The horrific murders and subsequent public revealing of a manifesto of what appears to be an intelligent yet insane young man who hated women, in therapy since he was eight years old, who warred with his own sexuality and was bitter and angry has led to many talking heads postulating why he did what he did, both on TV and in print.
Enter Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday, who penned an article that suggested films like “Neighbors,” starring Rogen, played a role in the mass shooting in Santa Barbara on May 21. As you may imagine, this did not go over well with Rogen or Judd Apatow, who created the film and who is also a father.
In her Washington Post article, Hornaday wrote that it’s clear that the killer (Monsters and Critics refuses to name him or quote any of his manifesto) “delusions were inflated, if not created, by the entertainment industry he grew up in.”
“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’?” wrote Hornaday. “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 reportedly tweeted the following:
As did Judd Apatow, who has daughters: