Jamie Lee Curtis is no fan of Seth MacFarlane.
The actress wrote an op-ed for Huffington Post over the weekend, “And the Oscar Goes to… Hell,” where she took MacFarlane to task for the misogyny apparent in his Oscar hosting gig, particularly his opening number, “We Saw Your Boobs.”
“I was offended last week. As an Academy member, as the child of former Academy members and as a woman, I expected more from the best that the movie business has to offer,” she wrote. “The Oscars are about honoring art and artists. It is not supposed to be a cheesy vaudeville show…. I am an actress who has bared her breasts in films to satisfy the requirement of the role I was asked to do – lucky to do, for in my case, those films were significant in my career. I didn’t like doing it. I didn’t ask if I could do them topless. I did what was asked of me for the part I was playing. Mostly asked by men.”
This isn’t the first time Curtis, who despite appearing topless on film was not mentioned personally in MacFarlane’s song, has weighed in about women’s representation in Hollywood. In 2002, the actress appeared in an unretouched photograph in just a sports bra and underwear for More magazine to show women the difference between the “glam” version of her they see and the reality. In addition, Curtis has written a popular series of children’s books about self-acceptance.
Curtis ends her piece by quoting from some of the most famous lyrics from Les Misérables: “I dreamed a dream, too: ‘There was a time when men were kind/ When their voices were soft/
And their words inviting/ There was a time when love was blind/ And the world was a song/ And the song was exciting/ There was a time/ Then it all went wrong.’And the Oscar goes to?”
MacFarlane, for his part, hasn’t responded publicly to Curtis’ piece, but when some criticism was leveled against him immediately after the Oscars, he wrote on Twitter, “Interesting article about the press’ anger over the Boobs song,” and linked to a Huffington Post article titled, “The Year in Sideboob (Photos).”