Patton Oswalt #YesAllWomen Twitter Response Offensive? Read Comedian’s Controversial Comment After Alleged Elliot Rodger Santa Barbara Shooting

Patton Oswalt’s recent tweet about the #YesAllWomen movement has created quite a stir online. Many criticized the comedian for seemingly trivializing rape, when in actuality he was just trying to make a point about misogynist culture.Elliot Rodger

The #YesAllWomen Twitter movement has gone viral in the wake of Elliot Rodger’s alleged shooting in Isla Vista. The son of Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger killed seven people, including himself, near the University of California Santa Barbara last month. Just hours before the shooting, Rodger posted an online “Retribution” video where he vowed revenge against women for rejecting his advances.

“I’m going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoilt, stuck-up, blonde s*** that I see inside there,” Elliot Rodger said in his “Retribution” video. “All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would have all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one. The true alpha male.”

Elliot Rodger’s “Retribution” video and alleged massacre led females to start the #YesAllWomen trend. It was supposed to draw attention to sexism and violence against women, but inevitably some men (including Undateable’s Chris D’Elia) failed to see the point. This led Patton Oswalt to tweet the below message on Friday.

While more than 2,000 people favorited Patton Oswalt’s #YesAllWomen tweet, others accused the actor of trivializing a serious issue.

The backlash against Patton Oswalt’s #YesAllWomen tweet grew so loud that the comedian tweeted an explanation for his comments later on Friday. Oswalt insisted that he was just trying to mock the opinions of so-called Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs).

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Melissa Siegel

Melissa Siegel is a writer and journalist based in a suburb of New York City.

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