I'm flattered you guys are all expectant about the Who'll Be Back, but sit tight -- it probably won't show up till the weekend.
I know I already went pretty well through the McFarlane reaction, but the article Harry posted -- and lots I've read around the web -- makes me want to return to it, because I find the dichotomy it's aroused fascinating.
It really seems to come down to one joke -- a joke I and many others found utterly harmless, but a large group seems to feel deserves the humor equivalent of the death penalty.
The joke, referencing Quvenzhane Wallis, was: "To give you an idea just how young she is -- it'll be 16 years before she'll be too old for Clooney".
For me, this was clearly a dig at Clooney's propensity for dating young starlets. It wasn't a whole lot different from a years-ago Whoopi Goldberg joke, "Be careful about drinking too much tonight. Last year, a producer accidentally went home with someone his own age". But to a vociferous crowd, it "sexualized" Wallis; according to them, it raised a vivid picture of Clooney having his way with the girl right now.
My reaction to that is, it tells me alot more about YOUR psyche than McFarlane's. I'd thought this was strictly the reaction of the looking-to-take-offense crowd; it certainly had never crossed my mind. But I've seen this reaction even from some people I know who don't normally fall into that category.
Anyway, the joke seems a line of demarcation. For those who took it badly -- like the one who wrote Harry's article -- McFarlane is the demon, and everything he said should be interpreted in the worst possible way. Thus, the Rex Reed/Adele line was meant to ridicule Adele's weight -- rather than, as many of us thought, to trash Reed for his grotesque criticism of Melissa McCarthy. The mention of Jack Nicholson's house inevitably evoked Roman Polanski (naturally; it was only 35 YEARS AGO!). The reference to Salma Hayek demeaned women as meant to be seen and not listened to (conveniently overlooking that Javier Bardem was mentioned in the same breath).
I've long resented the use of the term politically correct. It seems over recent decades it's been hijacked by people who want to sneer at anything progressive. But here I find it applies in the original sense. The old saw that feminists have zero sense of humor seems to be getting a workout this week, and I don't think it helps anyone who's truly interested in the cause.
McFarlane actually had the best tweet yesterday, summing up alot of the hypocrisy: "Coming up: Seth McFarlane's Disgusting Objectification of Women. But, First: Our List of the Best and Worst Dressed"