The truth be­hind We­in­stein Os­cars joke

Calgary Sun - - SHOWBIZ - — Wenn

ac­tor-and-film­maker Seth MacFar­lane has re­vealed his joke about Har­vey We­in­stein at the Os­cars was in­spired by “loathing and anger.”

the Fam­ily Guy cre­ator and Ted star hosted the 85th academy awards cer­e­mony in 2013, and when it came time to an­nounce the best Sup­port­ing ac­tress nom­i­nees, which in­cluded anne Hath­away and amy adams, Seth quipped, “con­grat­u­la­tions, you five ladies no longer have to pre­tend to be at­tracted to Har­vey We­in­stein.”

Seth ad­dressed his joke di­rectly in a state­ment on twit­ter, con­firm­ing spec­u­la­tion he took a swipe against We­in­stein in a bid to call at­ten­tion to the pro­ducer’s al­leged abuses.

“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,” MacFar­lane re­called. “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.”

Seth added: “Make no mis­take, this (joke) came from a place of loathing and anger.”

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