The New Yorker wrote:The song was part of a larger skit whose premise was that William Shatner, as Captain Kirk, sends MacFarlane a message from the future about the dumb things he might do while hosting the Oscars. But that premise is not an excuse.
The premise WAS the excuse. Does this writer think McFarlane came up with this skit and his own jokes? There's a whole staff that works on it. This is the OSCAR PEOPLE doing this. Don't shoot the messenger!!
Absolutely agree. As he first launched into his bland monologue, my wife and I both looked at each other and said "This isn't very funny." Then the Shatner/Kirk thing started, and we realized it was part of the schtick. Considering "the song" was preceded by the warning from Kirk that "you're about to sing a song that offends every woman in the audience!", I thought it would be pretty obvious to everyone what was coming. And the staged cut-aways of "offended" actresses were not to be taken seriously. At this point, even my wife said "Now this is funny!"
Seems to me the writer of that article would have preferred an Oscars hosted by Buzz Killington (look it up if you don't know the reference).
When you hire Seth MacFarlane, you know what you're getting. Articles like this remind me of the old parable of the scorpion and the frog. When the frog is shocked at getting stung, the scorpion says "But you knew it's in my nature." Of course, then they both sink to the bottom of the river.... Take the analogy what it's worth.
gh wrote:I like Family Guy a lot, but MacFarlane was a disgusting pig on this one. Felt like I'd been whisked into a '60s frat party.
I fail to see how these are dissimilar! Have you ever seen the "Family Guy Live" clips on the DVDs?