Yesterday morning, I blasted actor Seth Rogen for his “American Sniper” comments. Then last night, I found out he’s spoken out to defend himself, so I think it only fair to air that too after I said he and the rest of Hollywood would get along great with Hitler and the Nazi Party.
So here goes…
On Sunday, he tweeted that “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.”
For those of you who don’t know, “Inglorious Basterds” is Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 revenge fantasy film about taking the Nazis on a little bit differently than actual history records. I’ve never seen the thing before and don’t care to considering it’s Tarantino and I find him a blight on artists everywhere, but apparently the third act features a piece of Nazi propaganda… which is what Rogen was commenting on.
After people freaked out on him for the comparison, he tweeted again to say that he “actually liked” “American Sniper” and that he wasn’t comparing it to “Inglorious Basterds” at all.
And then, when the noise still didn’t die down, he went on to clarify that he only compared the two in the first place “because they both involved plots about the most lethal snipers.” Rogen also added that he has nothing against veterans in general or Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (who is depicted in “American Sniper”) in particular, and that his “grandfather was a veteran.”
So let’s just give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he really didn’t mean any offense.
But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still offensive. Regardless of what his intent was, his actual words did compare the two films. There’s no other way to interpret “American Sniper kind of reminds of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.” Any English teacher – and hopefully any English student over the age of 10 – can tell you that.
Since he apparently didn’t see it that way, maybe he was high on pot (which he’s admitted to enjoying) at the time he made the tweet. Or maybe all the previous pot has addled his perception.
I’m not trying to be funny here. I’m genuinely trying to see it from his point of view.
As for the rest of Hollywood, I still maintain they’d be best buddies with Hitler.