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Seth Rogen: Don’t blame my movie for lunatic’s Isla Vista rampage

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http://twitter.com/#!/Sethrogen/status/471078007327559680

Seth Rogen, star of the new comedy “Neighbors,” is not about to let anyone blame him or his movie for the killing spree in Isla Vista, Calif., that killed six people on Friday.

http://twitter.com/#!/AnnHornaday/status/470913369814228992

How is Rogen to blame, anyway (hypothetically speaking)? Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday laid out her case in a piece about the killings published Sunday. Hornady writes:

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). [Elliot] 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.

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”?

http://twitter.com/#!/Sethrogen/status/471077750522908672

That’s not much of an argument. What does anyone else think?

http://twitter.com/#!/Sethrogen/status/471080297111379968
http://twitter.com/#!/sianamaste/status/471081199423983617
http://twitter.com/#!/JonathanHuntFNC/status/471124627763523584
http://twitter.com/#!/LighningJelly/status/471078502994030592
http://twitter.com/#!/melissa5001/status/471087191737651200
http://twitter.com/#!/kylekramer300/status/471094083583111168

Not everyone was so ready to let Hollywood off the hook, however.

http://twitter.com/#!/autumnisafox/status/471078864635330560
http://twitter.com/#!/tee15/status/471084844466708480
http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/471124087629414400

Speaking of:

http://twitter.com/#!/Ajsoti/status/471098927438385153

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/26/seth-rogen-dont-blame-my-movie-for-lunatics-isla-vista-rampage/

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