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Seth Rogen couldn’t wait to open his wallet on behalf of those arrested during the first wave of George Floyd protests.
What the “Knocked Up” star didn’t do, though, is explain whether that money would go to the downtrodden … or the folks who set the Twin Cities ablaze.
Instead, he resorted to a profane attack on a Fox News critic.
Rogen was part of a wave of celebrity donors helping out the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a group that supplies bail money to low-income residents. Other stars donating to the fund include Steve Carell, Janelle Monae, actor Ben Schwartz and comic Patton Oswalt.
This reporter reached out to the stars’ PR contacts and agents with two simple questions. Do the stars care if their money goes to looters, not peaceful protesters? And will they be supporting any minority-owned businesses destroyed during the protests?
Tucker Carlson wasn’t ready to let the stars off so easily. He excoriated them during a recent edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” accusing them of helping fuel the chaos.
“The cast of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ a police comedy, gave a hundred grand to help bail out people who very well may have attacked those they portray on TV,” Carlson said. “Rapper Lil Nas X urged his 4.7 million Twitter followers to donate to bail groups in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia and elsewhere. Imagine if he had used those followers instead to help small businesses destroyed by the riots he helped incite.”
That drew withering blowback from the rapper as well as Rogen.
“This man just lied and told millions of people on national television that I was inciting riots,” Lil Nas X said on Twitter.
Rogen played, what else, the race card.
“I think when white supremacists are bothered by your actions, that’s probably a good thing,” the actor Tweeted before taking a page out of one of his R-rated screenplays.
“F*** this pasty a**hole.”
Both Indiewire.com and TheWrap.com framed the story from the celebrities’ perspective. The latter even used the word “unrest” to describe the other parts of the Floyd protests … “looting” and “rioting.” It’s more accurate, even if it doesn’t fit the media’s “mostly peaceful” narrative.
There’s an outstanding chance that Hollywood cash did, indeed, go to some folks jailed for riots and/or looting. Police nationwide have been hesitant to do their jobs during the protests, acting upon orders from their superiors. Those jailed likely did more than wave a few placards and demand justice.
Did the stars investigate every case to make sure their money went to people expressing their constitutional rights? It’s doubtful.
More importantly, when stars support platforms like “defund the police” and spring looters from jail they are, in fact, hurting the communities in question.
Rogen would rather resort to childish name calling than answer those tough but fair questions.