The INSIDER Summary:
- A video of Seth MacFarlane joking about Harvey Weinstein resurfaced after sexual harassment and assault allegations were recently reported.
- In the clip, MacFarlane congratulates female Oscar nominees and says they “no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”
- MacFarlane said the joke was made due to “loathing and anger” he felt.
- He tweeted saying actress Jessica Barth told him about Weinstein’s alleged inappropriate behavior in 2011.
- Barth tweeted about MacFarlane’s joke, saying “he stood by me and respected my wishes that he not retaliate in any way.”
- Victims of sexual harassment or assault often choose not to confront their abuser.
- MacFarlane didn’t speak up more directly about the incident in order to respect Barth’s privacy.
After a 2013 clip of Seth MacFarlane joking about Harvey Weinstein‘s reputation in Hollywood as an alleged sexual predator recently resurfaced, people questioned why MacFarlane had chosen to jest about the harassment without speaking up more directly.
Now actress Jessica Barth, who had told MacFarlane in 2011 about an “encounter” and “attempted advances” she experienced from Weinstein, is coming to her friend’s defense.
To the people slamming Seth for not “doing” anything, please STOP! He stood by me and respected my wishes that he not retaliate in any way. https://t.co/0mlKILP1Gi
— Jessica Barth (@_jessicabarth_) October 11, 2017
“To the people slamming Seth for not ‘doing’ anything, please STOP!” Barth Wrote. “He stood by me and respected my wishes that he not retaliate in any way.”
Victims of sexual harassment or assault often choose not to confront their abuser for a variety of reasons. Barth later tweeted again about the attention being drawn to MacFarlane’s 2013 joke.
“To everyone bad mouthing Seth, how about applauding him for being one of FEW men in Hollywood speaking out!” Barth wrote.
MacFarlane also released a statement on the incident:
“In 2011, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances. She has since courageously come forward to speak out. 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. Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger. There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this. 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.”
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) October 11, 2017
You can watch the full clip below that shows MacFarlane’s joke about new female Oscar nominees who “no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”