The "Family Guy" creator worries America is valuing celebrity more than public service.
The creator of "Family Guy," "American Dad" and Fox live-action sci-fi comedy "The Orville" took to Twitter late Tuesday to question the excitement around the idea of another celebrity president after Donald Trump.
"Oprah is beyond doubt a magnificent orator. But the idea of a reality show star running against a talk show host is troublingly dystopian," he tweeted. "We don’t want to create a world where dedicated public service careers become undesirable and impractical in the face of raw celebrity."
He further explained his position when a follower countered, "She is smart, has actual business acumen and has, through her boundless charity work, served the public more than many career politicians."
MacFarlane responded, "I don’t think anyone is questioning the breadth of her accomplishments. The observation is a more fundamental one: Will there still be room for the likes of Kamala Harris or Maggie Hassan in the political future we’re creating, or only Tom Hanks?"
Hanks was thrown into the mix during the Golden Globes when host Seth Meyers joked Oprah should run for president and the beloved actor could be her VP. Then Oprah made one of the best award show speeches in recent history while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, and Twitter immediately took Meyers' jokey suggestion seriously with #Oprah2020 hashtags.
The buzz poured into the media and onto multiple talk shows, with Meryl Streep seemingly supporting the idea of President Winfrey on both "Jimmy Kimmmel Live" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the latter of which she appeared alongside Hanks, who co-stars with her in Steven Spielberg's political journalism drama "The Post."
"Where do I send the check?" Streep told Ellen before adding on a more serious note, "We really thirst for that. We really want that kind of elevated, aspirational, can-do, optimistic attachment to the principles of our country."