(KXAN) – A feud ignited early Sunday morning when actor Seth Rogen took to Twitter to fire a single sentence against Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz: “Everyone who made that movie would hate you.”
The beef began when Cruz responded to a tweet from MGM Studios asking: “What was the first movie you saw in the theaters?” Cruz replied that the first film he had seen in a theater was a revival of Disney’s 1940 animated film “Fantasia”.
“It scared me; I cried – I was 4. My mother had to take me out, “ Cruz tweeted. “Good times.”
The answer apparently irritated Rogen, best known for roles in comedies such as “Knocked Up”
“Everyone who made that movie would hate you,” Rogen replied.
Rogen’s response received over 38,000 likes, and Cruz eventually responded, saying: “They are all dead. So I think we’re good. And Walt Disney was a Republican. Even if you behave online like a Marxist with Tourettes (screaming “FU! FU!” Is really, really smart), your movies are typically pretty funny. I’m sure you hate that I enjoy them. ”
Rogen quickly clapped back at Cruz’s reaction – and mockery of Tourette’s syndrome:
“As someone who has Tourettes in their family (and also has a very mild case of self), I am once again delighted to tell you that you must go yourself. (Also very few cases of Tourette’s manifesto by uncontrollable sword. Most cases, like mine, manifest themselves in jerks).
Not yet finished Rogen responded to his own tweet, adding: “You are also a fascist. Shut up and walk away. ”
Next, Rogen fired a new tweet and simply said: “All jokes aside, @tedcruz is a fascist piece of s -.”
This prompted a response from Cruz, who replied:
“All jokes aside, @Sethrogen is an idiot. It is your party that believes in the power of government: to close your business, to suppress your faith and to censor your speech. Anyone who disagrees is trying to cancel. BTW, many people in Hollywood are conservative – and mouthed by the fascist left. ”
Cruz did not seem to acknowledge his use of Tourettes as an insult, though it not only drew Rogen’s anger.
Many in Cruz’s response pointed to a poorly informed and offensive use of referring to Tourette’s syndrome as an insult.
“This is not the 90s, Tourettes are not a punchline anymore,” one user wrote.
“Why do you spot people with special needs who have Tourette’s syndrome? ” Project Lincoln committee member David Weissman asked.
Another user replied, “Spotting an incurable neurological condition that millions of people spend their entire lives on is… absolutely on-fire for you, Ted.”
KXAN has reached out to the Senator Cruz office for comment.