Oscar Producers Defend Seth MacFarlane Opening Number

The decision to use Ted creator Seth MacFarlane as the host of the Oscars this year has remained a ‘controversial’ one in the world of celebrities, but the men who made the decision to appoint him as presenter have recently come out in defence of his performance, praising the controversy and claiming that it was exactly what they were aiming for.

seth_macfarlane_is_tinyOscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan note that MacFarlane brought in a ‘younger demographic’ for the ceremony’s TV audience as anticipated, and added that the opening number he sang (‘We Saw Your Boobs’), was criticised by numerous movie stars present, but  song missed its intention of satirising the Family Guy creator’s reputation for juvenile humour.

Interviewed at the recent ‘GLAAD Media Awards’, Meron stated to The Hollywood Reporter on the performance overall, the ‘Family Guy humour‘ that was expected, and the song: “We were really, really proud of Seth MacFarlane, he did an amazing job. He did the job that we wanted him to do. Seth is irreverent, he comments on things that happen in our culture, and that’s what he did. Everyone who complained [about the song] missed the joke, it was satire.”

Zadan added of the same subjects: “…people were disappointed that he didn’t go further. You can’t really gauge [it]; somebody thinks it’s too much, some people think its just enough… he brought in the youngest demos that the Oscars have ever had. It [the song] was not about the women that were mentioned, the song was about him [potentially] being a bad host and him being a juvenile, which was why he was a bad [choice for] host. [This year, we succeeded in making the Oscars] part of the cultural conversation. I think that’s the important part that people will take away.”

While MacFarlane will not be returning to the role in another year (through his own scheduling decision), he has certainly left a lasting legacy from his one appearance, and your chance to relive his most ‘offensive’ moment (‘We Saw Your Boobs’ – as criticised by Lena Dunham and Jane Fonda, amongst others) can be found below:

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