Well here's something else you can blame Seth MacFarlane for. The host's much criticized "We Saw Your Boobs" song during his opening number of the Oscars was all about celebrity nude scenes, and now the website that's all about just that—Mr. Skin—has done MacFarlane's homework for him. In fact, they started their "reporting" even before MacFarlane was finished, just as eyebrows were being raised about a bit that is now continuing the all-too-successful aftermath of brotastic hosting job:
Just saw an ad for Mr. Skin letting customers know all the clips from "We Saw Your Boobs" are available on its site. Now THAT'S marketing!— David Neary (@DeusExCinema) February 26, 2013
The Mr. Skin homepage (obviously NSFW) currently features this tease:
During the musical number, the mostly reviled host's connection to Mr. Skin's ethos was not lost on many on Twitter:
Mr. Skin is gonna get a lot of traffic tonight thanks to Seth Macfarlane. #Oscars— Scott Lang (@scottzillah) February 25, 2013
This #Oscars segment brought to you by Mr. Skin.— Wonderwall MSN (@WonderwallMSN) February 25, 2013
Mr. Skin's Head Writer Mike McPadden told The Atlantic Wire in an email Tuesday morning that the "video playlist response to Seth MacFarlane's song was conceived and rushed into production even before the Oscars sketch had ended." He added: "The song essentially set to music what it is that Mr. Skin does—from the pin-point precision of the information regarding each celebrity nude scene to the brash, 'cheeky' (pun, as always, intended) humor that defines our site's character."
Indeed, yesterday the website Egotastic!—which bills itself as the "sexiest celebrity gossip blog," seriously—noted that "Our good friends at Mr. Skin have put together a point by point, err, skin by skin, celebration of every single actress mentioned in the 'We Saw Your Boobs' and they are making it available free to Egotastic! readers."
But the song was also lambasted by many, who noted that many of the movies mentioned in the song were good, serious films wherein the nudity was not gratuitous. Amy Davidson at the New Yorker wrote:
What made it worse was that most of the movies mentioned, if not all (“Gia”), were pretty great—“Silkwood,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Monster’s Ball,” “Monster,” “The Accused,” “Iris”—and not exactly teen-exploitation pictures. The women were not showing their bodies to amuse Seth MacFarlane but, rather, to do their job.
Margaret Lyons at Vulture added: "As a fun game, count how many actresses he mentions in this song who are portraying rape victims." So now feel free to view scenes from those movies on the site, which calls itself the "web’s #1 go–to destination for the complete skinny on Hollywood starlets at their hottest."
We asked McPadden about the Mr. Skin team's reaction to these sort of criticisms: "We report on nudity—'just the facts about mams,'" he wrote. "Drama and/or whether or not a scene is intended to be titillating is beyond our scope." He added that MacFarlane's song "took the same approach."
MacFarlane, for his part, has taken the perspective that the press clearly has a double standard, tweeting:
Interesting article about the press' anger over the Boobs song:huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/cel…— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 26, 2013
The link in said tweet yields to the Huffington Post's post "Celebrity Sideboob: The Year In Sideboob (PHOTOS)." The Huffington Post also covered the negative reaction to his song.
You can watch the full song here:
As for whether MacFarlane will have a chance to do a repeat?