UPDATE 3:27 P.M.:
At 3:15 p.m. on October 11th, Seth MacFarlane tweeted this statement about the 2013 Oscars joke and what inspired it:
MacFarlane and Emma Stone were presenting the nominees in the Supporting Actress category, and after reading the five female actor's names, he joked: "Congratulations! You five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein."
The audience responds with an awkward laugh-turned-groan that indicates that they are familiar with Weinstein's "casting couch" tactics.
But MacFarlane wasn't the first person to publicly point out Weinstein's disgusting reputation. In a 2012 episode of Tina Fey's show 30 Rock, the character of Jenna, played by Jane Krakowski, jokes about having to turn down Weinstein's sexual advances:
Yeah, these jokes didn't age well. And although they technically called out Weinstein, they did not aid in the actionable takedown of the movie executive. Plus, these innocuous jokes are a lot less funny now that so many victims have bravely come forward and shared their traumatic experiences.
Even more disturbing, these jokes indicate that his abuse was far from a secret in the entertainment industry, but it took a scathing exposé for people to start taking the claims made by women over the course of three decades seriously.