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Songs about 'boobs'? No wonder people don't watch the Oscars

I watched Sunday's Oscars hoping that this year they would be better. I have heard that viewers are decreasing yearly. It is no mystery why. The Oscars are supposed to be the entertainment industry's highest award, yet we are continually exposed to juvenile humor that would be more appropriate in a bar (if that).

My prime example is the opening number in which host Seth MacFarlane sang about whose "boobs" have been seen in movies. As the Mr. MacFarlane pointed out, the show was being watched around the world by 1 billion people, and this is the best we can do? The stars are decked out in gowns that cost a fortune, with (borrowed) jewels that cost more than most people make in a year, and the Oscars sing about "boobs?" I found it offensive.

We need a return to a classy Oscar show that will celebrate the movies, not denigrate the stars. It doesn't have to be boring, but some true humor, not tasteless humor, would be welcome. If I could I would resurrect Bob Hope or Johnny Carson to host. The best host of recent years has been Billy Crystal.

Also, the show could be tightened up, with the "big" awards televised, and the rest done before the TV cameras are turned on. Many of the televised awards are only of interest to those in the industry, not the average viewer. And they wonder why viewership is falling? Just ask the public.

D. Lutz, Baltimore

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