Critic: Shooter's 'Delusions Inflated' by ... Rogen Movies
Actor 'horribly' insulted, hits back at WaPo movie critic
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2014 10:14 AM CDT
Seth Rogen, left, and Judd Apatow arrive at the premiere of "Superbad" in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 13, 2007.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – In a column Sunday, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday suggested that Hollywood contributed to the feelings of the Isla Vista shooter—who declared in a video that he would take revenge on women who rejected him—and Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow aren't happy that Hornaday specifically called them out, the Huffington Post reports. Among other things, Hornaday wrote that the shooter, son of a director and cinematographer, had his "delusions ... inflated, if not created, by the entertainment industry he grew up in." She went on to write:

  • "How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like [Rogen-starring] Neighbors and feel, as [the suspect] 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'? Movies may not reflect reality, but they powerfully condition what we desire, expect, and feel we deserve from it."

Rogen responded on Twitter, "@AnnHornaday I find your article horribly insulting and misinformed. ... how dare you imply that me getting girls in movies caused a lunatic to go on a rampage." Apatow followed: "She uses tragedy to promote herself with idiotic thoughts ... Most of Earth can't find a mate-- someone to love. People who commit murder of numerous people have mental health issues of some type." But Hornaday has her supporters: On the Daily Caller, though he doesn't agree with everything she says, Matt K. Lewis writes that Hornaday "does make a valid (and some would say courageous) point about the way movies can and do influence us. ... Hollywood creates a toxic worldview that influences vulnerable and impressionable people."

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May 31, 2014 11:19 PM CDT
Ann Hornaday is another woman too busy ACCUSING MEN of being the source of crimes perpetrated against women to turn the binoculars around and take a good look at herself. Amazing this woman has a job.
May 31, 2014 4:36 PM CDT
'Hollywood creates a toxic worldview that influences vulnerable and impressionable people' Bullcrap! ...I'll say what the 'Terminator' once said..."Those people were messed up before they ever saw the movie!" And I couldn't agree more. This little snot nosed kid was a spoiled nihilistic, misogynistic, a-hole. NOT a poor misunderstood mental case! And the only good he's ever done in this life was to kill himself! Just wish the little SOB did that ....first!
May 28, 2014 10:09 AM CDT
OMG Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow are you kidding me!! Anyone who goes out and kills anyone based on their stupid movies is crazy. My god blame the kid's parents. They knew their kid was seriously disturbed, but instead of having him institutionalized they support him not taking his medication and buy him a BMW to boost his confidence. Now that is a real solution. Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow have absolutely nothing to do with this. Ann Hornaday is no journalist, she is a moron. The parents are responsible for raising this monster plain and simple.