The 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.
Reminder that the Weinstein issue so widely known Seth MacFarlane could joke about it at the Oscar nominations: https://t.co/0Q3tWpDwMC— MovieBob Productions (@MovieBob Productions)1507758154.0
And MacFarlane wasn't the only comedian making jokes about this.
It's not just Seth MacFarlane—Hollywood hinted at Harvey Weinstein many times over the years.… https://t.co/0M89YPflLj— Anna Menta (@Anna Menta)1507832226.0
In light of the allegations, these jokes no longer seem very funny.
Journalist Irin Carmon says she was "infuriated" by Seth MacFarlane's 2013 Oscars joke about Harvey Weinstein https://t.co/rg0MSVSMAO— Democracy Now! (@Democracy Now!)1507910115.0
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?
Many noted that making a joke doesn't technically count as doing something.
@SethMacFarlane But... no one spoke up?— Arthur Digby Sellers (@Arthur Digby Sellers)1507749486.0
It almost provoked more backlash against MacFarlane.He was now front and center, serving as the most obvious and visible representative of a system that seemed complicit. People who were angry about Hollywood covering up these horrible crimes now had a very public persona to direct their outrage at.
But the alleged victim, and friend of MacFarlane's, Jessica Barth, spoke up to clarify things.
My friend Seth was respecting my wishes. Please be sensitive to that. https://t.co/0mlKILxqhI— Jessica Barth (@Jessica Barth)1507750950.0
But people remained notably skeptical, given MacFarlane's previous work.
Only this news cycle could make Seth MacFarlane a feminist hero— Taffy Brodesser-Akner (@Taffy Brodesser-Akner)1507751526.0
So people were less than impressed.There's certainly a point to be made about some of the jokes MacFarlane has written, and whether or not they're symptomatic of a larger Hollywood culture of disdain for women. Despite that, Barth continued to speak out in his defense...
She continued to stand by her friend.
To everyone bad mouthing Seth, how about applauding him for being one of FEW men in Hollywood speaking out! @SethMacFarlane— Jessica Barth (@Jessica Barth)1507751207.0