Host Seth MacFarlane speaks onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
The reviews are in on Seth MacFarlane
's Oscar hosting stint and... they're mixed. While pretty much everyone acknowledged that the Family Guy
creator was infinitely more charismatic and watchable than many previous hosts (we're looking at you, James Franco
), others took issue
with the nature of many of MacFarlane's jokes, particularly the ones about women and people of color.
"So much of comedy is about the shock of recognition, of seeing some previously unacknowledged truth suddenly acknowledged, but the only recognition MacFarlane offered was that some people say dumb things about other peoples' gender/racial/sexual identities. Which, of course, should not be shocking at all," wrote The Atlantic's Stephen Kornhaber.
Meanwhile, NYMag's Maureen O'Connor
offered transcripts of MacFarlane's most sexist jabs, three of which came at the expense of female celebrities (Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, and the Kardashians). People found MacFarlane's "We Saw Your Boobs"
tune particularly distasteful,
and no one laughed when he called Zero Dark Thirty
"a celebration of every woman's innate ability to never ever let anything go."
Die-hard MacFarlane fans argue that everyone needs to lighten up, and that his jokes are really about the idiocy of his jokes — so "meta." But even if they're meta, that doesn't mean they're above criticism. So: How did you feel about MacFarlane's jokes?More from Zimbio: