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Seth Rogen & Judd Apatow slam Elliot Rodger connection

Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow are furious that a critic dared suggest movies like theirs contribute to a culture of misogyny — but is she actually right?

How much does popular culture influence behavior? Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday says movies like the recent Seth Rogen flick Neighbors contribute to creating an environment of male entitlement and misogyny, leading to violence against women and ultimately horrific crimes like the UCSB massacre.

Rogen and the film’s director Judd Apatow are furious over the comparison, but does Hornaday have a point? Here’s what she wrote.

“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’?”

The shooter, The Hunger Games‘ assistant director Peter Rodger’s son Elliot Rodger, left behind a 141-page manifesto detailing how his rage was caused by years of rejection by women.

Hornaday went on to name other films like American Psycho, the James Bond canon and The Pick-up Artist as well as male studio executives for promoting a culture of “violence, sexual conquest and macho swagger.

“No one should be surprised when those impulses take luridly literal form in the culture at large,” she wrote.

Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow were furious at the comparison and responded via Twitter.

Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow: Why not support #YesAllWomen instead? >>

Not everyone agrees with Rogen and Apatow, namely the thousands upon thousands of people tweeting #YesAllWomen to share the blatant misogyny they experience on a daily basis. Some choice contributions:

Tell us: Do you agree with Ann Hornaday or Seth Rogen?

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