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What They're Saying About the Worst Seth MacFarlane Oscar Jokes

Esther Zuckerman

There was the monologue, which didn't go over so well in some parts, and then there was the rest of the Oscars, which didn't either. First-time host Seth MacFarlane was, as expected, kind of a jerk. Here's a sampler:  

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Regarding Hollywood's beauty standards: "And those of you who gave yourselves the flu two weeks ago to 'get there'? It paid off."

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can't stop thinking about Seth Macfarlane's "joke" about women giving themselves the "flu" so they'd look thinner! Nothing funny about that!

— Ann Shoket (@annshoket) February 25, 2013

The Huffington Post labeled it one of the "Seth MacFarlane Quotes About Women From The 2013 Oscars Would Never Get You A Date." 

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Regarding Quvenzhané Wallis' Age: "To give you an idea of how young she is, it'll be 16 years before she's too young for Clooney." 

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thank you, silver fox, for getting that quvenzhane wallis/clooney joke out of my mind, for only a moment.

— Jessica Roake (@jessicaroake) February 25, 2013

Quvenzhane Wallis won't be "too old for Clooney" for another sixteen years - Seth MacFarlane #fair #Oscars2013

— Alex Leo (@AlexMLeo) February 25, 2013

Regarding Zero Dark Thirty: "The film was a triumph and also a celebration of every woman's innate ability to never ever let anything go."

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"Every woman's innate ability to let anything go." - Seth MacFarlane, yours #oscars 2013 host #shame #oscarwomen

— ShelbyKnox (@ShelbyKnox) February 25, 2013

Ended up on a New York list of MacFarlane's "sexist jokes."

Regarding Channing Tatum, former stripper, and Jennifer Aniston, not a former stripper: "Of our next two presenters, at least one is honest about being a former exotic dancer. Please welcome Channing Tatum and Jennifer Aniston." 


I mean this Oscars ceremony also featured Jennifer Aniston getting called a stripper, a domestic violence joke...

— Laura Hudson (@laura_hudson) February 25, 2013

Regarding people playing Abraham Lincoln: "I would argue the actor who really got inside Lincoln's head was John Wilkes Booth."

Reaction: In addition to the audience's cold reaction—probably the coldest of the night—this "joke" prompted a follow-up: 

Seth MacFarlane's John Wilkes Booth joke falls flat #Oscars

— Page Six (@PageSix) February 25, 2013

Regarding Ben Affleck: "The first time I saw him with all that dark facial hair I thought, my god, the Kardashians have finally made the jump to film." 

Reaction: Well, Ben himself didn't like it: 

lesson from tonight: do NOT compare affleck to a kardashian.he does not think that is funny #oscars

— Tiffany (@tiffsrene) February 25, 2013

Regarding the students handing out Oscars: "That’s a good idea, a bunch of coeds and drunk producers at an open bar."


excited to hear alma mater (Columbia College Chicago) mentioned on Oscars, deflated seconds later w/host calling women "coeds." uh it's 2013

— katherine of chicago (@kofchicago) February 25, 2013

Regarding Adele: "Rex Reed will be out here to review Adele’s performance of 'Skyfall.'"


I just gasped at Seth McFarlane's Adele/Melissa McCarthy/Rex Reed joke. Wow. What a douche.

— rachelsklar (@rachelsklar) February 25, 2013


— Madeleine Davies (@madeleine_rae) February 25, 2013

Overall reaction:

What Shatner said—or close it, anyway....

(AP photo)