Thank you Lily in Canada for the idea. (This is about the Oscars, I have to thank someone.)
The 2013 Academy Award presentation was held February 24. I didn’t see it because I was busy at the beach.
Seth MacFarlane, creator of The Family Guy, hosted this year’s Oscars. And he sang this song:
The song made Naomi Watts look like this:
and Charlize Theron looked like this:
And Huffington Post Blogger, Jamie Lee Curtis, posted this. I’ll wait while you read it. Go ahead, it’s not very long.
Here is my Open Letter to Jamie Lee Curtis.
Let me begin by saying that I really like both Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda. Your dad’s movie, Some Like It Hot, is rightly one of the great movies of all time. Bye, Bye Birdie is one of my go to comfort movies. Your husband, Christopher Guest, is a comic genius and bravo to both of you for keeping a Hollywood marriage going for almost 30 years.
I write that to let you know that, while I have never met you, I appreciate your talent and the talent of your family. You seem like someone I would like. But on the issue of the marvelous Seth MacFarlane song “We Saw Your Boobs” (hahaha), I disagree with your HuffPost blog.
The Academy knew what they were getting with Seth MacFarlane. I am a proud fan of The Family Guy and can’t wait to see the movie Ted again. The Academy, the show producers, the powers that be made the decision to not play it safe, knowing no one is safe with Seth MacFarlane. No one. And I think that is why he is so popular, he makes fun of everyone and everything. If you cringe, so be it. If you can’t handle it, there are 700 other channels to watch.
I didn’t understand the selection of MacFarlane to host the show mainly because he’s made his name in TV but it wasn’t my call. The Academy or at least the producers of the show were clearly aiming at a particular demographic with his selection. MacFarlane is funny, cuter than hell, has a great singing voice and no fear.
You didn’t like his song. You found it to be offensive. I’d say the song and dance number was juvenile but so what? It’s the Academy Awards, not midnight Mass. Perspective seems to have been lost in this uproar. The Academy Awards is an award show for people who did a good job acting in movies, or directing movies, or writing or stage design for MOVIES. These people didn’t cure cancer. (My mother died of cancer so if Charlize Theron or Naomi Watts want to figure that out, that would be fantastic.) They haven’t stopped child abuse. They haven’t made advances in healing and prosthetics for our returning veterans. Nope. They are really good at acting in movies, portraying roles, being paid to be someone else.
Jamie, you wrote that we should be talking about Argo’s “lovely win”. I’m with you there. I think Argo is a fantastic movie; and it is also a movie produced and directed by Ben Affleck. Ben was mocked universally and mercilessly during his Bennifer/Gigli days. Then in 2007, Gone Baby Gone was released and everyone sat up in their theater seats and said, “whoa, this guy is the real deal and he is a serious talent”. Did you listen to Ben’s acceptance speech? He had some wise words that are worth following both inside and outside Hollywood.
You can’t hold grudges. It’s hard but you can’t hold grudges. And it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life because that’s going to happen.
I think the anger at Seth MacFarlane is misplaced. He was just having fun. He was simply being an entertainer, a comedian. Ernie Kovacs, Joan Rivers and George Carlin were all once vilified for going too far. That didn’t mean they weren’t talented, just edgy. Your frustration, anger and disgust would be better directed at the predominantly male Hollywood hierarchy of studio heads, writers, directors and producers. For example, I don’t think baring your breasts in Trading Places was necessary to movie the story along. The audience understood Ophelia was a hooker. After reading your above-referenced blog post, it appears that someone told you that you had to take your shirt off for that movie. Wouldn’t it make more sense to hold those decision makers responsible? Or, perhaps, even yourself? What price fame?
I don’t care if an actress appears topless or gives us the full Monty in a movie. Plenty have and there are those who have not. Julia Roberts played a hooker in Pretty Woman without showing her boobs. Julia Roberts has won an Oscar and has never showed her boobs. The bottom line (har) is that if an actress decides to bare some or all of herself, she has to live with the decision and the repercussions, comments, reviews that come with it.
I am raising two teenage daughters in this digital age. I have done my best to impress upon them that once they post a photo on their phone, to Facebook, to Instagram, to Twitter, etc. that photo is there for GOOD. Just as once a movie is on celluloid, then VHS, then DVD, Netflix, YouTube…it’s permanent. If you don’t want anyone to make fun of something you did and made a permanent record of, then don’t do it.
To all the actresses upset by “We Saw Your Boobs” I say, “keep your shirts on.”
And to Seth, thank you for making me laugh till it hurts.