Seth MacFarlane reveals truth about his 2013 Harvey Weinstein joke

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It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn't resist the opportunity to hake a hard swing in his direction.

A joke Seth MacFarlane made during the announcement of the Academy Award nominees in 2013 is going viral again after the wave of sexual harassment and assault accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

In recent days, the joke has been seen to take on new meaning as shocking stories have come to light regarding Weinstein's gross treatment of women.

After reading out the nominees for Best Supporting Actress, MacFarlane quipped that the women would "no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".

It's unknown how many people in Hollywood were aware of Harvey Weinstein's terrible behavior before last week.

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On Wednesday, Barth urged people not to judge MacFarlane for making a joke instead of more directly addressing Weinstein's behavior. Especially when it involves a famous person, thousands of people automatically don't believe you because they assume you are just doing it for a settlement or are trying to get famous or think you for some reason were "asking for it".

Jessica Barth has also since come forward to defend her former co-star, explaining Seth hadn't spoken out at the time because she had asked him not to.

- Jessica Barth (@_jessicabarth_) October 11, 2017 Oh my god, seriously!? Barth wrote. "STOP! He was respecting my decision!" And, only after he discussed this with me did he make a statement.

She later added, "To everyone bad-mouthing Seth, how about applauding him for being one of FEW men in Hollywood speaking out!"

MacFarlane wasn't the only comedian to reference Weinstein's alleged sexual misdeeds long before the New York Times story made them public; Tina Fey's hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock took aim at Weinstein on two occasions, with Jane Krakowski's character Jenna Maroney noting, "I have turned down sex with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions". There is nothing more abhorrent and insensible than abuse of power such as this.

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