Seth Rogen is known for comedy, but he was clearly not joking around when he took to Twitter to address the astonishing remarks made by a Washington Post columnist which link the actor's films to the mentality of UCSB shooter Elliot Rodger.
When Rogen blasts Justin Bieber, he makes with the laughs, but he adopted an appropriately serious tone to respond to Ann Hornaday's op-ed piece blaming films made by Rogen and Judd Apatow for inspiring Friday night's shooting that killed six and injured thirteen.
Hornaday refers to the movies of Rogen and Apatow as "escapist fantasies" that "revolve around vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfillment" and cause young men such as Rodger to equate sex with violence.
The film critic specifically calls out Rogen's recent comedy Neighbors for making men Rodger's age "feel shut out of college life that should be full of 'sex and fun and pleasure.'"
Needless to say, Rogen was not pleased to find his name mentioned in connection with the tragic shooting:
"I find your article horribly insulting and misinformed," Rogen tweeted. "How dare you imply that me getting girls in movies caused a lunatic to go on a rampage?"
Apatow also chimed in, claiming that Hornaday "uses tragedy to promote herself with idiotic thoughts."
Hornaday has yet to respond to the widespread backlash against her article.
Hornaday, of course, is not the only one to express a bizarre opinion on the cause of the shooting.Psychologist Robi Ludwig controversially blamed Rodger's actions on "homosexual impulses."