Hollywood doesn’t always do a great job of self-reflection. Bad choices are made, over and over again, until hashtags are created and A-list actors bail on awards shows and protests break out nationwide in order to get something to change.
No one person is necessarily responsible for all that, but it did made Seth Rogen’s recent remarks to The Guardian somewhat unexpected. In regards to some of his earlier films, Rogen told the British news outlet that some choices were perhaps less than ideal.
“It’s funny looking at some movies we’ve made in the last ten years under the lens of new eras, new social consciousness,” he said. “There’s for sure some stuff in our earlier movies, and even in our more recent movies, where even like a year later you’re like, ‘Eh, maybe that wasn’t the greatest idea.'”
Rogen went on to note that, “There are probably some jokes in Superbad that are bordering on blatantly homophobic,” adding that even though high school kids do sometimes speak in those terms, “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.”
The actor was doing press for his latest film, Neighbors 2, which depicts a sorority moving in to the house next door to Rogen’s character’s house, which he shares with his wife (Rose Byrne) and their child. The original Neighbors featured a fraternity moving in, lead by Zach Efron.