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CA legislators ask the Academy to "disavow" MacFarlane

by Take Two

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Host Seth MacFarlane speaks onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

It's official - Seth MacFarlane will not be back to host the Oscars. The Family Guy creator tweeted yesterday that it was fun but there is "no way," he'd do it again. And even though the Oscars are long over, MacFarlane's crude show tune about topless celebrities titled "We Saw Your Boobs," continues to make headlines.

Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, both Democrats,  lead the Legislature's women's caucus. Yesterday they sent a letter to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

In it, they ask the Academy to officially condemn MacFarlane's performance, which they say "crossed the line from humor to misogyny." The letter doesn't carry any legal weight, but it strongly urges the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science  to "commit to using better judgment in their future choices of content and hosts."

Earlier this week, Take Two spoke with one of MacFarlane's Oscar joke writers - Patrick Meighan. He said there's no denying the bit was offensive.

"It's a song about boobs," Meighan remarked. "Anyone who was offended by that was right to be offended by it. But we still thought it was funny."  

In response to the song, a YouTube performer Kevin Gisi crafted his own song.


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