Rogen, Cruz engage in Twitter fight
The actor and comedian Seth Rogen called Texas Sen. Ted Cruz a fascist, and now they’ve been trading insults on Twitter for days. The amazing thing is… Cruz is winning, even though Seth Rogen is a professional comedian who is supposed to be good at this.
The exchange started when Cruz tweeted his opposition to the Paris Climate Agreement, and Rogen replied to Cruz by saying “Fuck off you fascist.”
Rather than ignore Rogen, Cruz took a screenshot of Rogen’s message and shared it with his followers, sarcastically writing that it was a “Charming, civil, educated response.” He then said, “If you’re a rich, angry Hollywood celebrity, today’s Dems are the party for you. If you’re blue-collar, if you’re a union member, if you work in energy or manufacturing… not so much.”
Rogen replied back, “Haha get fucked fascist. Go encourage a white supremacist insurrection again you fucking clown.”
Rogen then tweeted again, saying : “If you’re a white supremacist fascist who doesn’t find it offensive when someone calls your wife ugly, Ted Cruz is the exact motherfucker for you.”
Then in yet another tweet, Rogen shared a video of a local official mocking Cruz’s tweet about the Paris Climate Agreement and said, “Hey @TedCruz. Watch this and then go fuuuuuuuck yourself you clown. (This is way more fun now that I know he’s for sure seeing my tweets).”
Later, Rogen responded to an unrelated tweet from Cruz, in which the Texas senator shared that the first movie he ever saw in the theater was the Disney movie “Fantasia.”
Cruz had said (in response to a question from MGM) that the first movie he saw in the theater was a re-release of “Fantasia.”
“Fantasia. It was playing at a film revival. It scared me; I cried—I was 4. My Mom had to take me out. Good times,” Cruz said in a tweet.
Rogen replied to Cruz’s tweet by saying “Everyone who made that film would hate you.”
Cruz responded, “They’re all dead. So I think we’re good. And Walt Disney was a Republican. Even though you behave online like a Marxist with Tourette’s (screaming “F U! F U!” is really, really clever), your movies are typically pretty funny. I’m sure you hate that I enjoy them.”
The Tourette’s remark seemed to have struck a nerve. Rogen wrote, “As someone who has Tourette’s in their family (and also has a very mild case himself), I once again take great pleasure in telling you to go fuck yourself. (Also VERY few cases of Tourette’s manifest in uncontrollable swearing. Most cases, like mine, manifest in twitching.) Also you’re a fucking fascist. Shut up and go away.”
He then wrote in a separate tweet, “All jokes aside, @tedcruz is a fascist piece of shit.”
… Which prompted this reply from Cruz: “All jokes aside, @Sethrogen is a moron. It’s your party that believes in govt power: to shut your business, to oppress your faith & to censor your speech. Anyone who disagrees, they try to cancel. BTW, a lot of folks in Hollywood are conservative—& muzzled by the fascist Left.”
Rogen tweeted more, writing, “You literally inspired a deadly insurrection you stupid fuck.”
The actor/ comedian also took issue with people referring to the Twitter fight as a “feud.”
“This isn’t a Twitter ‘feud.’ @tedcruz tried to overthrow our government. He inspired a deadly mob to storm the Capitol. And I think that deserves ridicule. So fuck him.”
“Your lies got people killed. You have blood on your hands,” Rogen wrote.
Rogen’s “50/50” co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt chimed in, writing, “Mr. Senator, as @sethrogen’s non-threatening buddy, perhaps I can translate “fascist” into more charming and civil terms. Your support of the former President’s attempts to baselessly overturn a democratic election is reminiscent of supporters of Hitler, Mussolini, and others.”
-Some comedians say “fuck” as a crutch in lieu of jokes or having anything intelligent to say
-It’s not clear that Seth Rogen has a good understanding of fascism
-Rogen’s assumption that the people who made the 1940 movie “Fantasia” would hate Ted Cruz is revealing about his own mindset
-Ted Cruz challenged Jimmy Kimmel to a game of one-on-one basketball… and won. Rogen would be wise to decline if challenged by the senator to a game of hoops