And the losers are ...

Anyone who had to endure the Oscars' tasteless host

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Don’t think the Oscars telecast is important? Consider:

Our ambassador to the United Nations probably can’t be named and is hardly heard outside the bowels of the world’s ruling bureaucracies. Nor could you expect the fine folks on the streets of Moldova to know who the U.S. ambassador there is (it’s William H. Moser).

In contrast, the Oscars awards show Sunday night was allegedly seen by as many as a billion people.

Like it or not, this broadcast helps shape opinions about America all over the world in ways our State Department could only dream of.

Sadly, that’s become a bad thing.

Please help keep the Milky Way clean: Do not ever put an Oscars broadcast on a Voyager spacecraft for other worlds to see.

How could Hollywood not have seen this disaster coming? When King of Crude producer Seth MacFarlane was named the host last fall, we predicted: “Hollywood struck crude years ago. Now, it’s going for a real gusher. ... It’s hard to imagine MacFarlane will go over well with Oscars viewers.”

The answer is, they did see it coming. The show even opened with an interminable, self-absorbed comedy bit in which MacFarlane supposedly learns from a time traveler that he is destined to ruin the broadcast and be recognized in headlines as the worst Oscars host ever. He might’ve intended for that skit to immunize himself – but the headline only proved
prescient, as he went on to insult nearly everyone and fall flat doing it.

Not to leave them out, he did take the obligatory dig at Christian conservatives. Those who tuned him out at that point, or earlier, might have missed the hilarious jab (had there been one) at Muslim radicals, who actually are to be feared and loathed. But slamming God-fearing Christians (who pay the same as everyone else at the box office) is at once so much safer than taking on terrorists, and yet somehow passes for
comedic courage in some
circles. Well done, Seth!

Who wrote his material? A 15-year-old boy in the throes of puberty? The juvenile nature of MacFarlane’s whole approach – evident enough ahead of time on his Family Guy TV show – was epitomized by his inviting the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles onstage to sing a one-note song called We Saw Your Boobs to rib actresses by name.

Even a review at the liberal National Public Radio concluded that if you like jokes about women, “you probably had a substantially better night than the average viewer, who was subjected to Seth MacFarlane’s delivery of one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history. ... (H)is conviction that saying ‘boobs’ enough times would cause a room full of tuxes and gowns to quake with
hilarity seemed misplaced.”

There is an art to satire that this sad-sack emcee has no educated guess at. Comedian Billy Crystal stands alone among recent Oscar hosts in his ability to tease Hollywood and everyone else without being overtly distasteful or disrespectful – and while actually being funny. MacFarlane, by contrast, was just crude and offensive, such as when he joked about an actor having put a bullet in President Lincoln’s head. There’s a real knee-slapper!

The show ended, bizarrely, with MacFarlane’s ode mocking those who didn’t win an award.

The line between class and crass has never been wider.

What an unalloyed shame. This night used to be anticipated as an annual celebration of the transcendent art of movie-making. Hollywood is supposed to be a dream factory. Why does its awards show have to be such a nightmare?

And why pollute a billion lives thusly in the name of American culture?

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SFCRET85
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SFCRET85 02/26/13 - 01:05 am
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A question for the ACES. Why
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A question for the ACES. Why did you even bother to watch? I and many others with any common sense didn't bother. Or, as is likley is this some more of your "second hand" editorializing as dictated by FOX?

Valkyrie1
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Valkyrie1 02/26/13 - 02:00 am
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Interesting...

How is it wrong to insult Christianity but perfectly okay to insult Islam? Isn't that kind of hypocrisy the reason the rest of the world hates us? Are we really still stuck in "all religions other than Christianity are bad"?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/26/13 - 07:01 am
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No just the radicalized one

No just the radicalized one that has declared jihad against America, killed numerous Americans, kill christians particularly and burn their bibles. So I don't see jews nor buddhist nor hindus declaring war on America. But it is a joke-and generally I agree everything is fair game.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/26/13 - 07:27 am
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Come ooonn AC......where ya been

Have you seen any halftime shows in the last 2 years....the Oscars were tame to some of the trash on tv...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/26/13 - 07:28 am
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Seth

He could have been funnier...imo.

Some jokesters on here could do a better job.....even SM & Rebel..lol

Valkyrie1
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Valkyrie1 02/26/13 - 07:40 am
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Bizkit

There are plenty of radical Christians out there. Shall we take the Fred Phelps' of the world as the "norm" of Christianity? Also, why does everyone seem to forget the Crusades when Christians did THE SAME THING.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/26/13 - 09:08 am
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@ Valkyrie

You missed the intent of the editorial writer's comment on the jokes, Valkyrie. The writer was simply saying that if you are going to insult Christian conservatives, you should give equal treatment and also insult Muslim radicals. The Oscar show host did not do that.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/26/13 - 09:12 am
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And the losers are?
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Anyone who watches this type of drivel. Billionaires drooling over each other and reminiscing about how they have had intimate relations with each other at some point. And we have a national campaign of "hate the rich and pampered". And our king is a millionaire. Our judges and members of congress. Mayors. Televangelist. Charitable organization heads. Not to mention our "romanesk gladiators" AKA pro athletes.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/26/13 - 09:18 am
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"MacFarlane, by contrast, was

"MacFarlane, by contrast, was just crude and offensive,"

In other words, he directly reflects our current, and unfortunately our future, society.

The answer is...don't watch it. As for me, watching pompous, overpaid Hollywood stars blow their own horn is just totally irrelevant. Zero interest. I was PO'd they preempted Funniest Videos to televise that crap. I think I watched a rerun of something on the Discovery channel.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/26/13 - 10:56 am
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Seth

Terrible job. He won't be back. Even the left wing looneys didn't like him.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/26/13 - 11:27 am
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Val note I prefaced with

Val note I prefaced with "radical". But a University fo Maryland study examined Islam beliefs in various arab and asian populations. Found 65% want Sharia law with a Caliphat leader and muslim world govt. Now all muslims believe in jihad-there are just a number of definitions from a personal spiritual struggle to outward violence. Thing is though that all muslims are intolerate of any offense to their holy book, etc. People burn bibles all the time without threats from christians to kill the perpertator. Like I say, I think all is fair game for comedy-but you have to be funny. I wouldn't insult any religion but I think it is OK to be humorous too.

Darby
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Darby 02/26/13 - 11:50 am
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"How is it wrong to insult Christianity but......

perfectly okay to insult Islam?"

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OK - obviously I missed something here. Who insulted Islam? It certainly didn't happen at the Oscars. What is this poster talking about? There was a line in the above article about having "missed" an insult to Muslims, but that was just an attempt to emphasize that there was no such insult. Only the obligatory attacks on Christians.

Hollywood, like all liberals, is frightened out of its collective wit of anything Islamic, but delights in demonizing and denigrating Christians.

If you have any moral certitude, you are expected to check it at the border when you enter the state of California.

When you hear of any liberal insulting Islam, pinch yourself. You'll find you are DREAMING...

fedex227
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fedex227 02/26/13 - 08:59 pm
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Come on now.
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"...this broadcast helps shape opinions about America all over the world."

You guys can't be serious. Are the Oscars required viewing now? I thought it was a pretty lame show myself. Lucky for me, unlike the ACES and apparently a billion other people on the planet, my remote is equipped with a button labeled 'CH' - I opted to press it. I ended up watching The Walking Dead so I guess there's no hope for me at all :-)

Chigger Hill Man
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Chigger Hill Man 02/28/13 - 11:16 am
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Oscars

I haven't watched the Oscars in probably ten years. Don't feel like I've missed a thing.

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