Did you hate Seth MacFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs” song at this year’s Oscars? If so it’s your own fault, according to the show’s producers.
It has been three weeks since the 85th annual Oscars, and the show’s producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are still defending host Seth MacFarlane for his controversial “We Saw Your Boobs” song, which calls out several high-profile actresses who have appeared topless in films. Most of the criticism directed at MacFarlane alleges that the host’s song was sexist, since it referenced nude scenes in film that depicted rape.
But Meron and Zadan say that MacFarlane’s critics missed the joke.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at Saturday night’s GLAAD Awards, the two producers said that they were “really proud” of MacFarlane’s hosting job, partially because the controversy surrounding the show thrust the Oscars into “the cultural conversation.”
But still, most folks in “the cultural conversation” have nothing nice to say about MacFarlane’s hosting gig. Writing for The Huffington Post, actress Jamie Lee Curtis lambasted MacFarlane, and the awards in general.
“The ‘boob’ song, as it will be known in perpetuity, may go down as the highest-rated Oscar number in history, but at what cost?” Curtis asked. “I’m sure public executions would get big ratings too, but is that what the Oscars are truly about? Ratings? When did they turn into a ‘roast’?”
Another actress who criticized MacFarlane’s Oscar performance was Jane Fonda, who wrote on her website:
“What I really didn’t like was the song and dance number about seeing actresses boobs. I agree with someone who said, ‘If they want to stoop to that, why not list all the penises we’ve seen?’ Better yet, remember that this is a telecast seen around the world watched by families with their children and to many this is neither appropriate or funny.”
But Zadan says that anyone upset over “We Saw Your Boobs” just missed the joke.
“It was not about the women that were mentioned, the song was about him being a bad host and him being a juvenile, which was why he was a bad host,” Zadan said. Meron added: “Everyone who complained missed the joke, it was satire.”
“We live in a society that is not very conscious of satire anymore, they’re very serious,” he said.
Additionally, Zadan added that some people he has spoken to didn’t think MacFarlane went far enough.
“I spoke to somebody yesterday and they were disappointed that he didn’t go further,” he recalled. “So you can’t really gauge; somebody thinks it’s too much, some people think its just enough… he brought in the youngest demos that the Oscars have ever had.”
What did you think of Seth MacFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs?” Was it offensive? Did we miss the joke, or was the joke just not funny? Sound off after taking a second look at the video below: