he recent "revelations" about Harvey Weinstein's behavior are proving to be anything but. With numerous women coming forward, the reality is sinking in that this man's predatory behavior was an open secret in Hollywood. One major star, Seth MacFarlane, was called out as having made a joke about Weinstein's proclivities back in 2013, and he took to Twitter to explain why.
Four years ago Seth MacFarlane made a joke that not everyone totally got.
While announcing the Best Supporting Actress Nominations for the Academy Awards, MacFarlane joked that these women “no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” Though this may have gone over the heads of most viewers at home, the audience in the theater certainly understood it.
Now that the accusations against Weinstein are public, people are realizing just what an open secret this was.
It was something that it many were aware of inside Hollywood, implying that a lot of people may have been complicit in his behavior. The stories of Weinstein’s assistant helping arrange and facilitate many of the meetings where harassment and assault took place don’t exactly help dispel this notion.
And MacFarlane wasn't the only comedian making jokes about this.
People noted that in an episode of 30 Rock, the character of Jenna Maroney brags about turning down an opportunity to sleep with Harvey Weinstein in exchange for a boost in her career.
In light of the allegations, these jokes no longer seem very funny.
People see nothing to laugh about now that they’ve realized these jokes were a way of quietly tolerating a man who has been accused of rape. And the question of why Hollywood big shots decided to make jokes about the matter, instead of doing more to protect women, became a big part of the conversation.
Recently, MacFarlane finally came clean about what was behind his insidious joke.
In it, he admits to having known of at least one instance in which Weinstein had harassed a co-worker and friend of his. This is what he claims inspired the joke, which he says was meant as a firm insult toward the mogul’s behavior. But that explanation didn’t satisfy everyone.
So what did people have to say about it?