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Yes, it’s true: Seth Rogen feels NOTHING BUT OUTRAGE! Because people just won’t stop calling him a SEXIST! I mean, I imagine it hurts to be subject to such unfounded criticism; it’s not like he’s starred in and/or improvised much of the dialogue for a series of movies in which women are either Crazy Drunk Sluts or caretaking mechanisms for men, or like he starred in that one movie with the wacky rape scene, or like he wouldn’t stop doing promotional interviews in which he praised the wacky rape scene, or like he wrote the screenplay for that one movie about how menstruating vaginas are terrible and you should get girls incapacitatingly drunk so as to fuck them and in which THE CHARACTER WHO FREAKED OUT ABOUT THE VAGINAS AND WAS MOST CREEPILY INTO THE GETTING-GIRLS-DRUNK PLAN WAS NAMED “SETH” AND WAS ORIGINALLY SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYED BY ROGEN HIMSELF, or… no, wait. Sources have confirmed that this is exactly what Seth Rogen has done. Because he is a sexist, probably.

Anyway, behold the terrible OUTRAGE of Rogen, via Vulture! Oh, and also, there is BONUS JUDD APATOW. Because Judd Apatow, when not defending himself from charges of sexism, likes to participate in the sexism of his friends. Because Judd Apatow is apparently that wormy little dude who is totally socially appropriate and non-sexist until he’s in the company of bigger dudes who have his back and will help him get away with it. Because look at this shit:

Judd Apatow kept his criticism polite, explaining that she was “probably was doing six hours of interviews and kissing everyone’s ass, and then just got tired and slipped a little bit.” Luckily, however, Apatow brought his furry avatar, Seth Rogen, along to say what he was really thinking.

“I didn’t slip and I was doing fucking interviews all day too,” said Rogen. “I didn’t say shit!” Then he sarcastically praised Heigl’s The Ugly Truth: “That [movie] looks like it really puts women on a pedestal in a beautiful way.” Apatow joined in a little: “I hear there’s a scene where she’s wearing underwear with a vibrator in it, so I’d have to see if that was uplifting for women.”

Apatow continued, “I feel sad that she hasn’t learned the lesson of her journey yet … [You’d think] at some point I’ll get a call saying ‘Sorry, I was tired … ‘ and then the call never comes.”

Yes, Apatow feels sorry for her. Isn’t it terrible that she hasn’t learned not to say that things are sexist in public? I mean, it is not as if Judd Apatow would not accept an apology from her. Truly, if only she would see the error of her ways and crawl back to Judd Apatow and repent of being one of the many people to point out the overwhelming sexism of Judd Apatow movies, Judd Apatow would welcome her with open arms. Although he would not give her more work, because although he keeps insane codependent multiple-film relationships with pretty much every dude he has ever worked with, the women show up in one movie and then go away forever unless he is married to them. Which is not sexist! NOT SEXIST AT ALL.

Anyway, it’s Rogen, as always, who brings his typical not-sexist and illuminating commentary to the table, and thereby raises the bar for all of us:

“I gotta say, it’s not like we’re the only people she said some batshit crazy things about. That’s kind of her bag now.”

Hey, remember when Rogen responded to the creators of Entourage (again: what?) and their accusations of misogyny by saying that they were “morons” and “assholes”? Note how this differs when the accuser is a woman. If a guy says it, it’s an insult, and must be responded to in an appropriately macho manner. If a girl says it, it’s beneath contempt. It invites pity. It just means that she’s insane. Because it’s not like women, being targets of misogyny, would know what it looks like or anything. No, they’re just hysterical, the poor little things.

Thank God for Seth Rogen, disproving his own misogyny once and for all.

(PS: To folks who are asking me about “The Ugly Truth”: Yes, I saw it. Yes, it’s terrible. Hopefully you will hear what I have to say about it next week.)


  1. snobographer wrote:

    Holy crap are you telling me that Rogen and Apatow still snivelling over Heigl's comments about Knocked Up? Heaven forfend either one of them should ever take a critical look at their work or anything.
    I almost want to buy a ticket to The Ugly Truth just to support Heigl's career. I wish she'd do a decent movie, so I could indirectly buy her a beer.

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Permalink
  2. Katie wrote:

    I was really hoping I'd get to see the Zombie Apocalypse prior to the Apatowpocalypse. *sniffle*

    Sady, I applaud you for sitting through all of manchild propaganda. I heartily enjoyed all of the reviews you did, and am really loving the snark now the dudez are all indignant 'n shit. I myself only watched Knocked Up because people kept telling us it was hilaaaaaarious. It was completely baffling. Why would someone who works in front of the camera for E! live with her sister and family? If she decided she wanted a baby, why the hell would Loser McStoney have to be a part of the package? I had to look up abortion services in the LA area just so that I could reassure myself that she would've had access. I…I really didn't understand the premise of the movie at all. They could've left the dudebros out of it altogether. And that's when I got angry…

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink
  3. mr_subjunctive wrote:

    To folks who are asking me about "The Ugly Truth": Yes, I saw it.

    But, Sady: why? I hope you're not going to say you saw it for us, your readers. Because WE LOVE YOU TOO MUCH TO PUT YOU THROUGH THAT.

    Also Seth Rogen is a douche, but I swear I have already read this, in a thesaurus or something.

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  4. amellifera wrote:

    I find it hilarious that Seth Rogen proves he's not a mysogynist by going on the Howard Stern Show to use typically mysogynistic language about a previous costar. Working real well for ya. buddy.

    On the bright side, I now have an answer for all of those people who tell me I'm supposed to think his character is a lazy, no-good dochebag who could never get Katherine Heigl to date him. Ummm. Apparently Seth Rogen missed that particular memo.

    Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 10:42 am | Permalink
  5. Jaime wrote:

    Didn't she make the one (valid) comment in one interview? They keep bringing it up to point where it seems like bullying and their constant assertion that 'she never said anything whilst filming' seems understandable. If they were truly open and understanding to her comments they would have approached her personally rather than running around town like misogynistic arseholes who feel they have to teach that woman who dared to speak her mind a lesson.

    Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  6. Tangoing with Evita wrote:

    I think Heigl was spot on when she called out Knocked Up on its misogyny, but then HOW THE FUCK DID THAT SAME WOMAN ACTUALLY *WRITE*, NOT JUST STAR IN, BUT HELPED TO *WRITE* the sexist monstrosity that is The Ugly Truth?
    And did Seth Rogen not touch on that, at least a little bit? Don't get me wrong, he needs to leave Heigl the fuck along, but it IS weird that she can call out Knocked Up while The Ugly Truth quite obviously gets a free pass, not only a free pass, but a ringing endorsement. Does. Not. Compute.

    Monday, August 3, 2009 at 5:45 am | Permalink
  7. blondie wrote:

    How is Knocked Up not sexist?

    In addition to being not very funny and jump-the-shark-unrealistic, it portrays both sexes as cardboard-dolt stereotypes, in an incredibly unflattering light.

    Do they think that if they're misanthropic, they aren't being sexist? Or they're equal opportunity sexists? So it's okay, then? Huh?

    Monday, August 3, 2009 at 9:24 am | Permalink