The organization sent out a press release this morning calling Macfarlane’s Ted bit “offensive and not remotely funny,” referring to the part where the teddy bear from the 2012 film, “Ted” came on stage and cracked jokes about how Hollywood is controlled by Jews.
“While we have come to expect inappropriate “Jews control Hollywood” jokes from Seth Macfarlane, what he did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny. It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism,” they stated. “It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sought to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs.”
The ADL noted some two billion people watched the Oscars, some who did not know much about Hollywood’s Jew stereotype.
“We wish that Mr. MacFarlane and the Academy Awards producers had shown greater sensitivity and decided against airing a sketch that so reinforces the age-old canard about Jewish control of the film industry.”