A journalist with The Washington Post picked a strange target in the shape of director Judd Apatow as she discussed the fallout of Elliot Rodger's killing spree.
Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday wrote in the paper in the aftermath of the atrocity in Isla Vista, California where Elliot Rodger is believed to have killed six people last week that there was a culture in the entertainment industry that created his "delusions".
In the article, she goes on to name Seth Rogen's new film Bad Neighbours as an example of this culture, as well as directly naming the director Judd Apatow:
"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'?".
Her mention of the shlubby arrested adolescent was thinly-veiled enough to raise Rogen's attention, who duly took to Twitter, incensed at the suggestion that he contributed in any way, calling the article insulting and misinformed, before adding:
.@AnnHornaday how dare you imply that me getting girls in movies caused a lunatic to go on a rampage.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 26, 2014
Apatow, who was directly named, also tweeted his outrage with the piece, adding that Hornaday used the tragedy to "promote herself with idiotic thoughts". He did also appeal to his followers to make sure that they don't make her point for her by attacking her online either, however.
Rodger named no movies in his manifesto or his video before the spree, instead he spoke about the rejection and suffering that he felt in general.
Via The Guardian