Seth MacFarlane Says His Oscars Joke About Harvey Weinstein ‘Came From a Place of Loathing’

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has finally broken his silence about his 2013 Oscar dig at Harvey Weinstein, saying it “came from a place of loathing and anger” because the movie mogul allegedly made advances toward his friend Jessica Barth.

Long before Weinstein’s treatment of women became front page news, MacFarlane quipped that the five women nominated for the Best Actress award deserved congratulations because they “no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”

On Wednesday, MacFarlane explained that he wasn’t merely going for a laugh but trying to “take a hard swing” at Weinstein for the advances against Barth.

“She has since courageously come forward to speak out,” MacFarlane posted on Twitter. “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. 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,” MacFarlane added.

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. Actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have also spoken out this week about their own experiences with the movie mogul.

Jolie told The New York Times earlier this week, “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.”

Not everyone thought that MacFarlane’s “hard swing” was all that effective.

“A joke is not a hard swing, you pussy,” Twitter user @columbiabugle posted. “Don’t try to rewrite history, @sethmacfarlane, you and the rest of Hollywood allowed this monster to run rampant on women.”

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