MacFarlane ‘only doing what was expected’

Jake Tapley

As a lover of the arts, I didn’t hesitate to watch the Oscars on Sunday. And after reading some unfavorable reviews about it, I think people need to stop and think about it logically.

The award show was hosted by the comical Seth MacFarlane, who is the mastermind behind “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “Ted.” MacFarlane’s brand of frequently offensive humor has given him a solidified reputation – a reputation that should have been considered when choosing him to host.

Now, let me stop your train of thought right there. I, for one, loved Seth MacFarlane’s sense of humor and thought it enhanced the entertainment quality of the Oscars. I would also like to say that the musical numbers that he performed alongside celebrities like Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were classy and well-done.

Even the crude humor of “We Saw Your Boobs” feels negated due to the way it was presented and performed.

But there are those who thought that his jokes were in poor taste. I would like to address those people for a second. I know that you weren’t a part of the Oscars-host-selection-process. But let’s say you were.

Why do you think you would pick Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars? To look good in a suit? I doubt that very much.

I think that he was picked to tell jokes and be the typical funnyman that is Seth MacFarlane. I mean, the people who picked him probably saw him host the “Celebrity Roasts.” They knew what to expect.

And asking MacFarlane to host without his brand of humor is basically asking him to strip himself of his personality, which, by the way, is essential to being a TV personality, let alone the host of an awards show.

Think of any talk show host, news reporter or sports announcer being stripped of their personalities. That would ruin everything that was previously good about that program for you, wouldn’t it? The same thing applies here.

If everyone is going to continue to be up in arms about MacFarlane making a joke about Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, or Chris Brown and Rihanna, or Jews in Hollywood, they should point the fingers at the people who picked him.

He was only doing what was expected of him.