I’m not going to suddenly pretend to not be a Seth MacFarlane fan. I put him in the Bill Maher category of celebs I disagree with. Guys who at least try staying intellectually honest (see Liberals Attack Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane Over Jenner Jokes… He Doesn’t Take Bait and Liberal “Family Guy” Creator Seth MacFarlane Upsets Liberals With Conservative Tweet). Plus some of my most favorite episodes on TV over the years are when Stewie and Brian lampoon old Bob Hope and Bing Crosby road comedies.
But this tweet is mind-numbingly stupid.
If you eat corn but don’t know how to grow it, your opinion regarding the skill is less valid than that of a farmer. If you watch standup but don’t perform it, your opinion regarding the craft is less valid than that of a comedian. So listen hard to what Jeff Ross has to say: https://t.co/UuYQZzWKx9
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) May 2, 2018
He’s saying that people who aren’t self-professed experts in a topic have no authority to speak on that topic. Think about this. He’s a politically active celebrity. Who makes his living in dick and fart jokes. Now he says you shouldn’t speak on issues you aren’t experienced in yourself.
Let’s play this out. Non-comedians can’t criticize comedy they don’t find funny. M’kay. Then brain dead celebrities can’t speak out on guns. Climate change. Women’s rights if they’ve ever worked with Harvey Weinstein. If this is the standard, most of Hollywood should only give their opinions on playing make believe and ignoring sexual assault.
Wait… I’m rethinking my position on this.
I’m not on the side of people acting outraged by Michelle Wolf. Far from it. But comedy is art and art is at least subjective. Anyone who doesn’t find something funny is able to say so, even if they’ve never written a joke before. Just like people who are not chefs can comment on whether or not they like a dish. People who are not directors can comment on whether or not they liked Justice League. People who are not doucheburritos can comment on self-important douches acting like dicks. You see the theme, I’m sure.
And so we’re all clear, Dean Martin is the master of the roast. Not Jeffrey Ross.