Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Seth MacFarlane explains joke about Harvey Weinstein from 2013

Seth MacFarlane explains joke about Harvey Weinstein from 2013

In Hollywood, it appears Weinstein's penchant for sexual harassment was the entertainment capital's biggest open secret.

Seth MacFarlane has added some crucial context to a joke he made about now-disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein while preparing to host the 2013 Oscars, saying he made the joke after learning that Weinstein made "attempted advances" on his friend, and noting that the joke came from "a place of loathing and anger".

"Congratulations", MacFarlane said after announcing Best Lead Actress nominations, "you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".

The audience laughed at what at the time seemed just like an innocuously awkward joke.

In recent days, the joke has been seen to take on new meaning as shocking stories have come to light regarding Weinstein's gross treatment of women.

Mounting numbers of women are coming forward with allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against Mr Weinstein, most recently model Cara Delevingne.

"There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this", he said.

"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", MacFarlane tweeted.

One thing people will notice is that if MacFarlane was aware of Weinstein's behavior from as far back as 2013, why didn't he do anything?

As previously reported, MacFarlane poked fun at the former studio executive's relationships with A-list actresses during the annual award show's nomination announcement special. 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.

Barth - who co-starred in MacFarlane's Ted movies - told him that Weinstein had made repeated and unwanted moves on her.

It's not like MacFarlane did what Rose McGowan accused Ben Affleck of doing.

Weinstein responded to the report in a lengthy, rambling statement in which he pleaded for a second chance and apologized for the pain he had caused. "Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time", his now ex-wife Georgina Chapman told People magazine.

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