“Extra” Takes Issue with My Oscar Commentary; Feminists Take Issue with Seth MacFarlane’s Jokes
Feb 27, 2013
RUSH: Normally I tell the broadcast engineer, “Forget sound bites two and three. That’s just habit. I’m not gonna play sound bites from an Entertainment Tonight-type show,” but I may have to change my mind because that’s also about me. Well, it’s not ET. It’s “Extra.” It’s Maria Menounos and Mario Lopez. You know, I met Mario Lopez at the Miss America Pageant. I’ve told this story. The actual night of the telecast is Saturday night, and all of us judges are down there on the floor right by the stage.
Mario Lopez was the emcee, and he winked at me from the stage as an acknowledgement, one media professional to another. I happened to be the only media pro in the judging panel. The others are former pageant winners or what have you. I’m not putting them down. He just winked at me, one media professional to another. But here they take me to task for somehow not being fully supportive of Michelle Obama’s hijacking of the Academy Awards. In fact, they get mad at me for referring to it that way.
MENOUNOS: We start with Operation Mrs. Obama. The top-secret mission to get her on the Oscars.
LOPEZ: Yes, and the first lady has taken all kinds of heat for that appearance. Personally, I think the whole thing is being blown out of proportion. I thought it was a nice surprise to see her at the end of the show.
MENOUNOS: Yeah, it was nice.
LOPEZ: She had the troops in the background and everything.
MENOUNOS: Absolutely, and today one of the men behind the big surprise is here telling us how it all went down.
RUSH: Right. So then they get the guy “behind the big surprise” to tell ’em how it all went down, and after the report, they of course had to introduce the villain — and who do you think the villain is?
JERRY PENACOLI: (bouncy music) Let me get this straight. This was a bad thing? Michelle Obama, amazingly, finds herself in the crosshairs of criticism today, after a surprise Academy Awards show appearance some are calling “Oscargate.” The biggest mouths on the right [are] calling it political propaganda.
RUSH ARCHIVE: It was out of place. It was unnecessary. It was unneeded.
JERRY PENACOLI: Rush Limbaugh calling it a political hijacking!
RUSH ARCHIVE: She’s got nothing to do with Hollywood.
RUSH: Now, once again, they miss the big point here. So let me once again explain for you what the real irony was. Here you have the first lady, the wife of the commander-in-chief, and the commander-in-chief is responsible for security of all United States employees at embassies around the world. She’s giving an award for the best movie. It turns out to be Argo, which is about what? The successful rescue of six American embassy personnel from Iran in 1979.
Did nobody see the irony of having the first lady of this regime, which failed to protect the lives of American citizens in Benghazi, present the award? Four Americans died at the US consulate in Benghazi and there’s the first lady of that regime giving out the best picture award to a movie celebrating the successful rescue of six Americans. I think that was as ironic as it could be. Now, I didn’t call it “Oscargate,” and Moochelle was not in my “crosshairs of criticism.”
I just openly wondered. You know, you’re trucking along, you’re watching the show and in the last minute of a four-hour show — actually the show went on 3-1/2 hours, maybe 3:05. I forget. It wasn’t four; it just seemed like it. So in the last minute or so, out of nowhere, you get Michelle Obama with some waiters dressed up as military people in some room in the White House and it just didn’t work.
I don’t know. It didn’t flow. I openly wondered, “Even low-information people, are they gonna say, ‘Wait a minute. We don’t want you popping up everywhere we go’?” Since we’re on this, dadelut dadelut dadelut. We’re gonna go back to the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites, ladies and gentlemen, because the feminazis are fit to be tied over Seth MacFarlane and some of the things he did hosting the Oscars on Sunday night.
(playing of Feminist Update Theme Song)
RUSH: Ah, yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites, our Feminist Update Theme, one of many that were in the rotation back in the nineties. That’s the Forester Sisters, that we did there… That’s actual audio from a women’s pro-choice rally on the steps of the Capitol in Washington sometime back in the early nineties. “We’re fierce, we’re feminists, and we’re in your face!” We did not make any of that up. We didn’t have an actress reciting the lines.
It was actually recorded with mad feminists on the steps of the Capitol during a pro-choice rally. Back then, they didn’t have a sense of humor, and they still don’t. “Two female California state lawmakers have condemned Oscar host Seth MacFarlane’s comments during Sunday’s awards presentation as degrading toward women…” I guess Seth MacFarlane has “made headlines for his argumentative statements,” too.
“Two female California state lawmakers” are upset with Seth MacFarlane because he was “degrading toward women and [they] asked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to use better judgment in the future. Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, both Democrats who lead the Legislature’s women’s caucus, sent a letter to Academy President Hawk Koch on Tuesday, requesting that the organization disavow MacFarlane’s behavior.
“They objected to the comedian’s focus on the physical appearance of several actresses and quips about nude scenes. ‘Furthermore…'” This is from their official statement in anger. “‘Furthermore, there was a disturbing theme about violence against women being acceptable and funny,’ the lawmakers wrote. ‘From topical jabs about domestic violence to singing about ‘boobs’ during a film’s rape scene, Seth MacFarlane crossed the line from humor to misogyny.’ …
“He also made light of a domestic violence incident between rapper Chris Brown and singer Rihanna, and joked about the heavy accents of several Latina actresses. ‘On Oscar night, when Hollywood seeks to honor its best, Seth MacFarlane’s monologue reduced our finest female actresses to caricatures and stereotypes, degrading women as a whole and the filmmaking industry itself,’ the letter stated.” So, I mean, Seth did… By the way, he was an equal opportunity host.
He just bashed everybody in that audience, every group that was represented in that audience. He bashed everybody.
But, as you see, there’s still no sense of humor, no ability to laugh at yourself or anybody else on the part of uptight and tightly wound libs.