On Wednesday, Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane has tossed his views on Harvey Weinstein, disclosing the reality behind his joke at the media tycoon during 2013 Oscars Awards, stating his joke was made in “anger and loathing”, after a friend's report of sexual harassment.
MacFarlane went on to host the 2013 Academy Awards and made a crack during his declaration of Best Supporting Actress by notifying nominees “congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein”. The joke received a massive reaction from the crowd present in the room.
MacFarlane said in a statement via tweeter “In 2011, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances.”
MacFarlane clarified that the joke came out to “take a hard swing” at Weinstein for the sexual advance against his friend Barth. “She has since courageously come forward to speak out. It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn't resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction,” he explained.
“Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger. There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this. 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,” he further added.
Hollywood media mogul Weinstein has been blamed of sexual harassment by numerous women in Hollywood, resulting in his removal from his own company and parting from his wife.
Barth is one of among the women alleged against movie tycoon and shared her experience in New Yorker story regarding Weinstein's claimed sexual assault and harassment on Tuesday. Apart from Barth, actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have also told out this week regarding their personal experiences with Weinstein.
Earlier this week Jolie declared in an interview with The New York Times, “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.”