In the wake of the tragic mass murder in Isla Vista over the weekend, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday published an op-ed piece yesterday that implied one of the reasons for Elliot Rodger’s rampage was the white men of Hollywood’s “escapist fantasies [that] so often revolve around vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfillment.” Hornaday used Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen’s recently-released movie Neighbors as an example.
From the op-ed:
“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”
If our cinematic grammar is one of violence, sexual conquest and macho swagger — thanks to male studio executives who green-light projects according to their own pathetic predilections — no one should be surprised when those impulses take luridly literal form in the culture at large.
Rogen and Apatow were not having it and took to Twitter to express their outrage.
(via Gawker; photo: Pacific Coast News)