Seth Rogen has made a career starring in the type of bro comedies that cater to the lowest common denominator of straight guy humor, but now that he's had a few years to think about it, he's very sorry for all those gay jokes. We love the moral awakenings of straight white men!
In an interview with GQ -- one that produced photos gay Twitter was thirsting over -- Rogen explained that he's uncomfortable with a lot of the humor in his earlier films now that everyone is #woke. "I've had people come up to me and be like, 'That made me feel like shit when I was in the movie theater and everyone was laughing about that,'" he said.
"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.'" Which is just, you know, homophobia.
"And I don't want anyone to have that experience watching our movies," Rogen said, adding that "If you actually care, then it's easy" to tell jokes without offending marginalized communities. "We do not want people to feel bad when they're watching our movies."
This isn't the first time the actor has expressed regret for the offensive humor in his films. In a 2016 interview with The Guardian, he admitted that films like Superbad were full of "blatant homophobia," saying, "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."
Even though those homophobic remarks were said by teenage characters, Rogen acknowledged that the writers "were, to some degree, glamorizing that type of language in a lot of ways." And making money off of it! Maybe Rogen should put his money where his mouth is and -- instead of making a self-serving public apology when he's promoting his next film -- donate some of the proceeds of films that cause harm to anti-homophobia organizations like Trevor Project or It Gets Better?
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