Comedic actor Seth Rogen sparked a Twitter frenzy after he shrugged off Los Angeles criminals breaking into cars, suggesting it’s simply part of normal life in a big city.
The viral uproar began when the « Knocked Up » star reacted to a tweet from YouTube personality Casey Neistat, who wrote on Wednesday, « so our cars got robbed this morning because Los Angeles is a crime riddled 3rd world s—hole of a city » and expressed gratitude towards the LA Police Department for arresting the criminal and retrieving all the stolen belongings.
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« Dude I’ve lived here for over 20 years. You’re nuts haha, » Rogen reacted. « It’s lovely here. Don’t leave anything valuable in it. It’s called living in a big city. »
« i can still be mad tho right? » Neistat asked, adding, « feel so violated. »
« You can be mad but I guess I don’t personally view my car as an extension of myself and I’ve never really felt violated any of the 15 or so times my car was broken in to, » Rogen responded. « Once a guy accidentally left a cool knife in my car so if it keeps happening you might get a little treat. »
Neistat told Rogen he « didn’t get any treats » and that the thief had taken decorations for his daughter’s 7th birthday party but then asked, « how did you get your car broken into 15 times? »
« I lived in West Hollywood for 20 years and parked on the street, » Rogen wrote. « Also it sucks your s— was stolen but LA is not some shithole city. As far as big cities go it has a lot going for it. »
Critics piled on the wealthy actor for being so dismissive of car burglaries in Tinseltown, many accusing him of being « privileged. »
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« I don’t think ‘my car’s been broken into 15 times’ is doing the pro-Los Angeles work Seth seems to think it’s doing here, » Washington Post contributing columnist Sonny Bunch reacted.
« I, too, am unbothered when one of many cars gets broken into. I just ask my assistant to get it all cleaned up and repaired. What’s the big deal? » Tablet Magazine’s Noam Blum mocked Rogen. « Viewing crime as some quaint reality of urban living akin to deer eating your vegetable garden is some bulls— Hollywood-goggles romanticization of something that has no redeeming value and doesn’t require some loss of humanity to prevent. »
« You know, people talk about how this or that statement embodies ‘privilege,’ and 95% of the time it’s total bulls—, but this… yeah, » political commentator Cathy Young tweeted.
« Multi-millionaire celebrity explains to you why having your car broken into isn’t a big deal and you should just get over it, » Daily Caller reporter Dylan Housman wrote.
Why is it ok? It may not be a huge deal to someone with [tremendous] wealth, but it certainly is for someone who’s struggling. Might be the difference between making it & not. And regardless, the idea that it’s just ok…cost of living…is …am unhealthy one, » entertainment journalist Katherine Brodsky replied.
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« Seth Rogen is only funny when he’s not trying to be, » Substack writer Jim Treacher quipped.
Rogen appeared to respond to the backlash, suggesting he’d rather clash with his critics privately.
« A lot of people come at me and talk s— on Twitter hoping I’ll engage with them publicly and give them attention, but instead I DM them and tell them to go f— themselves privately. It’s a lot more fun, » Rogen tweeted.