The creator of "Family Guy," a show known for its provocative and raunchy style of humor, got mixed reviews after hosting the Academy Awards on Sunday. MacFarlane's turn in the spotlight represented the latest attempt to inject some novelty into the awards with a youthful host, and not everyone was pleased.
"In a world where women have historically faced challenges and obstacles when it comes to their portrayal in popular culture, Sunday evening was a setback for women fighting hard to gain appropriate respect as contributors in this industry and society and general," read a letter from the women's caucus to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
MacFarlane's hackles-raising routine included a joke about R&B singer Chris Brown abusing pop star Rihanna and a song and dance about actresses who appeared topless. The letter from the women's caucus lambasted MacFarlane for relying on "caricatures and stereotypes" and said he "crossed the line from humor to misogyny."
You can read the letter here:
PHOTO CREDIT: Host Seth MacFarlane performs onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theater on Sunday. Chris Pizzello/ Invision/ Associated Press