Seth Rogen has admitted that there were a number of controversial homophobic jokes in his 2007 Superbad which he wouldn’t want to make today.
“It’s funny looking at some movies we’ve made in the last 10 years under the lenses of new eras, new social consciousness,” he said in an interview while promoting his latest film, Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising.
“There’s for sure some stuff in our earlier movies – and even in our more recent movies – where even like a year later you’re like ‘Eh, maybe that wasn’t the greatest idea,’” the comedian told the Guardian.
“There are probably some jokes in Superbad that are bordering on blatantly homophobic at times,” he added. “They’re all in the voice of high school kids, who do speak like that, but I think we’d also be silly not to acknowledge that we also were, to some degree, glamorizing that type of language in a lot of ways.”
Addressing issues that have been raised with his latest film, Rogen who was talking alongside his costar Chloe Grace Moretz, insisted that they were combating sexism in the American system of fraternities and sororities.
“The Greek system seems a little sexist,” he said. “The sheer fact that the women and the men don’t have equal rights and opportunities I think by definition makes it sexist, so that’s something we talked a lot about while we were making the movie.”
Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising is out on Friday, 6 May.