Seth Rogen has entered the 2016 election fray with a short tweet about second leading Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson. Seth kept his opinions about Ben short, but very much to the point.
“F**k you, Ben Carson,” he tweeted.
Although Carson hasn’t exactly been universally loved in the press this week, some of the replies to Rogen’s tweet appeared to be from the candidate’s supporters. Some attacked the one-off, immature nature of the tweet, wile others detracted Seth’s ability as an actor — jabbing Rogen for his roles in stoner comedies in comparison with Ben’s accomplishments as a surgeon.
Those jumping to criticize Seth certainly weren’t the only ones who saw the tweet. Less than an hour after its publication, Rogen’s original message had already racked up nearly 2,000 reweets and well over 3,000 favorites. Even some high-profile Twitter users weighed in, with GQ throwing in a Chris Pratt GIF for good measure.
Of course, the men’s magazine might be a little biased in their support of Seth. On Thursday, GQ published an article titled “F**k Ben Carson” that tore the candidate apart for the fallout over his comments following the Oregon shooting, likely the same reason Rogen tweeted at Ben in the first place. The magazine marked Carson as a worse possible president than Donald Trump, going as far as to say that “doesn’t seem to have much respect for” the American public.
“Here’s the thing: I don’t believe [Ben] when he says any of this. I bet he wasn’t even held up at that chicken joint. Carson is a soft-spoken fella who knows that he has to make even sillier comments than the competition just so that his silly comments are heard… You are now bearing witness to an arms race of stupid, because stupid is in such high demand from the GOP base at the present moment. Stupid is what gets you attention, and attention is what gets you better polling numbers.”
In the last few weeks, Ben has increasingly become one of the major focuses among conservatives vying for the nation’s highest office. Carson attracting the ire of celebrities like Seth is even more indication that he’s truly become one of the most watched contenders in the race. Getting Rogen to a tweet a “f**k you” to him instead of the more commonly embattled Donald might even be interpreted as a boon in some circles.
Although Seth didn’t provide much context in his tweet, he’s probably referencing the Oregon shooting comments that Ben has found himself revisiting time and time again in the press this week. Rogen and the rest of the public first started to see these opinions develop when Carson posted on his Facebook page that the loss of Second Amendment rights was “more devastating” than mass shootings, reported the Inquisitr.
“There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking – but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away. Serious people seek serious solutions.”
Criticism of these original comments mounted as Ben said that if he was in the situation, he would have charged the shooter. Some said Carson was blaming the Oregon shooting victims, which led Ben to follow up his statements with an anecdote about being held at gunpoint in a Popeye’s. He recalled telling the gunman that he “wanted the guy behind the counter,” a statement that attracted the attention of GQ, Rogen, and millions of potential voters.
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