Calling it Out. Sexism at the Oscars. Seth MacFarlane, the Unfunny.
“This wasn’t an awards ceremony so much as a black-tie celebration of the straight white male gaze.”
An article by Margaret Lyons at Vulture.com has been making the rounds on the internet: “Why Seth MacFarlane’s Misogyny Matter.”
(MacFarlane is the creator of Family Guy, and hosted the Oscars this year.)
Lyons does a nice job of summing up experiences that are all too common for many of us but haven’t sunk in to our cultures at large:
“Yes, I can take a joke. I can take a bunch! A thousand, 10,000, maybe even more! But after 30 or so years, this stuff doesn’t feel like joking. It’s dehumanizing and humiliating, and as if every single one of those jokes is an ostensibly gentler way of saying, “I don’t think you belong here.” All those little instances add up, grain of sand by grain of sand until…
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