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MacFarlane Under Fire for Anti-Semitism at the Oscars (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 2/25/2013 at 5:26 PM

Categories: Entertainment, Gossip

Seth MacFarlane seemed to avoid the borderline anti-Jewish jibes expected of him during his opening monologue at the 85th Academy Awards last night. The producer and voice actor, who is not Jewish, made up for the omission in the second part of the evening, with a skit involving his stuffed alter ego Ted that some are calling anti-Semitic.

Mark Wahlberg joined his teddy bear costar to present the award for best sound editing. The bit had a rocky start, as MacFarlane—through Ted—began listing some Jewish stars in the audience. The X-rated bear then claimed to have Jewish heritage, revealing that his birth name was Theodore Shapiro. Ted believed this would gain him easy entrance into the “secret synagogue meeting” of the Hollywood elite.

“I would like to donate money to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever,” the bear said.

“You’re an idiot,” Wahlberg retorted.

The skit was met with uncomfortable laughter.

Many are speaking out against the sketch, with the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman at the forefront.

“While we have come to expect inappropriate ‘Jews control Hollywood’ jokes from Seth MacFarlane, what he did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny. It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism,” a statement from the ADL head read.

Foxman criticized the Oscars for what he saw as a “sad” and “disheartening” use of “anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs.”

“For the insiders at the Oscars this kind of joke is obviously not taken seriously. But when one considers the global audience of the Oscars of upwards of two billion people, including many who know little or nothing about Hollywood or the falsity of such Jewish stereotypes, there’s a much higher potential for the ‘Jews control Hollywood’ myth to be accepted as fact,” Foxman admonished.


Scott Carlson
Scott Carlson 2/26/2013 at 3:14am
We are way too P.C. in this country,it was a joke,lighten up!!!!
Daniel Fogel
Daniel Fogel 2/25/2013 at 9:48pm
Jesse, the Ted doll was animated by CGI, or Computer Generated Imagery.
Daniel Fogel
Daniel Fogel 2/25/2013 at 9:44pm
It was funny, period! This was the first Oscars I've watched in years. I respect other's opinions and feelings, but to make an issue of this, really? The humor is at a meta level, where it's funny because it's so outrageously satirical, making fun of the antiquated Anti-Semitic canard!
Leann Sherman
Leann Sherman 2/25/2013 at 9:38pm
It was forced humor that wasn't the least bit amusing - and at best, was inappropriate. Digs at minority groups wouldn't be tolerated; they shouldn't be tolerated about Jews either. For authentic Jewish humor, bring back the best - Billy Crystal.
Damon Scott
Damon Scott 2/25/2013 at 9:21pm
People need to lighten up and grow backbones. There are other things to worry about than some jokes!!
Jesse Kaellis
Jesse Kaellis 2/25/2013 at 8:10pm
How can the TED doll move like that?