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Wednesday March 6, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Academy Award winner Geena Davis on Monday waded into the ongoing controversy over this year’s Oscars ceremony by saying host Seth MacFarlane’s routine was disrespectful to women, particularly the performers who were being honored.

The "Thelma & Louise" star said MacFarlane’s much-criticized routine last month overshadowed the win of an animated film with a strong female character.

"It’s a shame that that triumph was enveloped in an awards ceremony containing disrespect for women," Davis told members of the California Assembly during a ceremony in Sacramento. "But it helps illustrate how tone-deaf we can still be regarding the status of women."

She commended "Brave," which won best animated picture, as setting a positive example for girls.

Davis, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for "The Accidental Tourist" in 1988, was in the state capital as one of 11 California women honored for their achievements.

She is chairwoman of state Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and founded a nonprofit that promotes gender equality in the media.

In her remarks to Assembly members, Davis said much work remains to ensure equal opportunities for young women.

The state commission she leads is focused on the areas of women and families in the military, in business, health and safety, education, and gender equality in the media.


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