Seth MacFarlane says Oscars dig was meant to shame Weinstein
Back then, the “Family Guy” creator notably cracked, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” as he read off nominees for the Supporting Actress category.
The clip has gone viral since the Weinstein scandal came to light.
The funnyman issued a sobering statement on his Twitter account explaining the 4-year-old joke – which resurfaced in wake of the slew of sexual assault and harassment allegations against the disgraced film veteran.
He said in 2011, Barth – whom he worked with on the “Ted” movies – confided that Weinstein offered to cast her in a film in exchange for a naked massage in his hotel room.
“It was with this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction,” said MacFarlane. “Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger.”
Barth came forward publicly with her allegations in Tuesday’s New Yorker exposé, which detailed scathing allegations by other women that Weinstein forced them into oral sex and even raped one of his employees.
“So, what would happen if, say, we’re having some champagne and I take my clothes off and you give me a massage?”
Barth recalled The Weinstein Company and Miramax co-founder asking. “And I’m, like, ‘That’s not going to happen.’ ”
When she rebuffed his advances, he snarled that she should lose weight to “compete with Mila Kunis” – then changed tones, promising a meeting with one of his executives.
“He gave me her number and I walked out and I started bawling,” Barth said.
MacFarlane joined a growing list of celebrities to condemn Weinstein’s alleged behavior.
“There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this,” the “Family Guy” creator wrote.
“I respect and applaud my friend Jessica and those sharing their stories for their decision to come forward, and for being champions of the truth.”
Weinstein jokes were also made on “30 Rock” in 2012, when character Jenna, played by Jane Krakowski, matter-of-factly remarks that she “turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions – out of five.”