Mark Duplass and his brother Jay are phenomenal filmmakers and storytellers. Not content to only tell insane stories about terrible people on The League, Mark and Jay gave us the inspired Creep and its sequel before signing with Netflix and other studios for more content in the future. Mark always seemed like a pretty nice dude — and he may still be — but it seems he made a huge mistake in tweeting this before researching a person.
He failed to check himself and he did wreck. Twitter helped smash his shit too, to be fair.
hey mark. hard pass. pic.twitter.com/9duJPp5yOq— rob hoffman (@Rob_Hoffman) July 18, 2018
Jesus Mark, no. He's an awful person.— Julie (@Buellie1208) July 18, 2018
God this Duplass thing has triggered me. Guys like Ben Shapiro aren’t interested in being understood and they’re certainly not interested in compromise. They’re interested in mainstream acceptance of abhorrent ideas. Your Duplasses and your Kanyes are effective vehicles for that.— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) July 19, 2018
i hate to dogpile but it's worth pointing out this take is bad in the same way "Kavanaugh's nice at school pickup" takes are bad. shitty people sometimes do nice things, especially for prominent people! Ben Shapiro has devoted his career to slandering vulnerable people. he sucks pic.twitter.com/7fRisFcqr9— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) July 18, 2018
I mean, even a cursory Google in the ol’ internet machine would give Mark a thousand reasons NOT to present Shapiro as a shining beacon of humanity on the right.
Mark then tweeted an apology of sorts after deleting the initial tweet.
Genuinely appreciate all of your comments. My goal is to create further understanding of each other’s positions. If we “vote them out” without any attempt to understand, they’ll likely just vote us out next time the same way. That said, I hear your points. Best to all of you. — Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) July 18, 2018
Um. That didn’t go over well either, so Mark deleted it, began trending, and here comes James Gunn.
Maybe you disagree with Mark Duplass, which is completely fair (personally I think even Ben Shapiro's mother should unfollow him). But that doesn't make Duplass' point-of-view evil. There are a lot of traitors & racists in the country today. Perhaps save the outrage for them. 1— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 18, 2018
Not everyone can be right all the time about everything, and, if you think that's possible, then eventually you're going to be standing by yourself, "right," but alone. 2— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 18, 2018
We have a President who's an operative for a foreign nation at our helm. We have immigrant children still held without parents. Our election was attacked by Russia and the corrupt GOP is doing everything to make sure we don't put protections in place against it happening again. 3— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 18, 2018
Mark Duplass tweeting how you should follow an asshole because he thinks it's the kind thing to do simply can't be the bar for moral outrage.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 18, 2018
Have a good day. 4/END
Gunn usually has good points. This isn’t one of those times. I don’t think Mark was attacked — he was educated about his mistake. Big difference. In addition, letting “good” white guys slide on bullshit like this where they make an uneducated statement and aren’t held accountable for it are part of why we are where we are today in lots of different parts of Hell.
Third, I can absolutely be pissed about this and treason and racism and sexism and rape culture and any goddamn thing else I see that needs smashing.