Writer Truman Capote made a lot of enemies in Hollywood after an appearance on “The Tonight Show” back in the Johnny Carson when he observed that actors are stupid.
When the host challenged him, Capote doubled down, saying, “The better the actor, the more stupid he is.”
On Wednesday, Canadian-American actor Seth Rogen not only proved Capote’s claim but made it clear that at least some actors are ignorant of history.
Rogen managed to show his true colors in fewer than 140 words:
The idea that Nazis and people who oppose Nazis are somehow equatable is the most batshit fucking crazy shit I've ever fucking heard.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 16, 2017
Unluckily for him, a few of his more than six and a half million followers on Twitter aren’t quite so unenlightened. Many tweeted back statements like these:
Hey Seth, not everyone who opposes Nazis is good. Ever heard of a man named Joseph Stalin? https://t.co/l9K69Zc0nj
— Tom Seline (@Tom_Seline) August 18, 2017
Stalin opposed Nazis. His body count puts Hitler to shame. https://t.co/XIizVTagBf
— Heather (@hboulware) August 17, 2017
While Rogen brushes up on his twentieth-century European history, he may want to pay a visit to the site of the statue that appears below.
It depicts one of Stalin’s contemporaries. His name is Vladimir Lenin, and he, too, was guilty of murderous repression. According to Alexander Yakovlev, Yale historian and architect of perestroika and glasnost (two more terms for Rogen’s remediation):
[I]n punitive operations Stalin did not think up anything that was not there under Lenin: executions, hostage taking, concentration camps, and all the rest.
If Rogen wants to pay homage to this great man of the Left, he won’t have to travel all the way to Russia. The statue is in Seattle.