When comedian Seth Rogen isn’t showing off his latest creations from the pottery wheel, he’s calling out politicians – namely Ted Cruz – for inciting a deadly insurrection.
It all started last week when the Republican senator criticised president Joe Biden for his decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. “By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh,” he tweeted. “This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans.”
Cruz was swiftly ridiculed for somehow believing the name of the agreement is anything more than just a reference to the place where it was signed.
On the other hand, Rogen had a more direct response to Cruz’s tweet and simply called him a “fascist”.
And so, a days-long series of interactions between the actor and politician began. If you haven’t been able to keep up with the numerous tweets the two have exchanged over the past week, here’s everything else that happened.
Seemingly unwilling to reply to Rogen directly, Cruz shared a screenshot of the tweet and called him a “rich, angry Hollywood celebrity”, which Rogen did not take kindly to.
Cruz also implied that Rogen isn’t a member of a union, to which he replied that he’s actually “in four unions”.
Even though Rogen was clearly the winner in this scenario, Cruz was somehow not backing down.
Later, Rogen went after Cruz again after the politician tweeted about the Disney film Fantasia, telling him that “everyone who made that film would hate you”. Cruz proceeded to make an ignorant comment comparing him to people with Tourette’s syndrome.
Rogen responded by admonishing Cruz for using Tourette’s as an insult, and informing him of the realities of the condition as “someone who has Tourette’s in their family”. On top of that, he called him a “f***ing fascist” again.
Once again, Cruz took the bait, and responded with playground insults by calling him a “moron”.
Effectively putting an end to the series of confrontations, Rogen told Cruz that he “inspired a deadly insurrection”, his “lies got people killed”, and that he has “blood on your hands”.
Many showed their support for Rogen including his 50/50 co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who said that his “support of the former President’s attempts to baselessly overturn a democratic election is reminiscent of supporters of Hitler, Mussolini, and others.”
The very public interactions have attracted a lot of attention for Rogen this past week. Knowing this, he made an important reminder that what’s going on is much bigger than a simple online “feud”. Rogen is just using his platform to call out a politician who seems much more willing to reply to celebrities than anyone else.
“Ted Cruz tried to overthrow our government,” he wrote. “He inspired a deadly mob to storm the Capitol. And I think that deserves ridicule. So f*** him.”
doesn’t get much clearer than that.