Oh, Seth Rogen! We find it incredibly appropriate that his latest movie is the sequel to the 2014 hit Neighbors. Because the ongoing love-hate relationship we have with the Canadian-born actor and filmmaker is just like the love-hate relationship we have with our real-life neighbors.
This history is complicated. In the past, Rogen has played up derogatory names for gays for laughs, only to turn around and release what's essentially a gay love story like Pineapple Express and make out with James Franco in a parody music video. And right when you think Rogen's gone too far for a laugh, by saying certain pop culture preferences can make a person gay? Well, then Rogen expressed heartfelt pride in being a bear icon, after he inspired a book of sketched nudes by artist Christopher Schulz.
In light of this status, the funnyman recently apologized for past comedic tactics that do no favors to the gay community.
"There are probably some jokes in Superbad that are bordering on blatantly homophobic at times," Rogen said in a recent interview promoting Neighbors 2. "They’re all in the voice of high school kids, who do speak like that, but I think we’d also be silly not to acknowledge that we also were, to some degree, glamorizing that type of language in a lot of ways."
Still, Superbad is not the only time Rogen's been, well, super bad with antigay humor. Here's a review of some of the worst offenders. And for now, we'll take Rogen at his word and accept his attempt at making amends. His next featured role couldn't possibly contain any underlying homophobic themes or jokes. Not in a movie titled Sausage Party.
Kirk Hartlage is an Orlando-based freelance journalist. You can follow him on Facebook.