Seth MacFarlane announcing the 2013 Academy Awards Nominees. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
If you’re worried Oscars host Seth MacFarlane is going to debase the black tie refinement that surrounds the Academy Awards, you’re not alone.
The “Family Guy” and “Ted” creator has pretty much gotten to where he is by debasing all things sacred, so why wouldn’t he do the same with the Academy Awards? After all, the Oscars is the granddaddy of all awards shows, making it the most vainglorious event on an awards season calendar packed with self-important folks trying to take home statues to make them feel more self-important. The Oscars is so ripe for the picking, it would almost seem like MacFarlane’s not doing his job if he doesn’t lambast it.
While we’re certainly hoping that MacFarlane will keep it classy, here’s five of his most outrageous moments that give us credible reason to fear that he won’t. Either way though, we’re almost positive this Sunday’s Academy Awards will be one of the funniest yet.
Nobody is Safe
1. As fans of “Family Guy” have come to expect, nobody is safe from MacFarlane’s abuse -- not even the physically handicapped. Peter Griffin, the father of said family, gives you a good taste of just how distasteful the show can be, as Peter attempts to block wheelchair bound Joe and the rest of his “kind” from eating at Big Pete’s House of Munch.
The Cleveland Show 'Die Semi-Hard' episode. Courtesy of Fox.
2. Late last December, after the Newtown tragedy, FOX pulled the entire Sunday lineup of MacFarlane produced shows, including new holiday episodes of “American Dad!” and “Family Guy,” as well as a repeat of the “Die Hard” parody episode of “The Cleveland Show,” called “Die Semi-Hard.” And that’s not the first time MacFarlane’s shows have been pulled in lieu of current events; after tornadoes leveled parts of the South in April of 2011, FOX cancelled all three shows, which collectively made light of hurricanes. (All three episodes eventually aired.)
What’s in a Name?
3. In MacFarlane’s feature film directorial debut “Ted” (2012), there’s a good chance at least one of the jokes is poking fun at something you hold dear. But, as you can see in the clip above, MacFarlane is calling you out specifically if you have any of the following names: Mandy, Marilyn, Brittany, Tiffany, Candace, Brandy, Heather, Channing, Brianna, Amber, Serena, Melody, Dakota, Sierra, Bambi, Crystal, Samantha, Autumn, Ruby, Taylor, Tara, Tammy, Lauren, Charlene, Chantelle, Courtney, Misty, Jenny, Krista, Mindy, Noel, Shelby, Trina, Reba, Cassandra, Nikki, Kelsey, Shawna, Jolene, Urleen, Claudia, Savannah, Casey, Dolly, Kendra, Kylie, Chloe, Devon, Emmalou, Becky, Brandi-Lynn, Heather-Lynn, and Tami-Lynn.
Seth MacFarlane, courtesy of ET Online
He Went There
4. For Comedy Central’s Donald Trump roast, after he tells a couple of jokes at the expense of Trump's hair, MacFarlane explains them to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino by speaking like an intellectually disabled person. You know, like you may have done in elementary school. Really, didn’t talking like that go out of style when we stopped using the term “retards”?
A Sign of What's to Come?
5. We’ve already gotten some sense of MacFarlane’s humor receiving Academy backlash during the nomination announcements earlier this year. When it came time to present the choices for Best Foreign Film, MacFarlane made allusion to “Amour” being co-produced in Austria and Germany, and then he compared that film to another Austrian/German production: Adolph Hitler. You can see the cringe-inducing joke fall flat at 4:15 in the video above.