Canadians are known for our politeness and not as fighters, but earlier this year, two Canucks, actor Seth Rogen and Senator Ted Cruz (it’s true, he was born in Calgary), resorted to blows over the storming of the US Capitol in January.
Online Twitter blows that is; with The Pineapple Express funny man flat out calling Cruz a “fascist.” Now, Seth is doubling down on that assertion, and wants everyone to know that it is disingenuous to call their interactions a “feud.”
“Feud implies equal ground,” Seth told Stephen Colbert last night on The Late Show. “If someone’s trying to murder someone with a baseball bat and someone is yelling that person to stop, is that a feud between the baseball bat-wielder and the person yelling at the baseball bat-wielder? I don’t know if that’s a feud. 'Feud' implies two people hitting each other with baseball bats.”
Seth had no problem speaking his mind, continuing, “Ted Cruz is a fascist. He denies the reality of the election. His words caused people to die and I’m making jokes about it. Is that a feud? I don’t know. To me, it seems I’m pointing out the fact that he’s a terrible man whose words have resulted in death.”
Naturally, Stephen had to ask Seth (who just launched his cannabis company Houseplant in California) if he would be down to smoking with a certain senator.
“It would be beneficial to him because it would be humanizing him in some way to hang out with me,” Seth laughed. “I’ve tried, honestly, there are people in my life who hold the beliefs that Ted Cruz holds and I really try to engage with them throughout the last year and ultimately it was horrifying.”
“There is nothing I could convey that would reframe this person’s reality as they viewed it.”
This not-a-feud feud erupted back in January, through a series of tweets after the riots at the US Capitol Building, and leading up to the inauguration of US President Joe Biden. Seth used some, shall we say, choice words to call Cruz a fascist.
Seth then had a little fun with their war of Tweets.
Seth also made sure back then to clarify that this wasn’t a “feud,” that it was instead a condemnation of a man who “inspired a deadly mob.”
Of course, the American media machine and alt-right trolls came for Rogen, wondering why he was butting his nose in American politics, to which Seth reminded everyone, hey, Cruz was born in Calgary!
And then Seth went right back to explaining why he felt compelled to criticize this particular lawmaker.
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