Seth MacFarlane somehow managed to get the job of hosting the Oscars during my 9-day hiatus. Ew.
Okay, first things first. My sincerest apologies for abandoning you all for nine days. I’m currently in Cabo, Mexico, where my internet doesn’t work, so I’ve been far less connected to the world than I usually am. Before that, the days leading up to Cabo were HECTIC. Traveling, traveling, traveling, and trying to jam as much sightseeing of Texas into like 4 days. It’s been crazy. We went to the Texas State Fair on Sunday, and it was ridiculous. Adelaidians, think the Royal Show but like 10 times the size, and with a far greater emphasis on fried foods. I ate a deep fried latte (which was actually just deep fried pastry with cappuccino ice cream on top with instant coffee and whipped cream on top) and Benji had deep fried beer, which looked like ravioli, with a cheese dip next to it. I didn’t have any, but apparently it was completely repulsive. Unsurprising.
So, okay. Who let Seth MacFarlane become the host of the 2013 Oscars while I was busy clogging up my ateries, because to me, this is completely unacceptable. Like, I actually gasped when I read this, loud enough that my friends thought something truly awful was happening. And it WAS.
Here’s my deal with MacFarlane, and it may not be a popular one, I’m not sure. I used to really, really like Family Guy, until about the 6th or 7th season, when he just started using Brian as his mouthpiece for all the (justified) critics of Family Guy, and he’d have Brian go on these long, drawn out rants about all the things that piss him off. It’s like, hello? Get a blog, that’s what they’re for, am I right?
No, but seriously, I know it’s hypocritical coming from a blogger who rants and raves, but his rants via Brian ruined the show for me, because they don’t belong in a light-hearted cartoon like Family Guy. If you have a problem with the press, MacFarlane, release a press statement and be done with it. Don’t ruin your work to make a point. It makes your shows embarrassing and uncomfortable to watch. That’s my rant about why I don’t like MacFarlane in general, and yes, I’m biased, and yes, I’m hypocritical, and yes, that’s probably going to annoy more than one of you. It is what it is.
Aside from that, though? I genuinely don’t think he’s a good fit for the Oscars, and possibly is even a worse fit than Anne and James were, and you KNOW that’s saying something. I think his humour in its element is crass, and crude, and quite frankly not up to the standards set by previous Oscar hosts. I think it’s going to be over the top, and nasty, and not in the good way that a Ricky Gervais or Billy Crystal would be. To paraphrase GOB, I think they’ve made a huuuuuuuge mistake.
Anyway, this is what he had to say about the honour:
It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars. My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast.
Meanwhile, the show’s producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said this:
We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh. He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.
What do you think? Do you think he’ll kill it at the Oscars, do you think it will flop harder than ever before, or do you think it will fall somewhere in between, along the lines of forgettable? Let me know what you think in the comments below!