The Hilarious, Highly-Rated Seth MacFarlane Is Not An Anti-Semite

Jewish organizations shouldn’t watch comedians like Seth MacFarlane and expect political correctness.  The Anti-Defamation League and Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned jokes that Seth MacFarlane made as Anti-Semitic at Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony – and they are wrong.  MacFarlane was a great host of the Oscars – and an equal offender of Jews, as well as everyone from George Clooney, Kim Kardashian and the man who killed Lincoln.

MacFarlan is a comedian making jokes – and his whole shtick is not-politically correct nor meant to be.  As he sang a song “We Saw Your Boobs”, joked about losing weight, Penelope Cruz and Selma Hayek not speaking English, homosexuality and many other things, the audience laughed.

Aren’t there much more important things for American Jewish organizations to worry about than inane jokes?  Last night, “Ted” told his costar Mark Wahlberg that if he “wants to work in this town” he needs to be Jewish. He added “I was born Theodore Shapiro and I would like to donate to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever.”  The character insinuated there was a secret Hollywood Jewish cabal which controls the industry.  And perhaps it is offensive – but its humor.

These jokes aren’t dangerous to the Jewish community and indeed as the laughs and cheers throughout indicated, Seth MacFarlane did a great job according to viewers, with an average of 40.3 million viewers tuned in to the Oscar telecast.  Ratings were up 2% over last year, and the best since 2010.  Mazel Tov.

Jewish organizations shouldn’t be the judges of humor, and people shouldn’t check with the ADL or the Simon Wiesenthal Center before laughing. No secure Jew should feel remotely threatened by anything MacFarlane said.

The Zionist visionary Ze’ev Jabotinsky many years ago wrote that Jews “…must learn to laugh” – which means in part that Jews need to develop confidence. Be confident and laugh and live.

This Jewish PR firm owner says thanks are due to Seth MacFarlane for making us laugh.

About the Author
Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of 5WPR. Headquartered in New York City, the firm is one of the 25 largest independent public relations firms in the United States. 5WPR has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards; and Ronn Torossian is the winner of the Silver Stevie Communications, Investor Relations, and PR Executive of the Year of the Year Award by the American Business Awards. Ronn’s book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” received rave reviews. He is a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is an active board member of a number of non-profit organizations. Ronn Torossian is a frequently sought after communications expert, often appearing on FOX News, CNBC, Huffington Post, Time Magazine, and other major media outlets. He resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his family. Email: Facebook: Ronn's Facebook Twitter: Ronn's Twitter Page