Tabloid Rundown — The Week of Links


  • Seth MacFarlane is dating Alexis Knapp (Ryan Phillipe’s baby mamma). NYDN
  • Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa are getting married. Vibe
  • Kim Kardashian was spotted with her baby. PopSugar
  • Will Arnett is dating Katie Lee (Billy Joel’s ex-wife). DListed
  • Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are on the outs over Justin Bieber. Idolator
  • Carmen Electra caught Simon Cowell in bed with Lauren Silverman. ICYDK
  • Soleil Moon Frye is pregnant. E! News
  • Katie Couric responded to Kim Kardashian’s twitter diss. Hollywood Life
  • Jennifer Lopez is returning to American Idol. Celebuzz
  • Donald Faison and CaCee Cobb had a baby. TV Guide
  • The Khloe Kardashian divorce rumors continue. Socialite Life

Is Seth MacFarlane a Misogynist? Hollywood Hypocrisy Hits a High Note

Seth Macfarlane OscarsEqual opportunity offenders always get a pass. The reason? Because if you offend everyone, then it’s clear your heart isn’t actually advocating the joke. But it seems most news outlets have forgotten that Seth MacFarlane took universal digs during his gig as Oscar host, and they are only focusing on his misogyny, most notably his “boobs” song and dance, and his dig at Adele’s weight. As for the Jews? Well, who really cares that he made an anti-Semitic joke when he disrespected women, right?

As a woman, allow me to say that my panties are not in a knot. Hollywood women are notorious for overtly sexualizing themselves on every magazine cover, and constantly consenting to gratuitous on-screen nudity. If you want equality, then act equal. Don’t spread your legs on a Maxim cover and then ask for MacFarlane’s respect. Furthermore, lighten up.

Oscars 2013 — A Full Review

OSCAR-2013-Promo-Poster-01Despite my assured proclamations to my brother that Seth MacFarlane would be “the worst host in Oscar history,” even The Dishmaster can eat crow. He was good. He was classy, capable, and enjoyable. He got out of the way, knowing exactly when to assert himself and when to exit. As for the show, there were some memorable performances, including a killer solo by Jennifer Hudson, and a did-she-age-backwards moment from Barbra Streisand. And who can forget Jennifer Lawrence’s fall on her way to the stage, which she eloquently dismissed, making her ever-the-more likable. As for Ben Affleck, he’s validated his talent ten times over, and he’s also got a date with his fellow producer, who hogged the stage in a self-aggrandizing rant, perhaps eaten by his own ego. When he finally got his humble moment, Affleck hilariously confessed that his marriage is work, “but the best kind of work,” which brought me nostalgically back to the day when he accepted his first Oscar, speaking exceptionally fast and off-the-cuff. There was a tasteless closing song that I’ll pretend I never heard, because . . . well . . . you can’t have everything.

‘Ted’ — Movie Review

Written by: Dan O’Connell, Guest Contributor

Hilarious extended riff on the wish-fulfillment storyline, a blue collar Boston guy (Mark Wahlberg) tries to balance his relationship with his extremely patient fiancee (Mila Kunis), and his stuffed bear Ted (voice of Seth MacFarlane), who came to life when he was eight after a Christmas wish. Now, Ted has turned into the equivalent of a former child star, getting high and sleeping around with hookers, and attempting to make it on his own with a crummy minimum wage job.

MacFarlane gets a lot of flak for running the pop culture references on “Family Guy” into the ground, as well as overly relying on non-sequiturs, but the guy knows how to keep a 90 minute feature afloat, and he keeps the laughs coming consistently. As for Wahlberg, he proves once again after his great comedic turn in “The Other Guys” that he knows how to play the straight man. Though the film ladles on the schmaltz a little too much toward the end, it’s a consistent laugh from beginning to end.


Jon Stewart v. Seth MacFarlane — Piers Morgan Gets the Dirt

Everyone knows that Jon Stewart notoriously addresses bad behavior. But when Seth MacFarlane recounted the verbal tongue lashing he received from Stewart during the 2008 writer’s strike — I was shocked. Who knew Jon Stewart made house calls?

The irony of the writer’s strike is that while many writers fought for more — they ended up with less. The main issues being asked for at the time, included: a higher DVD residual rate on DVD sales; compensation for new media (such as internet streaming of television shows); and obtaining writing credit for work on reality television (at the time this was considered a “non-scripted” medium). But while the writers were fighting, Hollywood suffered, and many shows were canceled because the ratings didn’t recover from the extended hiatus. As a result, jobs were lost. David Letterman led the moral pack by paying his own writers out of pocket during the strike, and he later struck a deal with the Writers Guild, which allowed his staff to return without crossing the picket line.

It was rumored that Stewart attempted and failed to negotiate a Letterman-style deal, so he instead chose to air his show without his writers. But he was between a rock and a hard place. Had he gone dark, many non-writers working on The Daily Show at the time stood to lose their jobs. Did he make the right choice? Is it arguable? And if it is arguable, did Seth MacFarlane have a right to take a stand?

‘American Dad’ Faces FCC Fine for Having Sex With a Horse (video)

Seth MacFarlane’s show ‘American Dad’ is facing a $25,000 fine from the FCC regarding an episode where the main character performs a sexual act on a horse.  They received over 100,000 complaints from what I imagine is a big group of people that don’t have a sense of humor.  If you want to see this “sexual act”, you will have to watch the video below.  I have to admit that I laughed very hard when I saw the scene.