Judd Apatow Blasts Film Critic Trying to ‘Promote Herself’ by Blaming Him for UCSB Shootings


A few days ago, Ann Hornaday, the film critic for the Washington Post, published an editorial criticizing Hollywood’s celebration of macho culture for indirectly causing Elliot Rodger to go on an anti-women rampage that killed seven people.

Specifically, she singled out actor/writer Seth Rogen and 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’?” she asked.

While Rogen was plenty mad for being tied to Rodger’s actions, Apatow was even more incensed, and for good reason: He’s known in the industry for shepherding female-oriented comedies into the mainstream and turning them into huge successes, a supremely difficult thing to do Hollywood. (Yeah, that was him behind Bridesmaids and Girls). He took to Twitter to slam her, not only for tying him to this tragedy, but also for what he called an attempt to “promote herself with idiotic thoughts.”

“With every view her paper makes money from discussing a story no one yet knows anything about. Now it is a media profit center,” he wrote. “Remember everyone — ads next to articles generate money. They say something shocking and uninformed & get you to click on it to profit.”

He then attacked the Moral Outrage Machine that would want to generate publicity from a supposed feud between him and Hornaday:

Here is how it all works. Anne says something thoughtless. I say it is wrong then CNN asks everyone to debate and it becomes TV. I said no. I wonder if Anne can prevent herself from going on and becoming part of how these tragic events become profit centers for media.

Hornaday, a Pulitzer-nominated film critic, hasn’t responded yet to the controversy.

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