Actor Seth Rogen is being slammed for his ‘privileged’ comment after shrugging off Los Angeles YouTuber Casey Neistat, who tweeted about having his car robbed, referring to the crime as ‘part of ‘living in a big city.’
Neistat, 40, who used to be a prominent YouTuber in New York before moving to the West Coast, took to Twitter on Wednesday to tell his followers that ‘our cars got robbed,’ and blamed the city for being a ‘crime riddled 3rd world s**thole of a city.’
This caught the attention of Rogan, 39, who responded to the tweet saying: ‘Dude I’ve lived here for over 20 years. You’re nuts haha. It’s lovely here. Don’t leave anything valuable in it. It’s called living in a big city.’
Neistat later reported that his seven-year-old daughter’s birthday party decorations were stolen from his car and that the looter left ‘bloody hand prints’ on his vehicle. It is unclear what caused the looter to bleed.
Rogen called Neistat ‘nuts’ before telling him ‘it’s lovely’ in live in LA, despite rising crime rates and a series of recent luxury store lootings across the area.
The YouTube personality called LA a ‘crime riddled 3rd world s**thole of a city,’ which did not sit well with Rogen, who has lived in the city for more than 20 years
Actor Seth Rogen, 39, caught slack on Twitter after dismissing YouTuber Casey Neistat, who got his car robbed
The pair had a lengthy exchange on Twitter
The YouTuber – who estimated to be worth $16million, according to Wealthy Gorilla – jokingly asked the Neighbors actor if he ‘can still be mad tho’ before saying he felt ‘so violated.’
Rogen replied: ‘You can be mad but I guess I don’t personally view my car as an extension of myself and I’ve never really felt violated any of the 15 or so times my car was broken in to. Once a guy accidentally left a cool knife in my car so if it keeps happening you might get a little treat.’
The funny guy – who is worth an estimated $80million, according to celebritynetworth.com – caught slack, not only from the influencer himself, but also from fans alike for his ‘privileged’ comment.
Neistat called out the actor, saying he ‘didn’t get any treats.’
Twitter user Cathy Young called wrote: ‘You know, people talk about how this or that statement embodies ‘privilege,’ and 95% of the time it’s total bulls***, but this… yeah.’
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘HAHAHAHA I wish I could live such a carefree existence,’ in response to Rogen not viewing his car as an ‘extension of myself.’
Other’s encouraged ‘cancelling’ the actor while other pointed out his immense wealth.
Rogen (pictured at the Vulture Festival earlier this month) also admitted he had his car broken into at least 15 times since living in the city and told Neistat to not ‘leave anything valuable in it’
Daily Caller reporter Dylan Housman called out Rogen’s wealth: ‘Multi-millionaire celebrity explains to you why having your car broken into isn’t a big deal and you should just get over it.’
Writer Katherine Brodsky also called out Rogen’s insensitive comment, writing: ‘It may not be a huge deal to someone with tremendous wealth, but it certainly is for someone who’s struggling.’
Others called it a ‘bad take’ as crime, especially aggravated assault and burglary, are on the rise across major cities.
‘Bad take,’ one wrote. ‘”It’s called living in a big city” shouldn’t be used to dismiss the rise in crime.’
It seems not all those were against Rogen’s ‘privileged’ comment.
User Kristen McPike remarked how she had her car ‘stolen in Hollywood’ and ‘sometimes you just gotta roll with it.’
‘Had my car stolen in Hollywood. They found it in Inglewood a couple days later,’ she wrote. ‘Someone took it for a joy ride to a Rams game. LA is just one big ‘ol adventure all of the time. Sometimes you just gotta roll with it.’
The star didn’t let hatred get to him too much, as he wrote on Wednesday: ‘A lot of people come at me and talk s**T on Twitter hoping I’ll engage with them publicly and give them attention, but instead I DM them and tell them to go f**k themselves privately. It’s a lot more fun.’
However, Neistat didn’t let it slide that Rogen revealed he had been robbed 15 or more times, asking: ‘Serious question; how did you get your car broken into 15 times?’
Rogen replied: ‘I lived in West Hollywood for 20 years and parked on the street.’
Rogen received a lot of hate over his ‘privileged’ comment, with many calling out his immense wealth. The actor is worth an estimated $80million
More than 10,000 burglaries have occurred in Los Angeles since the start of 2021 and motor vehicle theft is up almost 10 per cent. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the increase in robberies is due to the availability of handguns.
‘The number of handguns that are in the streets today — you’d have to go back probably at least a decade or more to find this level,’ Moore said.
Homicide, rape, and aggravated assault are also up in Los Angeles.
Other cities like New York and Chicago are also experiencing rises in violent crimes.
On Wednesday, a looting gang targeted an LA Nordstrom ahead of Thanksgiving, making off with eight luxury handbags and assaulting a cop – the latest in a string of smash-and-grab raids to plague California.
Five people, one wearing an orange wig, entered the open store in Canoga Park shortly before 7pm on Wednesday and sprayed a security guard with ‘some kind of chemical’ in front of terrified shoppers, police said.
The thieves sped off and managed to escape with thousands of dollars worth of handbags despite multiple police cruisers, as well as fire trucks and ambulances, responding to the raid.
It is the eighth smash-and-grab robbery in California in the last week where thieves have made off with tens of thousands of dollars in luxury goods, amid soft misdemeanor theft laws in the Democrat-run state.
In July, LA cut $150million from the LAPD’s budget following the death of George Floyd. The city funneled the money into social services, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In August, the LAPD reported it had 300 positions open and had around 500 fewer officers are duty than the year prior, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. The police department is still looking to fill 94 positions, Moore said.
However, as of Wednesday, the LAPD will receive a $213million increase to their budget next year, which would likely raise staffing levels, the Los Angeles Times reported.