Was Seth MacFarlane the Best They Could Do?

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By ALISSA FAJEK
Asst. Opinions Editor
Published: February 25, 2013

Despite having success with animated sitcom “Family Guy” and recent blockbuster “Ted,” Seth MacFarlane was a questionable choice to host the Oscars this year. Fart jokes are funny, but not exactly up to par with the Academy.

(Photo Illustration by Ware/MCT Campus)

(Photo Illustration by Ware/MCT Campus)

Maybe MacFarlane could have swapped places with a presenter. With so many other charismatic and funny stars in Hollywood, the Academy could have made a much wiser decision on who should have hosted the Oscars this year. Don’t get me wrong, MacFarlane can be a funny guy—when he’s not trying to be funny. Most of his jokes were trying too hard and were offensive. To be fair, MacFarlane was a better host than I ever imagined. I laughed a few times, but I laughed more from discomfort than amusement. Lines were definitely crossed with that Chris Brown and Rihanna slam, not to mention the jokes about eating disorders and that fat joke and gay joke rolled up into one. Instead of leaving the stage as the goofball we know, he left as some sort of a misogynistic dirtbag.

Special guest Michelle Obama could have easily gotten more laughs. But then again I think as Americans we’re obligated to laugh when the First Lady cracks a joke. The cast of “Chicago” would have done an awesome job too, especially in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of their Oscar win for the musical film. However, that would have worked only if Renee Zellweger would have made it through the entire show still standing. Has anyone ever passed out on stage before? At least Oscar history would have been made.

Even real-life Tinkerbell Kristen Chenoweth, who hosted the Red Carpet and closed the show with MacFarlane, could have taken over and swooned the audience. Standing at 4’9” with double the personality to boot, she is literally too cute to handle and is so fun to watch on stage. With a Broadway past, she definitely knows how to command a stage. Class-act Meryl Streep would also have been a better option. There’s no back up needed here, she’s simply the queen.

I’ll admit, I laughed at MacFarlane’s opening tune about boobs (“We Saw Your Boobs!”), but keeping with the movie music theme of the night, the cast of “Pitch Perfect” should have been utilized for their humor, talent and the fame of the blockbuster film. Rebel Wilson is one of today’s biggest names in comedy and was totally capable of steeling the show. She shares the same sarcastic humor as MacFarlane, but makes the audience cringe less.

However, out of all the different stars I could have seen hosting this year’s Oscars, I stand by William Shatner and say that dynamic duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would have definitely been my top choice. Leading ladies Fey and Poehler were snubbed at the Golden Globes, where they hosted just a few weeks ago. They were hilarious when they were on-screen, but were not on nearly enough or used to their fullest potential. (Although Poehler sitting on George Clooney’s lap may have stolen the show…)

The ladies are famous for their work as comediennes and even more famous for working together. With hits like “Baby Mama,” “Mean Girls” and their proven chemistry in “Saturday Night Live” doing the “Weekend Update,” Fey and Poehler have made us fall deeper in love with them year after year. It’s no wonder that they’re two of the most highly-awarded female comedians of our generation and they certainly could’ve done a better job than MacFarlane’s performance at this year’s Oscars.