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Seth Rogen slams Washington Post critic over links to Santa Barbara shooter

The critic singled Rogen and Judd Apatow out for creating unrealistic expectations in young men.

ACTOR SETH ROGEN has hit back at a film critic who claimed his latest movie could encourage killings similar to the one recently perpetrated by Elliot Rodger.


Rogen took to Twitter to speak out against the review by the Washington Post’s film critic Ann Hornaday, which argued that movies such as his recent hit Bad Neighbours could encourage similar killings. Rodgers wrote a lengthy manifesto before he killed six people in Southern California before turning gun on himself. The troubled 22-ear-old claimed that he was driven to violence by rejection from women.

In her Washington Post column, Hornaday argues:

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’?

She continued:

Movies may not reflect reality, but they powerfully condition what we desire, expect and feel we deserve from it.

Rogen was not happy with being singled out.

Producer and director Judd Apatow also responded to the article, dismissing it as attention-seeking.

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