Seth MacFarlane reveals truth behind infamous Harvey Weinstein joke
Oct 12 2017 by Francis Osborne
After listing off the nominees in the supporting actress category that year, MacFarlane said, "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".
Following the recent list of sexual assault and harassment allegations levied against Mr Weinstein, Mr MacFarlane explained his joke on Twitter. It got to the point that Barth herself made a decision to step in, urging them to stop "slamming Seth for not "doing" anything".
In an emotional Twitterpost, MacFarlane revealed that his gag was a way of standing up to the studio boss, who had allegedly sexually harassed his friend and co-star Jessica Barth. "This came from a place of and loathing and anger".
"She has since courageously come forward to speak out", MacFarlane added.
"He stood by me and respected my wishes not to retaliate in any way, "Barth wrote of MacFarlane".
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"So, what would happen if, say, we're having some champagne and I take my clothes off and you give me a massage?"
Seth claims Jessica Barth confided in him about her brush with Weinstein and that's what inspired his dig at the movie mogul.
As allegations against disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein pile up, more and more celebrities are coming forward to either confirm or deny their own pre-existing knowledge about the situation.
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 were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances", spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement to the magazine.
Weinstein has separately issued an apology and said he is going to get therapy. And, only after he discussed this with me did he make a statement.