Actor Seth Rogen has apologised for homophobic jokes in his films.
Rogen, who stars in films including Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and Superbad, addressed jokes in early films in an interview with GQ.
I’ve had people come up to me and be like, ‘That made me feel like sh*t when I was in the movie theater and everyone was laughing about that.’
Like the ‘How I know you’re gay’ thing [from The 40-Year-Old Virgin], it’s something people have been like, ‘It’s not fun to be in the theater when people are laughing at that, knowing what they’re probably actually laughing at.’
And I don’t want anyone to have that experience watching our movies.
This isn’t the first time Rogen has apologised for homophobia in his films
In an interview with The Guardian, he said some of his films feature “blatant homophobia”, using 2007 hit Superbad as an example.
It’s funny looking at some movies we’ve made in the last 10 years under the lens of new eras, new social consciousness.
There’s for sure some stuff in our earlier movies, and even in our more recent movies,– where even like a year later you’re like… maybe that wasn’t the greatest idea.
There are probably some jokes in Superbad that are bordering on blatantly homophobic at times.
They’re all in the voice of high school kids, who do speak like that, [but] I think we’d also be silly not to acknowledge that we also were, to some degree, glamorizing that type of language in a lot of ways.
Though , thankfully, Rogen was an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage well before it became legal in the United States.