A week before Christmas, Seth Rogen became a symbol of patriotism.
As crazy as it sounds, it’s true. The reason is because support for his last movie, The Interview, also equaled opposition to North Korea’s tyrannical regime, who tried to stop the film’s release.
One month later, Seth Rogen is a Nazi who hates America and spits on our veterans.
At least that’s the impression you’d get if you’ve been following social media lately. Each day, entertainment blogs find something they could blow out of proportion. Sometimes it picks up steam. Most of the time it doesn’t.
This one, however, has lasted a couple of days, and it’s so ridiculous that I can’t not chime in on it.
It revolves around the film American Sniper, which grossed an astounding $90 million this weekend, and has received extremely positive reviews from critics, most who especially praised the performance of Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose 160 confirmed kills make him the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle died in 2013, when he was shot by a fellow Marine at a shooting range.
Rogen, after seeing the movie, made an attempt at humor on Twitter, which he’s been doing his entire life to great success. His Tweet was: “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.”
Honestly, this was probably an observation that a lot of people made. In Inglourious Basterds, the Germans are watching a film screening of their own military sharpshooter who’s being honored for his personal heroics.
Of course, people then jumped to wild conclusions and assumed that Seth Rogen was comparing Chris Kyle’s story to Nazi propaganda.
Craig Morgan, a country singer and veteran who most people probably never heard of until today, posted his own impassioned reaction to Rogen’s remark, criticizing him for being “ignorant” and “running [his] mouth.”
Woah people. Let’s go ahead and take a step back. Are we really this sensitive?
Any one who truly believes that Rogen, in his 19-word Tweet, was aiming to disrespect the United States military is just delusional. I understand that people, like Craig Morgan, who already feel like soldiers are not given enough respect in mainstream media might be annoyed by this, but even they are using Rogen as a scapegoat.
This is worse than when people cried racism at a Boston cartoonist three months ago for simply using the word “watermelon.”
I expect this story to go away in a couple of days, if not sooner, but it’s just another example of our nation’s tendency to overreact to harmless things.
Heck, maybe I should start being careful in case something I say attracts a strong media backlash.
Wait, but that would also be a way to get people to starting reading this blog.
*scratches head in deep consternation*
I’ve made up my mind. Check back tomorrow for my pro-Nazi op-ed.