Seth MacFarlane Slams ‘Duck Dynasty’ at Critics’ Choice Television Awards

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Seth MacFarlane pulled no punches in accepting the Louis XIII Genius Award at the Critics’ Choice Television Award, taking aim at “Duck Dynasty,” himself and TV critics in his remarks.

“Let’s not forget I’m being declared a genius on a network that airs ‘Duck Dynasty,’ a show whose cast members believe hurricanes are created by gay marriage. I wish I was joking,” he said on the live telecast that aired on A&E Network.

MacFarlane, who is known for his multi-hyphenate duties on “Family Guy” and other shows, didn’t spare himself in his barbs. “I want to thank the people at Fox who years ago took a chance on a quirky little animated show about a bumbling dad and his family — which I saw and then created ‘Family Guy,’ ” he said, alluding to “The Simpsons.”

He also noted that after getting plenty of rough reviews in his career, getting the genius award from a critics org is akin to dealing with a “remorseful abusive dad. ‘I’m sorry about the cigarette burns. Here’s $5 because it’s Easter.’ “

In closing, MacFarlane expressed his appreciation and his bemusement at being selected for the Genius trophy.

“I’m very grateful,” he said. “If my work has made the world even a tiny bit better — I would be incredibly surprised.”

The award was presented by Charlize Theron, who co-starred with MacFarlane in last year’s western comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” which she joked was “a $40 million excuse to make out with me.”

MacFarlane received the Critics’ Choice award on the same night that the Fox/National Geographic TV science-oriented docu series that he produced, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” was honored in New York with a prestigious Peabody Award.

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  1. You all missed the on moniker that he was trying to speak about. I think he is saying something like this, “Hey, I am just someone who got lucky and made it to where I am, there are many more people and things in the world that deserve praise and attention.” How about that, does that make all of you, stick up your butt people feel better. You should know the back story on this person. Start at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), comes from Connecticut. No silver spoon, just hard work and a go get them attitude. What the hell is wrong with all of you idiots, if someone rises to the top, you say they got there the easy way, when people work hard but don’t rise to the top, you say “poor guy” worked hard all his life and got no where. Did you ever think that maybe you all are the schmucks and don’t do either because you would rather be jealous of someone’s success by trying to knock them down because you can’t get off your butt and chase a dream. Wow, you adults that are posting, go back to childhood, that way you can whine and it doesn’t matter. Get a grip people, he works at his craft just like any person who gets up and goes to work in the morning. Just more money but I am sure the demands on his life are just as much.

  2. HowIseeIt says:

    Seth MF is proof that talent should not mixed up with an award that has the word ‘genius’ as part of the moniker. I will give him that he has talent, but obviously he is not a ‘genius’ nor is he ‘intelligent’. Just another Hollywood Bozo using media to spew how ungrateful they are. You win an award that appeared to be prestigious, so go up and show appreciation and gratitude and shut-up about everything else –

  3. FreeJack says:

    One big difference here, and that is that Duck Dynasty can manage to be funny even if they’re offensive to some people. Seth MacFarlane hasn’t quite figured out how to do that.

  4. Jim says:

    I just have to laugh at all the panties in a bunch on here. His speech was really funny, & I wish more acceptance speeches were like that. He made more fun of himself than DD, so people need to chill out & not take things so seriously.

  5. jahhluv2001 says:

    I find the people defending the Hillbilly Dynasty to be hilarious. They are the same family whose head of household said you should marry your wife at 15. 15 is a CHILD! And thats the person you goons look up to? Really? And speaking of which shouldnt Willies daughter be hitched by now? Or is she going to be an old maid like Ellie May? Instead of being down at the crick hunting crawdads she should be out getting courted, no? And this. “Robertson thinks black Americans were treated just fine in the Jim Crow-era South, and that they were happy there.” and this “Robertson thinks the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor because they didn’t believe in Jesus.” and this “Robertson hates gay people”
    And this is the reprobate you people want to defend and look up too? HAHA! Stay off the moonshine, folks. Ya’ll come back now! Ya hear?

  6. Luke Wilson says:

    Looks like he finally pulled his head out of the toilet and came up for air. LOL

  7. Don says:

    Silly, crass, and pathetic individual. He’s made millions by exploiting and enhancing the degradation of America. He’s the lead teenage boy and his fans are adult juveniles.

  8. tslghtr says:

    This coming from the individual who brought us the steaming crap that is “A Million Ways To Die In The West”

  9. dee says:

    Seth just told the truth in his own funny way. Duck Dynasty IS scripted and there ARE bigots on the show.

    When I saw Willie wearing that flag headscarf during the State of the Union address, my first thought was how disrespectful he was and then I wondered what would have happened if it had been Beyonce there. She, other black people, rappers – all would have been under attack for using the pic of a flag as headwear. Fox network, Rush, Beck, etc would have been all over her but a white “hillbilly” got away with it. Gee, I wonder why.

  10. Henry says:

    Seth MacFarlane is an ass, everyone knows that. He makes fart jokes for a living.

  11. MITCH says:


  12. duck dynasty fan says:

    Anyone that is trying to hurt the Duck Dynasty fans are probably just loners that have nothing else to do but sit there on their computers at their mothers houses without a life. So yeah back off, go get a life.

    • jahhluv2001 says:

      According to the head redneck shouldnt Willies daughter already be hitched so her man isnt marrying a wh0re? The head redneck condones marrying CHILDREN at 15. And thats who you choose to defend? Really? LOL

    • Michael Del Agostino says:

      All losers continue to watch duck moron , family, , really research what you are putting into your lower than average IQ…

  13. Brenda Gast says:

    Love Seth, but he could take a few lessons from the Duck Dynasty family!

    • jahhluv2001 says:

      Like what? Thinking you should marry your wives at 15 so they arent already wh0res? Speaking of which. shouldnt Willies daughter already be married? Or is she going to be an old maid like Ellie May?

    • lildspop says:

      Like what? Be extremely fake and pandering to a specific piece of American culture? Change his life into what he is being paid for instead of being who they were before that? Completely sell out so his face us all over everything at WalMart? Please, continue..

  14. Lorena says:

    I hate that this bothers me. Great article, by the way. Just look up the definition of bemusement. That is all.

  15. Yer Mom says:

    No matter how creative, well-intentioned or beloved either Seth McFarlane or the Robertsons are, they are beholding to the television king-makers. It’s appropriate yet absurd that one would criticize the other where greed is the motive and goal. Ridiculous to believe for a moment either had any high ground to stand on in order to deride the other. It is, however, precious to see them go through the motions.

  16. Matt Gibson says:

    Shame on all of you. They have not talked about u so why do people like you want to show themselves on something that does not pertain to them. Stop insulting others. Our country has a bigger problem than these issues. Put more important things in your life.

  17. Joe says:

    Don’t even get me started on duck dynasty jesus are you joking.. It’s known by many to be not just heavily scripted but completely manufactured.. You can search for all this info on google ffs…

  18. duck dynasty fan says:

    He has no class. If he actually watched Duck Dynasty he would understand how good of a family they are. The Duck Dynasty family is a example of how all families should act, redneck or not.

    • asdfgh says:

      I would rather watch humans be skinned alive than watch that poor excuse for a tv show. it’s nothing but a bunch of homophobic rednecks that are obsessed with all that ooggity boogity jesus shit and need to fall off the face of the earth

    • Connor Kelley says:

      Your comment was probably the best joke I’ve ever seen! Cracks me up every time!

    • brogdonroad says:

      Have YOU watched that show? It’s pretty terrible…and pretty scripted.

    • Are you kidding me!! It’s a bs reality show you idiot and it’s all scripted by producers, you really are ignorant if you’re going to compare a great(Genius) comedian to redneck trash.

      • duck dynasty fan says:

        Listen, you need to learn your manners. Plus Seth is a idiot and so are you for calling him a “genius”. That’s a bunch of bs you simple minded dumb a** leave them alone and maybe try to act more like them.

  19. pr says:

    He has absolutely no class and promotes trash. Not surprising he can’t relate to the decent honest value centered family of duck dynasty. So happy they are back on the air in June. He should watch and learn

    • Daisy says:

      I love when you suckers believe those Ducky Dynasty fools. It’s a gimmick. Haven’t you seen the pictures of them before they decided to grow beards and fool fellow knuckle draggers into believing they’re one of them? Keep drinking that koolaid!

    • tetho says:

      your comment just shows how many brain cells you contain in that brain of yours…

      • ZenArtist says:

        I think you missed that pr was being sarcastic.

      • Ryan says:

        Right, let’s take some time to worship those values of racism, homophobia, misogyny, and death that those bearded wealth hoarders wave with the Confederate Flag on behalf of Jesus their savior. Middle Americas brain continues to rot while the west coast Obama commies tear apart the world one anus at a time.

  20. Michelle says:

    Seth is actually a great guy. He has absolutely no ego, is humble, invites random fans to his parties, and has more talent in his pinky nail than most do in their whole body. He’s a lovely person to be around and is a gentleman. He’s extremely grateful for all of this success but is very self-deprecating.

  21. Sven says:

    Consider the source: Peter Brady stunt double Seth McFarlane is a sleazebag pervert and a reprobate – his movie 40 Ways Die West sucked b*lls… wish I was joking.

    • Sean says:

      Sven, Sounds like you may be familiar with sucked b*lls

    • Hans-Ulfbernd says:

      It’s actually a million ways to die in the west, not 40 ways. Also, Seth doesn’t need a stunt double, he’s a sleazebag pervert himself. He wouldn’t be able to produce that much hilarious comedy if he weren’t ;)

    • Mark says:

      At least Seth is honest. Those rich hillbillies really DO say that shyte. And believe it, too. Ignorance is rampant in Louisiana–just look at their governor.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      So? Name one star, singer, sports star, etc, who hasn’t bombed at least once! Seth us a huge success and his bank balance says it all.

  22. Jeff Huston says:

    Intentionally ungrateful while accepting an award, and he thinks he’s funny. I’m guessing the voters already regret their decision.

    • Hans-Ulfbernd says:

      And the ingratitude was… where exactly? O_o

    • Michael Anthony says:

      Maybe not funny, but 100% true. ANYONE who thinks the cast of Duck Dynasty, and the execs who made the show, have can ounce of intelligence, shouldn’t even be commenting on this subject.

    • Brandon Bell says:

      I saw nowhere that he was ungrateful. In fact in noted great gratitude during his acceptance speech as I read it hear. He was just surprised he was considered a genius. What I am surprised is why so many apparently Right wing conservative types read Variety. That boggles my mind.

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