Mark Duplass was criticized for praising conservative media personality Ben Shapiro on Twitter on Wednesday. The screenwriter and actor ultimately deleted the tweet following backlash from liberals.
“Fellow liberal: If you are interested at all in ‘crossing the aisle’ you should consider following @BenShapiro.” Duplass said in the tweet. “I don’t agree with him on much but he’s a genuine person who once helped me for no other reason than to be nice. He doesn’t bend the truth. His intentions are good.”
Duplass may have had good intentions, but the liberals he addressed in the tweet took his call of “crossing the aisle” as a betrayal and bluntly told Duplass that conversing with Shapiro would not be tolerated.
I wish I had the energy to drag Mark Duplass but I met my quota of arguing with guys who look like this at a liberal arts college ten years ago pic.twitter.com/u72BtG6yN8
— Alana Hope Levinson (@alanalevinson) July 18, 2018
— Slade (@Slade) July 18, 2018
hey mark. hard pass. pic.twitter.com/9duJPp5yOq
– rob hoffman (@Rob_Hoffman) July 18, 2018
i wonder if, maybe, mark duplass just doesn't know that much about what ben shapiro does and says
or, maybe he's evil and bad and canceled or whatever. everyone else, you're doing great being perfect and objectively good and right about everything please don't hate me i need you
— Little Ben (@Buncahn) July 18, 2018
He thinks people like me are delusional, mentally ill monsters who don't deserve legal protections. But sure, Mark, aside from that, he's great. https://t.co/x3XU4o93KZ
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 18, 2018
Actual liberal here: get the fuck out of here with this garbage take from Hell.
– Guy Endore-Kaiser (@GuyEndoreKaiser) July 18, 2018
If you mean he helped you become better at transphobia and mocking the LGBTQ community, then totally.
– Natalie Finn (@natfinnonE) July 18, 2018
In response, Shapiro himself took a shot at the left following their public shaming of Duplass.
“Today’s Leftist lesson on Twitter: write a nice tweet about someone with whom you disagree politically, get labeled a racist sexist homophobe,” he said. “Good stuff, guys. Really showing that tolerant streak.”
Today's Leftist lesson on Twitter: write a nice tweet about someone with whom you disagree politically, get labeled a racist sexist homophobe. Good stuff, guys. Really showing that tolerant streak.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 18, 2018
It remains unclear what Duplass thinks of the ordeal. He did not offer an explanation for the tweet or why he deleted it and did not immediately respond to an inquiry from TheWrap.