Jesus Christ, Washington Post Critic Ann Hornaday is dumb. In her mind, Elliot Rodger’s horrific shooting spree may have something to do with how Hollywood allows unattractive actors in movies to get the girl. Never mind that he grew up with a father who works in Hollywood and, from an early age, probably had a good understanding of what’s real and make-believe. Never you mind that.
From her op-ed:
As Rodger bemoaned his life of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desire” and arrogantly announced that he would now prove his own status as “the true alpha male,” he unwittingly expressed the toxic double helix of insecurity and entitlement that comprises Hollywood’s DNA. For generations, mass entertainment has been overwhelmingly controlled by white men, whose escapist fantasies so often revolve around vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfillment (often, if not always, featuring a steady through-line of casual misogyny). Rodger’s rampage may be a function of his own profound distress, but it also shows how a sexist movie monoculture can be toxic for women and men alike.
But wait! There’s more…
“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.
Clearly, the “shlubby arrested adolescent” she is referring to is portrayed by actors like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. Rogen took umbrage with this.
Judd Apatow, the man who is accused of holding the smoking gun and making these insanely inaccurate movies where ugly people can get girls too (because that NEVER happens in real life), also chimed in.
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