Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Seth MacFarlane reveals truth about his 2013 Harvey Weinstein joke

Seth MacFarlane reveals truth about his 2013 Harvey Weinstein joke

Seth MacFarlane is only now speaking out about his 2013 Oscars joke directed at Harvey Weinstein!

MacFarlane made the quip during the 2012 Oscar Nominations announcement, with Emma Stone co-presenting.

What was considered to be an edgy comic dig at the time has been replayed in recent days in light of the public airing of sexual harassment and assault allegations, some dating back decades, against Weinstein. Along the way, the actress "confided" in MacFarlane regarding an uncomfortable experience with Weinstien. MacFarlane stood by his joke on Wednesday, saying in a tweet, "Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger". One reporter recently detailed a story she was working on in 2004 that she says was gutted after Weinstein visited New York Times HQ to announce his displeasure. There is nothing more abhorrent and insensible than abuse of power such as this.

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After reading off a list of five women nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, MacFarlane joked: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein". "I respect and applaud my friend Jessica and those sharing their stories for their decision to come forward, and for being champions of the truth". It got to the point that Barth herself chose to step in, urging them to stop "slamming Seth for not "doing" anything". And when it comes to someone who is influential in the industry you work in (Hollywood or otherwise) you could be at risk of being blackballed and would never be able to work again.

It's not like MacFarlane did what Rose McGowan accused Ben Affleck of doing. In response to those claims, Weinstein acknowledged that he has "caused a lot of pain" and apologized for his inappropriate behavior and added, "I so respect all women and regret what happened".

On Wednesday, the 43-year-old finally opened up to reveal his friend and Ted costar Jessica Barth told him about being sexually harassed by Harvey in a 2011 incident.

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