Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday, whose recent column linking the movies of
"In singling out 'Neighbors' [which stars Rogen] and Judd Apatow, I by no means meant to cast blame on those movies or Judd Apatow's work for this heinous action — obviously not," Hornaday says in the two-and-a-half-minute video. "But I do think, again, it bears all of us asking what the costs are of having such a narrow range of stories that we constantly go back to."
In her previous column published Sunday, Hornaday criticized Hollywood for catering to male fantasies of "vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfillment." She wrote that
On Twitter, Rogen called the original column "horribly insulting and misinformed," and Apatow wrote, "She [Hornaday] uses tragedy to promote herself with idiotic thoughts."
In her video, Hornaday says, "I certainly understand why Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow might feel defensive because I did single them out." But, she says, "As a film critic, what I wanted to do was think about what echoes we heard from the larger culture and maybe pose some questions that might be useful. At least judging from my inbox today, a lot of people do think that those are questions worth asking."
The controversy provided a rare example of engagement between a filmmaker and a critic (albeit of the charged kind).