Anti-Defamation League Slams Seth MacFarlane And The Oscars Over Jewish Jokes

Anti-Defamation League Slams Seth MacFarlane And The Oscars Over Jewish Jokes

Seth MacFarlane’s unevenly received stint as the host of last night’s Oscars has now drawn the wrath of the Anti-Defamation League over “Jewish jokes” aired during the telecast.

The Jewish media-monitoring organization (ADL), led by Abraham Foxman, took exception on Monday morning blasting MacFarlane and the Academy for a segment of the show it believes perpetuate anti-semitic stereotypes.

The skit in question featured actor Mark Wahlberg and Ted — the expletive-prone, digital teddy bear — that “starred” alongside Wahlberg and Mila Kunis in the MacFarlane-directed hit Ted last summer.

After walking on stage to introduce awards for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing, Ted — voiced by MacFarlane — joked that Jews controlled Hollywood and that being Jewish was necessary to advance in the industry, said The Hollywood Reporter.

After questioning Wahlberg about the origin of the “Berg” part of his last name, to which Wahlberg gruffly replied that he was “catholic” — Ted declared:

“I was born Theodore Shapiro and I would like to donate to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever.”

But while the Dolby Theater audience seemed to find the sketch amusing, the ADL did not, Media Market Journal notes.

Anti-Defamation League Slams Seth MacFarlane And The Oscars Over Jewish Jokes
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