Seth MacFarlane, 'Family Guy' Called Out Weinstein, Spacey, Ratner and Rose Before Sexual Misconduct Claims
It seems he used his Fox cartoon to call out the high-profile Hollywood figures when their alleged misdoings were only industry murmur.
It seems that Seth MacFarlane was dropping serious hints through Family Guy that something was amiss with multiple high-profile Hollywood men, who have since been hit with a tidal wave of sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations.
From Kevin Spacey to Brett Ratner to Charlie Rose, MacFarlane, it seems, used his Fox cartoon to call the men out when their alleged misdoings were only industry murmur.
The instance most noted to this point was when Kevin Spacey appeared to be called out in the episode "Don't Make Me Over," which first aired June 5, 2005. That gag had baby Stewie running naked through a crowded mall, yelling, “Help, I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement! Help me!” That episode was written by Gene Laufenberg.
The former House of Cards star has been accused of sexual assault by numerous men. Authorities in the U.S. and U.K. are investigating accusations against the two-time Oscar winner.
Another instance occurred in "Leggo My Meg-O." In this May 2012 episode, Brett Ratner seemed to be called out. The premise is Meg travels to Paris for a trip with a friend. Meg is kidnapped and Brian and Stewie have to save her, a play on the Taken series. Stewie, dressed as a little girl, infiltrates a sex-slave auction. There, Brett Ratner bids $75,000 on him. The episode was written by Brian Scully.
The Rush Hour trilogy director has been accused by numerous women of sexual assault and harassment.
The racy cartoon also took a jab at Charlie Rose. In the February 2012 episode "The New Adventures of Old Tom," Peter compares local newsman Tom Tucker's fall to that of Charlie Rose's. "Poor Tom. Thanks to me, he's fallen even further than Charlie Rose." In the cutaway gag, Rose says he wants to focus on a story about sobering up with sleep. He becomes combative with co-host Gayle King when she acts surprised. The episode was written by Alex Carter.
The disgraced journalist this week was fired from CBS News and PBS after numerous women accused him of coercion and harassment.
Although not through his cartoon, MacFarlane himself also called out Harvey Weinstein back in 2013 while onstage with Emma Stone during the Oscar nominations telecast. There, after naming the five nominees for best supporting actress, MacFarlane remarked, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”
Weinstein has had numerous allegations from multiple female accusers leveled against him, including multiple claims of rape. With those allegations, Weinstein was the first domino to fall in a scandal that has rocked the industry. He is also being investigated by authorities in the U.S. and U.K.
Once the news broke on Weinstein, and MacFarlane's old joke was pointed out, the actor released a statement saying he made the quip because a friend of his, actress Jessica Barth, confided in MacFarlane that she was an alleged victim of Weinstein's.