|Not a lone gunman|
Sure, he (and his writing team) came up with the routines, and performed them. But The Oscars is a highly planned, highly choreographed event. Someone came up with the idea of hiring him, knowing full well what he was likely to do. After all, none of what happened at The Oscars was out of character for him - it was actually relatively tame compared to American Dad and Family Guy. (Which I do actually watch and enjoy a lot of the time, despite his tendency to take a joke too far.) Someone knew what he was going to do, and out of all the hosts they could have had, they decided on him. Someone signed off on everything he said and did. Someone, more likely a committee of someone's, looked at the "We Saw Your Boobs" song, and all the rest of it, and said okay. Someone was given his plan to film the boobs song beforehand so they could spring it on the actresses mentioned, and said "Yes, that will be hilarious". You're kidding yourself if you think someone of MacFarlane's stature could put pressure on the Oscar planning committee to go ahead with jokes they didn't like. Every joke was there because someone other than MacFarlane also signed off on it.
Why would they do that, you might ask? Why would they let someone as notoriously offensive as MacFarlane do his thing in front of a global audience? I'm going to guess there were two reasons at the core of the decision making. Firstly, they thought what he was doing was funny. Or at least funny enough to be worth upsetting people. It's quite possible they were also attempting what is generally referred to as "click-baiting" - being awful just to gather attention, because ANY attention is good attention. But personally, I think at least the majority of the committee genuinely thought he was being funny. Maybe there is increasing annoyance in the planning committee at having to treat female actors serious these days, and that's why they were so tickled by the idea of mocking them for getting their tits out - "Tee hee, you think you're serious actresses but we're really just jerking it to your rape scene!" Charming. It would certainly explain the increasingly misogynist tone of The Oscars over recent years.
|I know! Let's talk about BEWBS!|
This is not to say MacFarlane should be excused - he was an asshole. But I think it's gross that there are a group of people who are just as much to blame as him and are getting off scot free.
(One positive note - I did love the big musical numbers, and I feel pretty guilty about that)