Senator Ted Cruz and Seth Rogen Are Fighting On Twitter

Published on January 26, 2021

In one corner, Senator Ted Cruz. In the other corner, actor, writer, producer, and director, Seth Rogen. The politically active actor and Senator, who has faced blame for the insurrection at the Capitol, went at it over Twitter recently. Ted Cruz and Seth Rogen did not mince words, although Rogen made clear, it’s not a “Twitter feud” but much bigger than that. 

The battle of tweets started when Cruz tweeted: “By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh. This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans.” In response, Rogen wrote: “F*ck off you fascist.”

In the past, the Texas Senator has taken the time to tweet and take shots at celebrities. “Charming, civil, educated response. ⁦@Sethrogen⁩,” Cruz wrote. “If you’re a rich, angry Hollywood celebrity, today’s Dems are the party for you. If you’re blue-collar, if you’re a union member, if you work in energy or manufacturing…not so much.” Rogen double-downed and responded with: “Haha get f*cked fascist. Go encourage a white supremacist insurrection again you fucking clown.” The actor continued: “If you’re a white supremacist fascist who doesn’t find it offensive when someone calls your wife ugly, Ted Cruz is the exact motherf*cker for you. Also I’m in four unions.”

The back-and-forth lasted for days. Rogen even retweeted a video of a Pittsburgh official taking Cruz to task over his criticisms of rejoining the Paris Accord. “Hey @tedcruz,” Rogen added. “Watch this and then go f*ck yourself you clown. (This is way more fun now that I know he’s for sure seeing my tweets).” The actor continued to lambast the Senator, even screen grabbing a tweet in which Cruz wrote Disney’s Fantasia was the first movie he ever saw. “Everyone who made that film would hate you,” he said. 

Cruze labeled Rogen an “online like a Marxist with Tourette’s,” and responded to the Fantasia quip: “They’re all dead. So I think we’re good. And Walt Disney was a Republican.” It’s true, Disney was famously conservative. Cruz added “your movies are typically pretty funny,” and “I’m sure you hate that I enjoy them.”  

Rogen didn’t let it slide, especially the Senator’s derogatory comment about Tourette’s. “As someone who has Tourette’s in their family (and also has a very mild case himself),” Rogen tweeted. “I once again take great pleasure in telling you to go fuck yourself. (Also VERY few cases of Tourette’s manifest in uncontrollable swearing. Most cases, like mine, manifest in twitching.) Also you’re a f*cking fascist. Shut up and go away.”

It did not stop there, either. Both continued to tweet away at one another. Cruz praised the actor’s movies but criticized the man behind them: “All jokes aside, @Sethrogen is a moron. It’s your party that believes in govt power: to shut your business, to oppress your faith & to censor your speech. Anyone who disagrees, they try to cancel. BTW, a lot of folks in Hollywood are conservative—& muzzled by the fascist Left.”

Perhaps the dialogue will continue between the two, but Rogen left it here: “You literally inspired a deadly insurrection you stupid f*ck. This isn’t a Twitter ‘feud.’ @tedcruz tried to overthrow our government. He inspired a deadly mob to storm the Capitol. And I think that deserves ridicule. So f&ck him. Your lies got people killed. You have blood on your hands.” Cruz has yet to respond to Rogen’s criticism over his alleged complicity about the insurrection at the capitol.

It’s not the first time Cruz has taken criticism and insults from notable figures in Hollywood and pop culture. Elliot Page, in fact, criticized and questioned him directly over LGBTQ rights. Most fascinating of all, Cruz was once college roommates with a well-known Hollywood screenwriter, Craig Mazin, known for HBO’s Chernobyl and The Hangover movies. Mazin has recounted the unpleasant experience of rooming with Cruz at Princeton University. “You’re a United States Senator, @tedcruz. Stop sh***ing out of your mouth and do your job with dignity oh who am I kidding you’ve been this pathetic since 1988,” Mazin once tweeted, “and you will remain this pathetic until you’re gone.”

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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