SACRAMENTO -- Top female lawmakers in the California Legislature said Wednesday that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “struck a new low in its treatment of women” by choosing controversial comedian Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars ceremony on Sunday.
MacFarlane's jokes “reduced our finest female actresses to caricatures and stereotypes, degrading women as a whole and the filmmaking industry itself,” wrote Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) in a letter to Hawk Koch, president of the academy.
Lowenthal and Jackson co-chair the California State Legislative Women’s Caucus.
MacFarlane regularly uses hot-button issues like sex and religion as comedic fodder in “Family Guy,” the animated television show he created.
The choice of MaFarlane to host the Oscars was widely seen as a bid to attract younger viewers with more risque humor, but his punch lines about women have been criticized as misogynistic. At one point, he sang a song about which actresses have shown their breasts in movies.