Actor and comedian Seth Rogen, famous for his comic performances in Superbad and Knocked Up, has hit back at a film critic who linked his films to the Elliot Rodger shootings.
Ann Hornaday, who writes for the Washington Post, linked the works of director Judd Apatow with the massacre of six people in California in an article over the weekend, writing:
‘Mass entertainment has been overwhelmingly controlled by white men, whose escapist fantasies so often revolve around vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfillment.
‘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’?’
Apatow’s films often find humour in dilemmas relating to sex and relationships, such as an older man losing his virginity, unplanned pregnancy and marital conflict.
Rogen, who has a close friendship with Apatow, launched an angry tirade at Hornaday after the article was published, tweeting to his two million followers:
And Apatow suggested that the US film critic was being deliberately shocking as a means to generate web traffic and drive up advertising revenue.
Remember everyone – ads next to articles generate money. They say something shocking and uninformed & get you to click on it to profit.—
Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) May 27, 2014
Hornoday has not yet responded.
22-year-old Elliot Roger had repeatedly written about his bad luck with women and frustration at being a virgin in his manifesto, in which he outlined his reasons for going on his killing spree, during which six died and 13 more were injured.
27 May 2014 | 7:43 pm – Source: metro.co.uk