Oscar telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zedan were defending host Seth MacFarlane at the GLAAD Media Awards today—apparently people are still complaining about the Family Guy mastermind.
"We were really proud of Seth," Meron said. "Seth is irreverent, he comments on things that happen in our culture, and that's what he did and we thought he did an extraordinary job."
"People have complained for years and years that the Oscars were becoming irrelevant. And I think what we did this year is to really make them part of the cultural conversation, and I think that's the important part that people will take away," Meron said. That's a good point—when's the last time Billy Crystal or David Letterman caused this much of a stir?
Zadan said somebody he knows was disappointed that MacFarlane didn't go further with his jokes (some people said they were sexist and homophobic). "So you can't really gauge; somebody thinks it's too much, some people think its just enough... he brought in the youngest demos that the Oscars have ever had."
And that infamous boob song? "Everyone who complained missed the joke. It was satire," Meron said. "It was not about the women that were mentioned," Zedan said. "The song was about him being a bad host and him being a juvenile, which was why he was a bad host."