of Meryl Streep was hilarious.

guido911 on February 25, 2013 at 7:21 PM

McFarland’s shows are unwatchable. The Simpsons are Einsteinian (if that’s a word) in comparison to the offensive and juvenile garbage McFarland peddles.

Mr. Curly on February 25, 2013 at 7:42 PM

The real question is why anyone with an ounce of self-respect and an intelligence level even slightly above retarded even watched that suck-fest.

woodNfish on February 25, 2013 at 6:31 PM

This is a nation where a show written by people who never mentally progressed past telling poop jokes in gradeschool has gone into multiple seasons and has a massive fanbase, and where “who mah bebbydeddy?” reality shows are all the rage.

There’s the answer to your question.

MelonCollie on February 25, 2013 at 8:24 PM

The real question is why anyone with an ounce of self-respect and an intelligence level even slightly above retarded even watched that suck-fest.

woodNfish on February 25, 2013 at 6:31 PM

This is a nation where a show written by people who never mentally progressed past telling poop jokes in gradeschool has gone into multiple seasons and has a massive fanbase, and where “who mah bebbydeddy?” reality shows are all the rage.

There’s the answer to your question.

MelonCollie on February 25, 2013 at 8:24 PM

In a word, “Culture Rot”. Well, OK, two words. Whatever.

bofh on February 25, 2013 at 8:47 PM

In a word, “Culture Rot”. Well, OK, two words. Whatever.

bofh on February 25, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Heh.

MelonCollie on February 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

The intro with William Shatner was so lame and went on forever.

So Seth’s checklist for edgy joke material:
Christians – check
Jews – check
Women – check
Conservatives – check
Assassination of Lincoln – check

Wouldn’t it have been more edgy if he’d included the following:
Muslims – check
Obama – check
Democrats – check
Assassination of JFK and MLK – check

The Christian joke was predictable, but not particularly offensive or funny to me. There are some Christian groups that protest Harry Potter, so I guess he can claim some element of truth to his really lame joke.

What happened to Hollywood’s outrage about the war on women? They get up in arms because Mitt had binders full of women, but the boob song gets the ok for the Oscars.

After all the wailing and gnashing of teeth from Hollywood regarding gun violence, they honor Quentin Tarrantino, the king of violent movies.

Ibanez Lotus on February 25, 2013 at 8:56 PM

I watched that video above. The bit just isn’t funny.

Jerry Lewis told a Lincoln joke when I saw him in DAMN YANKEES. It’s actually kind of racy, so I don’t think I should repeat it here. I will say, however, it got a big laugh in part because, come on, it’s Jerry Lewis!

LADY!

SagebrushPuppet on February 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Seth McFarland uses his despicable cartoons as a vehicle to brainwash and corrupt young minds. He is an agent of obamas rogue government that is on a mission to destroy our society and traditions and rebuild a marxist utopia. If you disagree with me you are either too stupid to realize or you are in on it.

long_cat on February 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM