MacFarlane's Most Offensive Oscar Jokes

Boos, groans mixed with laughs for rookie host
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2013 3:35 AM CST
MacFarlane's Most Offensive Oscar Jokes
Host Seth MacFarlane performs onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Academy bosses must have known Seth MacFarlane would come to the Oscars armed with a few bad-taste jokes—and the Family Guy creator did not disappoint. Some of the rookie host's more controversial moments, as per Entertainment Weekly and the Huffington Post:

  • Django Unchained "is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who’s been subjected to unthinkable violence—or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, 'a date movie,'" MacFarlane said. Boos were heard when he added, "A lot of controversies over the use of the n-word in the film. I’m told apparently the screenplay is loosely based on Mel Gibson's voicemails"

  • Daniel Day-Lewis isn't the first actor to be nominated for playing Lincoln, but "I would argue, though, the actor who really got inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth." After groans from the audience, MacFarlane said, "Really, 150 years and it’s still too soon? I’ve got some Napoleon jokes coming up—you guys are going to be so mad."
  • On Quvenzhane Wallis, at 9 years old the youngest Best Actress nominee ever: "To give you an idea of just how young she is, it will be 16 years before she’s too old for (George) Clooney."
  • MacFarlane's musical number "We Saw Your Boobs" recounted times when moviegoers have seen the breasts of leading actresses. Sample lyric: "Anne Hathaway, we saw your boobs in Brokeback Mountain / Halle Berry, we saw them in Monster's Ball / Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut / Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler, but / We haven't seen Jennifer Lawrence's boobs at all."
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