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Seth MacFarlane explained his
Harvey Weinstein joke
by Nathan'ette Burdine: October 24, 2017

Seth MacFarlane took to Twitter to explain his 2013 Harvey Weinstein joke that has some folks looking at him sideways.

During his 2013 hosting of the Oscars, Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone were presenting the award for Best Supporting Actress in a film.

The actresses who were nominated were Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Jackie Weaver, Helen Hunt, and Amy Adams.

These are women who are well established within the film industry and aren’t asked to do “Harvey Weinstein” like things in order to get ahead.

I’m not saying that Fields, Hathaway, Weaver, Hunt, or Adams had to do “Weinstein” like things in order to make it in Hollywood.

But, I am saying that there are some women who have had unfortunate experiences in the industry.

Sexual harassment MacFarlane recognized this and used it as an opportunity to highlight how some women allegedly get introduced to the “Weinstein” way: “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” MacFarlane joked.

Folks in the audience didn’t think it was too funny, though. And many of them probably didn’t think it was too funny because it’s an open secret that folks don’t suppose to tell. That’s why the folks who did laugh gave one of those “O-kay” laughs. Y’all know, the laugh where folks don’t think you should be saying what you’re saying? Yeah, one of those.

For his part, MacFarlane had one of those, “yeah, I just said that shit,” type of look while Stone had one of those “please hurry it along” look on her face. I’m not knocking MacFarlane.

I understand why he did what he did. MacFarlane was battling with how to tell what his friend, actress Jessica Barth, didn’t want him to tell anyone about her experience and his feelings about Weinstein being a nasty, nasty, nasty bastard.

MacFarlane tweeted, “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…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, this came from a place of loathing and anger. 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, and for being champions of the truth.”

MacFarlane did what only he could do without betraying his friend’s trust. I can’t knock him for that. Hell, I prefer the Brad Pitt method myself; cuss yo’ ass out and then whup your ass. But, MacFarlane did things the way he did and that’s cool too.

The reaction to MacFarlane’s joke, however, was mixed on the Twitter. KRB tweeted that MacFarlane should have used a different strategy and refrained from telling a joke about a serious matter.

Chris Tiefel took a different position tweeting that Weinstein’s status would have led to the police doing what they did in New York, which is nothing after a woman gave the NYPD a tape recording of Weinstein sexually harassing her.

I’m sure y’all heard that tape. You know the tape CNN played with Weinstein begging the girl for her “pocket book?!”

MacFarlane’s friend Barth and legions of other women had similar experiences and they knew that if they came forward like the model they would be dismissed as well.

Barth most likely expressed this to MacFarlane who, by his actions, took this to heart when he made his joke; letting folks know they had a nasty, nasty, nasty muthafucka named Weinstein in the building.

Weinstein has been accused of everything from self-ejaculation in front of women, touching women inappropriately, to rape.

Due to the recent allegations, there are three active investigations, one by the NYPD and another by Scotland Yard into the allegations of sexual harassment and rape against Weinstein.

The LAPD announced via their Twitter page an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein.

Weinstein denies he did anything wrong. However, his denials are falling on deaf ears because of the number of actresses who’ve accused him of sexually harassing and/or raping them and the “open secret” about his alleged behavior.

The most important thing some folks tend to forget in this matter is that MacFarlane did the right thing by not betraying Barth by disclosing her truth that she had entrusted in him.

He also did an excellent job of telling folks in Hollywood that he knows they know that Weinstein is a nasty muthafucka, without telling them how he knows.

MacFarlane did what he could do and I can’t knock the man for that. His friend, Jessica Barth, recognized this and she tweeted, “My friend Seth was respecting my wishes. Please be sensitive to that.”

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