Seth Rogen: 'Schlubby Jews Aren't The Problem' by the Forward

Seth Rogen: 'Schlubby Jews Aren't The Problem'

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Beware of schlubby Jews with beards.

That’s basically what Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday wrote in an piece that called out frat-boy comedies such as the ones produced by Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow for enabling people like Elliot Rodgers, who killed six people near the University of California’s Santa Barbara campus on May 23.

“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’?” Hornaday wrote. “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’?”

Rogen, who stars in the newly released ‘Neighbors,’ was the first to respond:

Judd Apatow, known for such staples of the genre as “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express” also chimed in:

Also on Hornaday’s sh*t list: “American Psycho,” James Bond movies and “The Pick-Up Artist.

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Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg , she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.

Seth Rogen: 'Schlubby Jews Aren't The Problem'

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