The first controversy of Seth MacFarlane's tenure as Oscar host has erupted, and it's an entirely predictable one.
Last week, MacFarlane was picked as the host of the 2013 Academy Awards, but already one of his cartoons is creating problems for MacFarlane, as it has inspired a raft of complaints.
It was always a risk picking the Family Guy creator for the ceremony given his back catalogue of offensive humour, and now howls of protest surround him after an episode of American Dad joked about oral sex.
Now MacFarlane is being criticized following a recent episode of one of his cartoons. On Thursday, US pressure group the Parents Television Council (PTC) issued an alert to its members, requesting that they file a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the use of graphic verbal and visual reference to oral sex on an episode of the show, which aired on Thursday at 8.30pm US Central Time and so was in a time slot that could easily be seen by children.
Seth MacFarlane has been embroiled in controversy after only one week as Oscars host (Photo: WENN/ABC)
According to Fox News PTC president Tim Winter said in a statement: “This past summer the United States Supreme Court unanimously upheld the congressionally mandated authority of the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the broadcast decency law, which prohibits the airing of indecent material on the publicly-owned airwaves during times when children are likely to be in the audience. We believe this broadcast has broken the law."
He added, with due attention to detail: “In the past, ‘American Dad’ and MacFarlane’s other programs have included scenes mocking people with Down syndrome, implying father-daughter incest, a man masturbating a horse, a baby eating horse sperm, and a character eating vomit and excrement out of a baby’s diaper. Some of those broadcasts are under review at the FCC for violating the broadcast decency law.”
If a fuss is kicked up about MacFarlane's cartoon's record of no-holds barred humour, as the Awards aim to appeal to a more family orientated and female based audience, with many perhaps less inclined to watch the show or let children watch it due to MacFarlane's reputation.
However Oscar organisers have taken a risk on MacFarlane, whose directorial debut 'Ted' wowed audiences this summer, Fox 411's Scott Hulver explained: “The Academy itself may be taking the biggest risk: MacFarlane may have just the right ‘naughty’ sensibility to be able to take some really daring swipes at the assembled showbiz crowd, but there’s the chance that he may also offend both viewers and his high-powered targets.”
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