No jokes about Islam that’s for sure.
by Times of Israel Staff
The Jews — they run Hollywood.
That was the gist of one of Sunday’s segments at the Academy Awards, where TV writer Seth McFarlane received decidedly mixed reviews in his first outing as host.
Hired by the Academy to add some irreverence and relative youth to the broadcast, the 39-year-old McFarlane pushed buttons with jokes about women, gays, the Lincoln assassination and Adele’s weight.
Also stretching the boundaries of political correctness was a segment featuring the stars of “Ted,” the monster 2012 hit written by McFarlane and starring Mark Wahlberg and a stuffed bear.
Like the characters on “Family Guy,” McFarlane’s long-running TV cartoon, the stuffed bear’s function is to make others squirm with inappropriate, arguably hateful comments. His focus during the Oscars was on gaining acceptance in Hollywood — so he could attend an orgy after the ceremony — and his strategy was ingratiating himself to the industry’s Jews.
“You know what’s interesting? All those actors I just named are part Jewish,” the bear informed Wahlberg, after naming nominees Joaquin Phoenix, Alan Arkin and Daniel Day-Lewis. (For the record, Arkin is Jewish on both sides of his family, and Phoenix and Day-Lewis have Jewish mothers.)
“Oh, okay,” Wahlberg responded, pretending to be a bit flustered.
“What about you? You’ve got a ‘berg’ on the end of your name. Are you Jewish?” continued the bear, voiced by McFarlane.
When Wahlberg clarified that he’s Catholic, the stuffed animal whispered, “Wrong answer. Try again.”
The segment then shifted into a series of claims by the character that he’s Jewish, including the news that he “was born Theodore Shapiro,” and that “I would like to donate money to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever. Thank you.”
The bear also boasted he’d receive a private plane at “the next secret synagogue meeting.”
We’ll give the bear the benefit of the doubt, and assume McFarlane was ironically mocking, rather than perpetuating, anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jewish control of Hollywood. Whether that joke will be understood in other parts of the world is less than certain.
Either way, the “little club” of “bloated, overprivileged [Hollywood] Jews” is certainly one of McFarlane’s running themes.
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