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Seth MacFarlane explains his Oscars joke about Harvey Weinstein from 2013

Seth MacFarlane explains his Oscars joke about Harvey Weinstein from 2013”

Barth told The New Yorker that Weinstein invited her to a "business meeting" at the Peninsula hotel in 2011, where he "alternated between offering to cast her in a film and demanding a naked massage in bed".

In fact, it appears actor Seth MacFarlane joked about the matter at the 2013 Oscars nominations.

"Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein", MacFarlane said. Or perhaps they're just laughing because they've resigned themselves that creeps are gonna creep with impunity as long as they have the influence and wealth to insulate themselves from consequences.

MacFarlane, who has frequently come under fire for using comedy material many have seen as misogynistic, ended his Twitter comment on a note of support for Weinstein's alleged victims, writing, "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, who took a jab at Weinstein in his hosting of the Academy Awards in 2013, worked with one of the Weinstein victims, Jessica Barth, on his Ted films. MacFarlane stood by his joke on Wednesday, saying in a tweet, "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", MacFarlane writes.

After telling Weinstein, "That's not going to happen", Barth says she left the room and started crying uncontrollably.

Barth is on the growing list of women who allege that Weinstein either harassed or assaulted them, with three women also alleging they were raped by him.

The clip has gone viral since the Weinstein scandal came to light. In response to those claims, Weinstein acknowledged that he has "caused a lot of pain" and apologized for his inappropriate behavior and added, "I so respect all women and regret what happened". Weinstein's lawyer, Charles J. Harder, called the Times report "saturated with false and defamatory statements", and threatened to sue.



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