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Jewish group slams 'offensive' Oscars show sketch

Published on Feb 26, 2013 6:20 AM
 
From second left, actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth MacFarlane and Daniel Radcliffe perform onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday blasted an Oscars sketch in which potty-mouthed film star bear Ted, created by MacFarlane (above), joked about Jews in Hollywood, calling it "offensive and not remotely funny." -- FILE PHOTO: INVISION/AP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday blasted an Oscars sketch in which potty-mouthed film star bear Ted joked about Jews in Hollywood, calling it "offensive and not remotely funny."

The anti-Semitism watchdog said the sketch, at the 85th Academy Awards hosted by Family Guy and Ted creator Seth MacFarlane on Sunday night, was "sad and disheartening."

"While we have come to expect inappropriate 'Jews control Hollywood' jokes from Seth MacFarlane, what he did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny," said ADL national director in the US Abraham Foxman.

"It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism. It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sought to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs," he said.

 
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