Jane Fonda didn’t like Seth MacFarlane’s Boob Song during the Academy Awards

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 2nd, 2013

Week in Review

The Academy Awards was a success.  The Academy wanted to appeal to a younger demographic.  So they picked Seth MacFarlane.  In the promos for the Academy Awards MacFarlane said he was Seth MacFarlane.  And to ask your kids to explain who that was.  And that he was hosting the Academy Awards.  And to ask your parents what that was.  Indicating that he was a new young hip host for the old stodgy awards program.  Exactly what the Academy wanted to bring in more viewers.  And it worked.  For Seth MacFarlane delivered exactly want the Academy wanted.  But not everyone was happy with his hosting (see Jane Fonda Slams Seth MacFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs” Oscars Song by Us Weekly posted 2/28/2013 on Yahoo! Movies).

Lena Dunham isn’t the only celebrity who was offended by Seth MacFarlane’s musical number during the 85th Annual Academy Awards, in which the first-time host saluted actresses who went topless on film. Jane Fonda, who presented the Best Director award with Michael Douglas, slammed the Family Guy creator in a Feb. 27 blog post on her official website.

During MacFarlane’s original song, which he performed with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the 39-year-old comic referenced everyone from Halle Berry to Kate Winslet. What the song failed to mention, however, was that several of the actress’ topless moments occurred during rape scenes.

That is not the only reason women go nude in the movies.  Some do so simply to get a part.  There’s a general rule of thumb that the more nudity in a film the worse the film is.  Such as low-budget B movies that aren’t Oscar bound.  That titillate the viewing audience.  But a movie that titillates is still a movie.  And it can go on an actress’ resume.  Helping her to get discovered.  As long as she looks good in the nude.  Which is a requirement to get a part with a nude scene in a titillating B movie.  For they use nudity to spark interest in a film when the characters and plot don’t.  Such as almost any Russ Meyer film.  A man who had a thing for large breasted women.  Or any of those Friday the 13th movies with a gratuitous nude scene to break up the predictable plot, poor character development and bad acting.  Whereas some of the greatest films of all time were rated G.  Such as Gone with the Wind.  A movie where no women went topless.

Some women go topless to try and redefine themselves.  Such as teen stars trying to lose their ‘good girl’ image.  So they can transition to grownup roles.  And few things kill that ‘good girl’ image more than a good girl letting the girls out on the big screen.

Some bigger names go topless for the big payday that going topless provides.  It was big news, and even bigger money, when Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston let the girls out.  For let’s face it, it’s the beautiful people in Hollywood movies.  Feminists have long complained that older and less beautiful actresses don’t get the parts that the more attractive ones do.  Even when they are superior actors.  For apparently people want to see beautiful women on the big screen.  And there is only one thing that the people want to see more.  The breasts of beautiful women.  And Hollywood being a business likes to give the people want they want.  Even if it exploits women.  As it exploited a young Jane Fonda.  For Barbarella was little more than sexploitation.  And a far cry from her work in The China Syndrome.

“What I really didn’t like was the song and dance number about seeing actresses boobs. I agree with someone who said, ‘If they want to stoop to that, why not list all the penises we’ve seen?’ Better yet, remember that this is a telecast seen around the world watched by families with their children and to many this is neither appropriate or funny,” Fonda wrote.

What, did Fonda become a Republican?  For years Republicans have been complaining about the growing vulgarity of American television.  That television today is “neither appropriate or funny” for families with children.  But the liberals just call these Republicans a bunch of old prudes.  Saying that they need to lighten up.  To get with the times.  To be more progressive.  Guess you cross the line when you mention how many actresses have shown their boobs on screen.  For that is true vulgarity.

Yes, MacFarlane’s humor was a bit crude at times.  But one thing you cannot deny.  Seth MacFarlane is talented.  He could sing and dance.  Be funny.  And he was nimble on his feet even when a joke bombed.  If you took the vulgarity out you’d think you were watching someone from the Golden Age of Hollywood.  While adding in the vulgarity helped introduce it to an audience that would probably never have watched a musical in their life.  But they may now.  Even if it’s only the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Once More, with Feeling.  Or Monty Python’s Spamalot.  Or Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park: Bigger Louder and Uncut.  Or their The Book of Mormon.  Musicals that are a bit more accessible.  As they are written for a younger, hipper crowd.  Macfarlane may have dissed America’s leading ladies but he may have regenerated interest in song and dance.  Perhaps even getting more people to see the blockbuster Hollywood musical Les Misérables.  Which Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress for her portrayal of poor, tragic Fantine.  A lady that has let the girls out a time or two in her professional career.  And it took her to an Academy Award.

Which is more offensive?  Women taking off their clothes on screen?  Or identifying the women who took off their clothes on screen?  It seems if you’re offended by one you must be offended by the other.  If so these ladies should lighten up.  Get with the times.  And be more progressive.



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