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Oh Come On, Ladies!

Betty Londergan | Posted 05.08.2013 | Women
Betty Londergan

I'm proud to be a woman and nobody's ever accused me of being too accommodating, but there's a few conversations around women that have been amusing me lately.

Maybe Not So Far, Baby

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

Many have grown complacent with the belief that women "have come a long way, baby." Women have made great strides in the past few decades. But the truth is we still have a fight on our hands.

Geena Davis Adds To The Oscars Criticism

AP | LAURA OLSON | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Academy Award winner Geena Davis on Monday waded into the ongoing controversy over this year's Oscars ceremony by saying host Se...

Is Vulgar the New Normal?

Jennifer L. Scott | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Jennifer L. Scott

I'm hoping that there will be a tipping point whereby our society becomes bored with the tasteless, the lowbrow, the common vulgarities that have seeped into our popular culture.

Sacred And Not-So-Sacred Cows: Humor And The Golden Calf

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Someone I know used to have a mug that said "Sacred cows make the best hamburgers." This pithy statement captures part of what is at stake when we declare certain things to be off limits, taboo or untouchable.

When Is Holocaust Humor Acceptable?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

While we are several generations removed from the Holocaust, there is still new information coming to light about this dark period in European Jewish history. This makes it even more difficult to find humor from such tragedy.

Why Is Everyone So Obsessed With Nipples?

Donna Highfill | Posted 05.04.2013 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I don't understand America's obsession with nipples. Anne Hathaway, winner of the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role, gave the performance of a lifetime in 'Les Misérables.' You would think the next day's headline would be about her incredible talent. Instead, the headline is about how her nipples showed in her dress. Seriously.

And the Oscar Goes to... Hell

Jamie Lee Curtis | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Jamie Lee Curtis

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. The Oscars are about honoring art and artists. It is not supposed to be a cheesy vaudeville show.

Jane Fonda: 'Why Not List All The Penises We've Seen?'

The Huffington Post | Erin Clements | Posted 02.28.2013 | Celebrity

Unsurprisingly, not everyone was charmed when Seth MacFarlane debuted a ditty called "We Saw Your Boobs" at the 85th annual Academy Awards Sunday. Tho...

Why Seth MacFarlane Went Too Far

Dawn V. Woollen | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Dawn V. Woollen

Why did anyone think that on a night that is supposed to honor the best of Hollywood, a town that has broken so many barriers and moved us forward in so many ways, banal sexist, racist and anti-Semitic jokes would be funny and appropriate?

Oscar Producers 'Happy' With Show Despite Criticism

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment

Seth MacFarlane's stint as Oscars host will be remembered for two things: His envelope-pushing jokes about race, sex and religion, and the show's big ...

Why Seth MacFarlane's John Wilkes Booth Joke Didn't Work For Most: Bob Newhart Got it Right When Less Than 100 Years Had Passed

Michael Russnow | Posted 04.29.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Here are two punch lines that remind us of Lincoln's death. One worked for most, the other only for a minority. It had nothing to do with sensitivity about Lincoln's passing, rather it was the approach.

Is Seth MacFarlane Oscar's Latest Lame Duck?

Donnie Demers | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Donnie Demers

If you've ever seen Family Guy than you knew it was almost guaranteed that Seth MacFarlane was poised to offend lots of people. After all, isn't that why Family Guy is so wildly popular?

Seth, Oscar, and Antiquity: The Fine (and Endangered) Art of Making Mockery

Michael Broder | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Broder

Seth MacFarlane's Oscars performance failed less because of racism, sexism, and homophobia than because he forgot what satire is and how it works. The satiric genius of late-night icons like Johnny Carson and beloved fictional curmudgeons like Archie Bunker has been lost in a sea of mindless snark.

Oscar Night 2013 -- It was Seth MacFarlane's Party -- Ben Affleck 'Redeemed' -- Oh, Come On, All He did Was Star in Gigli

Liz Smith | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

I think we've gone overboard on Ben's "redemption" -- even Ben himself. He had a slump. It happens to everybody. He didn't go to hell in a hand basket. He just starred in Gigli.

WATCH: 'We Saw Your Junk' Oscars Parody Goes Full Frontal

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.26.2013 | Comedy

Kevin Gisi goes delightfully below the belt in "We Saw Your Junk," a YouTube parody (above) of Seth MacFarlane's controversial "We Saw Your Boobs" num...

The Seinfelding of Comedy: In Defense of Seth MacFarlane

Andy Ostroy | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

It's a bit absurd to hire Seth MacFarlane, watch Seth MacFarlane, and then be offended because he's, well, being Seth MacFarlane.

'No Way' MacFarlane Will Host Again

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment

There won't be another Seth MacFarlane Oscars. The "Family Guy" showrunner hosted Sunday's Academy Awards, but said he will not take the job again....

The Power of a Tweet, the Power of Reaction: Words Matter

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 04.28.2013 | Media
Lorraine Devon Wilke

The ones who were less outraged -- and, in some cases, thought the tweet funny -- became driven to not only defend The Onion and the general thesis of satire and parody , but to turn tables to attack, sometimes quite viciously, those who were offended by it.

The Grouches Reviewing the Oscars

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 04.27.2013 | Entertainment
Douglas Anthony Cooper

The Oscars may have been tasteless, but the twits who reviewed the Oscars were almost uniformly without taste. The proper response to Seth MacFarlane -- and this may be the professional response we in fact encountered -- is envy.

What's The Times Got Wrong About The Onion Controversy

Maureen Ryan | Posted 02.25.2013 | Media
Maureen Ryan

Almost as surprising as The Onion tweet? The fact that the leading media columnist in America apparently doesn't understand how privilege works.

How Did The Oscars Do This Year?

AP | Posted 02.26.2013 | TV

NEW YORK -- The Oscars telecast was seen by 40.3 million people, a slight increase over last year's show. The Nielsen Company said Monday it was the ...

Michelle Obama's Faustian Bargain For The Arts

Howard Sherman | Posted 04.27.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

Perhaps you were asleep. Or drowsy. Or buzzed from a drinking game. Perhaps you were focused on the dress. You were comparing it to all of the evenin...

The Oscars: How the Women Saved the Show From Spiraling Downward

Greg Archer | Posted 02.25.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Sunday night's Oscars telecast proved one thing: perhaps women should be running the show -- figuratively and otherwise.

Who Should Host NEXT Year's Oscars?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.31.2013 | Entertainment

The 2013 Oscars are barely over -- which means it's time to start thinking of 2014. (Is it too early to predict Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr...