Saturday, March 2, 2013

With Seth MacFarlane, What Did They Expect?

I didn't watch the Oscars, but I've heard some backlash about Seth MacFarlane and his hosting job. I can't really get too wound up about this. I can't quite understand how the marketing/PR folks or whoever the hell it is who books these things and says, "Hey, let's get Madonna/Seth MacFarlane/Michael Moore to host whatever it is we're doing? Do they honestly expect Madonna to tone down her act? Do they expect Seth MacFarlane to do tasteful jokes? Do they think Michael Moore is going to celebrate corporate America?

Well, I guess they do. People are freaking out about MacFarlane's hosting duties. I happen to like the guy; I think he's a talented singer/songwriter, plus I think he's attractive. What the powers that be don't seem to realize is that he has enough money to tell people to kiss his ass. He's made his money in Hollywood, sure, but he is also savvy enough to point out the hypocrisy that runs rampant in this nation.

The "We Saw Your Boobs" song was funny. Come on, it WAS funny! And face it, these movies are not hard-core porn. These women get paid a hell of a lot of money to bare themselves on film. These actresses will not publicly admit how sizeist and sexist Hollywood is, because they want to continue to get parts. Check out how shlubby, fat guys on sitcoms and in the movies ALWAYS have gorgeous wives. Yes, it's probably not like that in real life (I see a lot of couples and usually they are about equal in terms of looks) but you will never, EVER see a shlubby, fat  woman with a drop dead gorgeous guy in the movies or on television. Where are the complaints about THAT?

And of course, the whole thing about actresses having to be size zero and so forth or they won't get work. Listen: at one time I was a size zero, except back then, it was a size 7/8. Word. I had a 22-23 inch waist, and it was the thinnest I'd EVER been as an adult. But back then, the smallest size I could get into was a size 7/8. And of course now, that's borderline fatso size, although I'd kill to be that skinny again. Well, not really. But I think you know what I mean.

MacFarlane deals in tasteless jokes. I don't feel sorry for the Oscar people choosing this guy. THEY chose HIM. You take someone who doesn't take Hollywood seriously and give him Oscar hosting duties? Good luck with that. Of course he's going to joke about everything Hollywood holds dear.

While I acknowledge that women get a shitty deal a large part of the time, how about some rich women building their OWN movie studios and making some movies that hold men to ridiculous standards? Surely, there are some insanely rich women out there (ya listening, Madonna?) who could pony up money for a studio and start producing some good movies, which are also directed by women.

And ladies, if you are ashamed of your boobs, and don't want anyone to see them, then don't post your photos of yourselves in your bras and whatever on Facebook. Don't send them to your soon-to-be-ex boyfriend. In other words, DON'T BE STUPID. Men can't critique them if they can't see 'em.

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