Movie Critic Calls Out Hollywood Over Mass Murders in Santa Barbara


Apatow and RogenApatow, Rogen slam WaPost Film Critic For Blaming Calif. Mass Shooting On White Male Hollywood Culture

Film critic, Ann Hornaday, published an anti-white male in Hollywood piece in The Washington Post this past Sunday. The event she used to make her points centered around a mentally ill killer of six young people.

Her lashing out at white males seemed unsubstantiated, but it was refreshing to see Hollywood blamed instead of harmless legal gun owners.

When someone is seriously mentally ill, they look for the violent games, the drugs, the bad friends, and violent movies. They look for what they enjoy. The mentally ill are influenced by violent movies and games, however and Hollywood isn’t blameless.

The games, the movies, the guns, the knives, none of that is the cause of their evil or sickness. The perpetrator looks for the darkness and rejoices in it. They look for weapons to carry out their mission, if it weren’t a gun, it would be a machete.

Sometimes bad things happen and nothing can be done to stop it.

In the case of Elliot Rodger, it appears that he had a loving family who had him in therapy from childhood. He was no longer a child, he was 22. It is believed that he stopped taking his medication. The therapist who received his manifesto called his parents as soon as s/he opened it on the computer. The parents rushed from LA to the killer’s home in Santa Barbara but it was too late.

By the time the therapist opened the manifesto, the first three victims were probably deceased.

Rodger’s crime against the three roommates was the most vicious. He mutilated his victims, not with guns, but with some type of knives or hammer or machete. He later ran over more victims.

While seriously mentally ill, he premeditated his crime and sought revenge for perceived offenses against him. He was probably schizophrenic. He meant to carry out the most hateful of crimes. He used knives and possibly a hatchet or machete, guns, and his car to kill and wound his victims.

Most mentally ill people don’t try to hurt others but his illness was very severe.

The Washington Post film critic, Ann Hornaday’s op-ed was titled,”In a final videotaped message, a sad reflection of the sexist stories we so often see on screen.”

While acknowledging he had a mental illness, she added that “it’s just as clear that his delusions were inflated, if not created, by the entertainment industry he grew up in.”

I don’t think she is right about that when it comes to a very disturbed individual. I worked with one mentally ill child who would ask me as I taught him, “Am I in a movie right now or is this really happening?”

She claimed that Rodger’s self-pity  and arrogance “unwittingly expressed the toxic double helix of insecurity and entitlement that comprises Hollywood’s DNA.” Not satisfied, she went on to write, “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).”

Hornaday believes that “myths that movies have been selling us become even more palpable at a time when spectators become their own auteurs and stars on YouTube, Instagram and Vine.”

Apatow responded to Hornaday in a tweet:


He went on to say, “Remember everyone – ads next to articles generate money. They say something shocking and uninformed & get you to click on it to profit,” he writes.

Hornaday answered him in a video response stating she wasn’t trying to blame Apatow and Rogen for the crime though she did single them out, but rather, what she was saying was that “culture at large” should consider what the “costs are for having such a narrow range of stories that we go back to” in Hollywood narratives.

“I certainly understand why Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow would feel defensive,” said Hornaday, noting that the large social media response and her email inbox show that there are obviously many “useful” questions which still surround Hollywood films that are “primarily created by men.”

In reality, the only person guilty of the murders was Elliot Rodger and Hornaday’s white male allegations were silly, but it didn’t bother me to see Hollywood having to fend off criticisms for a change.


Edited after publication. I rewrote this story three times. I went from being annoyed at Hornaday’s attack on white males to appreciating her attack on Hollywood. 


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