Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow Slam Article Linking Their Films to Elliot Rodger

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By Michael Lewittes

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Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow are slamming journalist Ann Hornaday for her op-ed piece in the Washington Post that tied them and their films to the awful acts of Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a shooting spree near the University of California in Santa Barbara on Friday.

Hornaday wrote that Rodger’s YouTube videos, especially the ones in which he vented about women ignoring him, “unwittingly expressed the toxic double helix of insecurity and entitlement that comprises Hollywood’s DNA.” “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,” added Hornaday.

She then singled out the films of Apatow and Rogen. “How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like [Rogen’s] Neighbors and feel, as Rodger did, unjustly shut out of college life that should be full of ‘sex and fun and pleasure’?” asked Hornaday. She further wrote, “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 slammed back at Hornaday on Twitter, calling her article “horribly insulting and misinformed,” and expressed, “@AnnHornaday how dare you imply that me getting girls in movies caused a lunatic to go on a rampage.” Apatow, called the op-ed piece “thoughtless,” and said Hornaday ”uses tragedy to promote herself with idiotic thoughts.”

What do you think of Hornaday’s article and the responses from Rogen and Apatow?

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