One of the most controversial parts of the recent Oscar ceremony, at least with regard to the animation industry, is Seth MacFarlane’s mealy-mouthed Teddy Bear character, Ted, managing to offend the Jewish Anti-Defamation Group as he rambled on about how Jewish people controlled Hollywood.
Of course, everybody knows who Seth MacFarlane is, and they have an idea on what to expect from his brand of edgy humor, but the ADL points out that it was not an excuse:
“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,” the ADL wrote in its statement. “It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sought to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs.”
MacFarlane has not yet responded to the statements, but we’re assuming that the Family Guy creator is not the least bit surprised with the reaction, as he’s no stranger to ruffling feathers, with some of his episodes even resulting in death threats.