TORONTO — Canadian actor Seth Rogen has blasted a film critic who blamed his latest movie for inspiring Elliot Rodger’s May 23 shooting spree.
In an article published Sunday in the Washington Post, Ann 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’?”
Hornaday opined that Rodger’s delusions “were inflated, if not created, by the entertainment industry he grew up in.”
Rogen reacted on Twitter.
“I find your article horribly insulting and misinformed,” he tweeted on Monday.
.@AnnHornaday I find your article horribly insulting and misinformed.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 26, 2014
Hornaday said men see comedies “in which the shlubby arrested adolescent always gets the girl” and “find that those happy endings constantly elude them.” Rogen snapped back: “How dare you imply that me getting girls in movies caused a lunatic to go on a rampage.”
Rogen’s friend and fellow comedy director Judd Apatow also took aim at Hornaday on Twitter, accusing her of writing “something shocking and uninformed” to generate ad revenue for the Post.
“Most of Earth can’t find a mate — someone to love,” tweeted the Knocked Up director. “People who commit murder of numerous people have mental health issues of some type.”
Most of Earth can’t find a mate– someone to love. People who commit murder of numerous people have mental health issues of some type.
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) May 27, 2014
Hornaday opined: “It’s worth examining who gets to be represented on screen, and how.”
© Shaw Media, 2014