Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Seth MacFarlane's 2013 joke about Weinstein makes sense now

Brad Pitt confronted Harvey Weinstein at a movie premiere in the mid 1990s after being told by his then girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow that he had propositioned her Seth MacFarlane joked about Weinstein's misconduct at 2013 Oscar nominations
Nicole Thomas | 12 October, 2017, 06:23

Weinstein was sacked from The Weinstein Company on Sunday amid the sexual harassment controversy, after The New York Times published a report last week claiming Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women over sexual harassment claims spanning three decades.

In recent days, the joke has been seen to take on new meaning as shocking stories have come to light regarding Weinstein's gross treatment of women.

After naming the actresses, he said, "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".

"We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart".

She said she met with the producer in a hotel room in 2011 and he offered her a film role if she would give him a naked massage in bed.

MacFarlane then read aloud the names of the five Best Supporting Actress Nominees, which included Sally Field,Anne Hathaway,Jacki Weaver, Helen Hunt and Amy Adams, all of whom with the exception of Field have worked with the movie mogul on previous projects.

Comedian Seth MacFarlane, best known for creating Fox sitcom Family Guy and the Ted film franchise, raised eyebrows in 2013 with a pointed dig at Harvey Weinstein, which has been rediscovered as "decades' worth of sexual harassment accusation" against Weinstein were exposed in a New York Times article last week. Some have pointed to the clip as a tacit admission that Weinstein's behavior has always been known, but not discussed or confronted, in Hollywood.

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On Wednesday, MacFarlane explained that he wasn't merely going for a laugh but trying to "take a hard swing" at Weinstein for the advances against Barth.

Barth quickly came to MacFarlane's defense, saying MacFarlane was "respecting my wishes" by not confronting Weinstein.

- Jessica Barth (@_jessicabarth_) October 11, 2017 Oh my god, seriously!? Barth wrote. "STOP! He was respecting my decision!"

Jessica Barth, who has also been among them, also took to Twitter to defend her friend, saying he should be "applauded" for the joke as he was one of the few men courageous enough to speak out.

MacFarlane praised Barth for coming forward to publicly tell her story.

MacFarlane added,"There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this".

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