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Women Deserved Better at the 2013 Oscars

Women Deserved Better at the 2013 Oscars

With Seth McFarlane hosting the Oscars, we here at Women and Hollywood weren’t expecting much. But the sexist, racist, homophobic and completely unfunny spree that McFarlane hosted was even worse than imagined.

The fact that a song about which Hollywood women’s breasts have been on display in films led off the evening was clearly in poor taste and was a blatant misogynistic attempt to court the young male viewers at the expense of basically every leading lady and all the rest of us who do not enjoy women’s body parts being made fun of. We live in a world where women in many countries are judged inferior because of our bodies and it is painful to know that the Academy thought this was appropriate for their ceremony. Couple that with The Onion’s horrific tweet about Quvenzhané Wallis, which they have since apologized for, ended in a bizarrely hateful evening. 

However, it was a night whose anti-woman message was undercut by the sheer talent and magnitude of the women involved in last night’s ceremony from the music performances—Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Jennifer Hudson to the presenters—Meryl Streep, Queen Latifah, Michelle Obama—and the very deserving winners—Brenda Chapman, Andrea Nix Fine, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway.

The women at the Oscars deserved much better as did all of us watching at home.  Here are all the women who won. You can find a full list of winners at the link below.

Lead Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Animated Feature: Brave, Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews

Costume Design: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran

Documentary Short: Inocente, Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine

Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Sound Editing: Skyfall, Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg

The Oscar 2013 Winners | ‘Argo’ Wins Best Picture; ‘Life of Pi’ Tops Ceremony With 4 Awards (Indiewire)

9 Sexist Things That Happened At The Oscars (Buzzfeed Shift)

Why Seth MacFarlane and The Onion’s Jokes About Quvenzhané Wallis Are So Gross (Think Progress)

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Seriously women like you give all hard working women who don't complain about shit a bad name! Stop crying about everything, this whole women in Hollywood is worst than black people comparing about not having the same opportunities as their white peers.

How many black directors have won a best directing Oscar… NONE how many have been nominated for a best directing Oscar…. TWO. FOUR women have been nominated for a best directing Oscar and One has WON and now is when all the compiling comes… JUST STOP IT!!!!


Oh, give me a break!

Sexist – wow, I guess 99% of stand-up comics are sexist too because they made jokes about women. Oh no, he sang a song about seeing women's boobs in movies! Did you miss the Oscars where lots of people were making fun of Kate Winslett being naked in most of her movies? Were all of those people sexist?

Racist – what awards show were you watching?

Homophobic – unbelievable

Completely unfunny – most of his jokes caused lots of laughter. And the reviews have been very good.

Why don't you claim that he made anti-Nazi jokes for that Sound of Music joke? (which killed, BTW)

Looks like someone had already made up their mind before the show started.


You embarrass yourself to call out an entire industry, which historically produced content primarily for women, and yet provide no substantial evidence or argument to support your claims. Being a woman ought not afford you the right to publicity, just for placidly complaining about how hard it is to be a woman.


It's funny because Naomi Watts and Charlize Theron seemed to disagree that it was misogynistic, seeing as they were part of the act.

I despise PC Scum

What you're too ignorant to realize is that your worldview is actually misogynistic. You seem to think that women are so weak and spineless that they can't handle a few harmless jokes. But that's not what this is about. You're just another pathetic failure of a writer who wants to get some attention by throwing words like misogynist around. The definition of misogynist is a man who hates women. How privileged and spoiled you must be to think that a few mediocre jokes constitute hate. I'm nauseated by the culture of whiners we've become as a nation. A song about boobs is not a political treatise. A joke can't just be a joke without some attention seeking brat pretending it's a hate crime. But without you tossing ridiculous accusations about, this would just be another list of Oscar winners. And that wouldn't get you the attention you clearly think you deserve.


Why do we have to live in such a politically correct world? When people are joking in there living rooms with their family's and friends that is the kinda stuff they joke about!

We Saw Peter's Johnson

Ned Beatty, we've seen your junk! Laugh along, or you're difficult and don't have a sense of humor!

Also, Steven Spielberg won't admit his past as an exotic dancer, and it doesn't matter that we can't understand Ang Lee because he's so attractive.

It's funny!!! Because comedy is never political or expressing a skewed world view, or reinforcing power dynamics that Those In Power are afraid of losing. Suck it up, minorities! Your white male mastah is making fun of you!!

All of this year's Oscar male actor nominees (Supporting and Lead) have shown their butts onscreen. All of them. And I made memes ("We Saw Your Butt") here:

Peter Johnson-Johnson

The joke underneath the Boobs number was on any guy who would watch "The Accused", and come away from it thinking only, "Hey, I saw Jodie Foster's boobs!"

Life is hard; it's good to laugh.


It's just one more insult in the many insults women in Hollywood have always been dealt.
After all, Scarlett Johansson, who he mocked over seeing her boobs nonconsesually through the criminal hacking of her phone has supported in 3 Marvel movies to date while waiting for her own superhero movie which never materialised.
This all while Marvel has lensed or filmed 11 WHITE MALE SUPERHEROES in a row.
Black widow's next appearance is in Captain america 2, where the Cap will be supported by 2 Black guys and 2 women, NONE of whom have had their own movie.
THAT'S entertainment!


If you look into seth macfarlane you'd know he is a massive supporter of gay rights and has been outspoken about this on talk shows and in general speeches. Calling him homophobic for simply saying the word gay is stupid (coming from a lesbian). The joke involving don cheadle wasnt racist. The boobs song was clearly a joke and all 3 actresses were a part of it. The joke about having the flu to be skinny, was essentially the same joke tina fey did at the GG.
Seriously, at EVERY event like this, the actors and the industry get made fun, its just a big roast. I doubt anyone else could have pulled it off like he could have.
Oh and the Lincoln joke was so funny, and Daniel Day Lewis himself told practically the same joke about a month ago.
Someone isnt racist or sexist based on one line, at worst you can say some of the jokes didnt hit the mark. Chill out. Do you have any damn idea how many women he employs? the guys fucking amazing. He bought Carl Sagan's cosmos back to life!

David R.

"We live in a world where women in many countries are judged inferior because of our bodies and it is painful to know that the Academy thought this was appropriate for their ceremony."

Kerensa, get over yourself.


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Just so you know, Jennifer Lawrence said she LOVED the "boobs" song. Then again, Lawrence actually has a sense of humor.

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