An Oscar lesson for Seth MacFarlane: Listen to Captain Kirk

Feb. 25, 2013 | 2:46 p.m.
Oscars 2013 host Seth MacFarlane -- shown here backstage at the Academy Awards ceremony -- earned mixed reviews. What did you think? Tell us in the comments. (Credit: Getty Images)

Oscars 2013 host Seth MacFarlane — shown backstage at the Academy Awards ceremony — earned mixed reviews. What did you think? Tell us in the comments. (Getty Images)

Oscars 2013 host Seth MacFarlane heard it, but he just didn’t listen. Next time, though, he’d do well to obey a direct order from Captain Kirk. Or maybe get some advice from Sulu.

The 85th Academy Awards kicked off with some endearing, self-deprecating jokes by the creator of TV’s “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” as well as the blockbuster movie “Ted.”

And the laughs kept coming as Captain Kirk — a.k.a. “Star Trek” star William Shatner — time traveled from the future in a bid to save MacFarlane, and quite possibly humanity, from what was about to unfold at the Oscars ceremony.

“I’m here to stop you from doing what you’re about to do,” Kirk warned from aboard (presumably) the starship Enterprise. “The show is a disaster.”

Well, that was one way of putting it. George Takei (who played Sulu) put it another way:

Unfortunately for MacFarlane, the jokes seemed to go downhill from his run-in with Captain Kirk, at least according to media critics.

But what did you think about the show? Would you like to see MacFarlane come back again next year? Or do you agree with the media critics who had this to say about  MacFarlane’s comic patter and the night’s stab at comedy, which included jokes about “boobs,” domestic violence, Jews running Hollywood, anorexia, Lincoln’s assassination, foreign accents, orgies, Nazis and more:

– “MacFarlane was occasionally crude and mildly offensive; unfortunately, he wasn’t very funny. Which is a pretty big problem for a comedian…” — The Los Angeles Times

– “Seth MacFarlane and the Oscars’ Hostile, Ugly, Sexist Night” — The New Yorker

– “… the biggest night in film [was] dedicated to alienating, excluding, and debasing women,” according to Vulture.com, in a piece headlined “Why Seth MacFarlane’s Misogyny Matters.”

– USA Today labeled MacFarlane’s act “awash in self-indulgence” as well as “flat and self-conscious.”

“American Dud,” said Time.

Memo to MacFarlane: The next time Captain Kirk speaks, listen. That’s an order.

Rene Lynch
@renelynch

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