On October 9th, Seth Rogen tweeted “f—k you Ben Carson.” The tweet seemed tied to a series of comments Carson had made about Nazis, the Holocaust, gun control, etc. Rogen said as much in his Daily Beast interview a week later, describing how aghast he felt when Carson said the Holocaust would never have happened if the Jews had been armed, plus some other stuff. Well, The Hollywood Reporter did an interview with a film critic named John Nolte, and it’s just precious. Nolte is a film critic for Brietbart.com, the ultra-conservative political site. And Nolte has a theory about why Steve Jobs “bombed” at the box office last weekend: it was all because of Seth Rogen’s tweet and how that tweet alienated all of the conservative film-goers who would have loved to see Steve Jobs if not for Rogen’s Ben-Carson-hating-ways. Anyway, Nolte had so many opinions and they were all rather amazing, so I would definitely suggest you read the full interview here. Some highlights:
Whether conservatives shunned ‘Steve Jobs’ because of Rogen’s tweet: “Hollywood is the only business I know of that doesn’t worry about what the face of their product says. If Mr. Whipple or Ronald McDonald said Christians are Nazis and people who oppose gay marriage are evil and f— Ben Carson, the people in those industries would worry about selling less toilet paper and hamburgers. But in Hollywood, Mr. Whipple — in this case Seth Rogen — can attack 50 percent of the customers, and it’s believed it doesn’t affect the bottom line.”
On the science of box office predictions: “It’s just anti-science to think [Rogen’s tweet] didn’t hurt the movie… I’ll tell you what happened — Seth Rogen told one of the most popular men in the country to f— off. That’s relevant.”
The media is a part of the ‘thought plantation’: “Because [media outlets are] part of the system where the correct-thinking stars are protected… If you guys say that Rogen hurt the movie, his people would come at you hard. You’d be stepping off the thought plantation. There are things you can say in Hollywood and things you can’t.”
Seth Rogen is provincial: “It’s the Pauline Kael thing — “Nobody I know voted for Nixon.” People in Hollywood are smart, but they’re bubble-dumb. They’re never challenged, and they don’t know anyone who disagrees with them, and so they saw Carson as this black apostate and figured everyone feels the same way. Rogen thought everyone in Hollywood will love his tweet because it’s so ballsy. Of course, doing something everyone loves isn’t ballsy at all, but that’s another topic. What he didn’t think, because he’s bubble-dumb, is that there’s a whole world out there, and Ben Carson is more popular than Hillary Clinton, and he’s been a folk hero in the black community for 20 years. Rogen is a provincial. He doesn’t understand the rest of the world.”
On Quentin Tarantino: “He’s also bubble-dumb. He thought Black Lives Matter was cool and mainstream. He doesn’t know that, in the rest of the country, it’s considered a fringe group. To accuse these cops of murder is just nasty. He’s lucky The Hateful Eight release is two months away; that’s a long time in politics.”
Another example of how personal politics hurt a movie: “Tomorrowland. Clooney is in it. He’s a polarizing figure. He’s a movie star in Hollywood, but not bankable in the rest of the country. Then, the news comes out that it’s a global warming film, so it didn’t even get off the ground.”
Nolte also says that Jane Fonda is a “horrible person” but “she’s so talented that I don’t think about that when I see her in a movie. I wish I felt that way about everyone, but, frankly, George Clooney isn’t that talented.” Which I guess means that if Rogen was more talented as an actor, maybe people wouldn’t care that Rogen tweeted “f—k you” to Ben Carson? Anyway, if this guy thinks that Hollywood is a bubble – and he’s actually right about that, Hollywood totally IS a bubble – then what does he think of the lunatic bubble of conservative media?
As for the central argument that he makes that Rogen was the reason why people didn’t want to see the movie… Rogen barely promoted it. Rogen did a few interviews and one film festival premiere and that was it. He was discussed a lot in the reviews, but that’s because most critics thought he gave an award-worthy supporting performance as Steve Wozniak. Considering the sheltered bubble that so many conservatives live within, I have a hard time believing that the average right-leaning person even knew Seth Rogen was in the movie.
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