Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post film critic widely criticized for suggesting Elliot Rodger went on a murder spree because of frat boy movies, has at least one media ally, ultra-conservative talking head Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh drew a connection between the murders at the University of California Santa Barbara and the movie “Hunger Games.”
On his syndicated radio show, Limbaugh pointed out that Elliot’s father Peter Rodger worked as an assistant director on the first movie in the series. That was enough to implicate the film even though Elliot never mentioned it in his lengthy screed.
“Do you know what the Hunger Games movies are about?” Limbaugh bellowed. “This is crucial! This is what this guy’s dad did. It’s teenagers killing other teenagers.”
Limbaugh also blamed the left for “politicizing” the murders, an apparent reference to calls for stricter gun control by the parents of the victims.
“Why not blame Hollywood movies here? Oh, we can never, ever go there,” he said.
But that’s just what Hornaday did, singling out Director Judd Apatow for producing films the she said were sexist and misogynistic.
“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?’” she wrote in a Sunday op-ed article.
“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?'” [as Rodger did], she added.
Her remarks produced a firestorm of condemnation from Hollywood, led by Apatow and the star of ‘Neighbors’ Seth Rogen.
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