Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow object to column linking their films to a mass murder
Vancouver-born actor, director, and screenwriter Seth Rogen has relied on Twitter to express his displeasure with a column by Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post.
"I find your article horribly insulting and misinformed," Rogen tweeted after Hornaday wrote a column linking mass murderer Elliott Rodger's recent rampage to the entertainment industry.
"For generations, mass entertainment has been overwhelmingly controlled by white men, whose escapist fantasies so often revolve around vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfillment (often, if not always, featuring a steady through-line of casual misogyny)," Hornaday wrote. "Rodger’s rampage may be a function of his own profound distress, but it also shows how a sexist movie monoculture can be toxic for women and men alike."
Then Hornaday asked: "How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like 'Neighbors' and feel, as Rodger did, unjustly shut out of college life that should be full of 'sex and fun and pleasure'? How many men, raised on a steady diet of Judd Apatow comedies in which the shlubby arrested adolescent always gets the girl, find that those happy endings constantly elude them and conclude, 'It’s not fair'?"
Rogen responded: "@AnnHornaday how dare you imply that me getting girls in movies caused a lunatic to go on a rampage."
Apatow also chimed in over Twitter, claiming that Hornaday "uses tragedy to promote herself with idiotic thoughts".