Is Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane Down with the Gays?

By: Brandon Voss

Looks like Argo's Ben Affleck won't be the only gay-friendly fella at the Academy Awards.

Although Oscar host Seth MacFarlane has caught some flak for what's been perceived as antigay jokes in his animated shows Family Guy and American Dad — including an infamous bit in which a barbershop quartet serenades a man with "full-blown AIDS" — he has also been a vocal champion of gay rights.

MacFarlane addressed many of those controversial gay-themed episodes in a 2008 "Big Gay Following" interview with The Advocate, his first and only gay-press chat, which has been reposted on in advance of tonight's gay-produced telecast.

In addition to gay stereotypes, a John Travolta dig, and his fascination with the idea of tops versus bottoms, a pre-Ted MacFarlane discussed his position on gay rights and marriage equality. "I’m incredibly passionate about my support for the gay community and what they’re dealing with at this current point in time," he told the magazine. "I have arguments with people where I get red in the face, screaming at the top of my lungs."

Family Guy voice artist Mila Kunis later confirmed that MacFarlane is a good friend of the LGBT community. "I truly believe that Family Guy is one of the gay-friendliest shows on TV," she told The Advocate. "It’s definitely the least judgmental of any person, religion, or culture, because it makes fun of everything and everybody, but purely out of love. The gay community’s really been embraced by our show."

Revisit MacFarlane's full interview with The Advocate here, and watch him talk gay rights with Bill Maher below.

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