JUN 20, 2012
Museum Responds to "Ted" Holocaust Reference with Invitation
- LAMOTH invites “Ted” director Seth MacFarlane for Private Tour
- MacFarlane quoted in “New York Times” interview, saying making a Holocaust drama would alienate his audience
- Museum asks MacFarlane to see real Holocaust drama
- MacFarlane created “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show”
- Museum admission always free to the public
- Only museum in Los Angeles dedicated exclusively to the Holocaust
LOS ANGELES, CA – June 20, 2012 – LAMOTH Executive Director Mark Rothman today invited “Ted” director, writer and actor Seth MacFarlane for a private tour of the Museum’s exhibits chronicling the events comprising the Holocaust, its precursors and its aftermath.
Rothman issued this special invitation in response to MacFarlane’s comments in a New York Times interview published today promoting “Ted,” which opens June 29. The Times quoted MacFarlane as saying, “You want to do something that’s fresh, and at the same time, you don’t want to completely alienate your audience by doing a Holocaust drama.”
In his letter of invitation, Rothman wrote, “I am not writing to say I am offended by the reference. It adequately made your point. I am writing to invite you to the Museum, where you can engage with the actual, tragic drama of the Holocaust. The Museum was founded by survivors over 50 years ago as a way to commemorate their lost loved ones and to educate visitors about the difficult years between 1933 and 1945.”
During a visit to the Museum, MacFarlane would view the Museum’s award-winning exhibits detailing the history of the Holocaust chronologically. Award-winning iPod touches allow visitors to listen to over 27 hours of audio material highlighting specific exhibits. In the interactive and also award-winning World That Was table visitors view and discover the stories behind thousands of photographs of Holocaust victims, taken before World War II, documenting the richness of their lives. Individual touch screen computers located further on in the Museum communicate the range and severity of 18 concentration camps.
Also on permanent exhibit is a preview of Tree of Testimony: The USC Shoah Foundation Institute Interview Wall, at LAMOTH. The exhibit consists of 70 video screens displaying to Museum visitors the more than 52,000 interviews maintained in the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s archives. This exhibit’s grand opening will take place on August 2, 2012.
Holocaust survivors founded the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in the early 1960s as a permanent repository for their personal artifacts from the Holocaust and the world the Nazis destroyed. Today the Museum hosts docent-led school tours, survivor lectures, exhibitions on the Holocaust, and numerous special events. Museum admission is always free. Visit us online at www.lamoth.org on the Web.
June 20, 2012
Mr. Seth MacFarlane
c/o Joy Fehily
9696 Culver Blvd., Suite 102
Culver City, CA 90232
Dear Mr. MacFarlane,
Congratulations on the imminent opening of Ted as well as the tremendous success of your three television shows.
It’s obvious that in support of your movie’s opening you’ve spent a lot of time with the press. This weekend I finished reading your profile in The New Yorker, and this morning I read your interview in The New York Times.
Not surprisingly, as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, your reference in the Times about producing a Holocaust drama hit me, hard. (If this were a Family Guy episode, cut to me, sitting at my desk, as I am struck in the head with a rolled up copy of the newspaper. Close up on the newspaper and we see it’s rolled around a steel pipe.)
I am not writing to say I am offended by the reference. It adequately made your point.
I am writing to invite you to the Museum, where you can engage with the actual, tragic drama of the Holocaust. The Museum was founded by survivors over 50 years ago as a way to commemorate their lost loved ones and to educate visitors about the difficult years between 1933 and 1945. I would be more than happy to provide you a private tour, arranged at a mutually convenient time. Please be in touch with Jodi Shapiro at (323) 456-5077, who can schedule something.
Congratulations again, and best of luck with the opening.