After intense blowback from his “fellow liberals” online, actor and director Mark Duplass (star of the TV series “Manhunt: Unabomber”) has issued an apology for a tweet in which he simply recommended to those interested in “crossing the aisle” to consider following Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro.
In a since-deleted tweet, Duplass wrote, “Fellow liberals: If you are interested at all in ‘crossing the aisle,’ you should consider following @benshapiro. 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.”
Here’s a screenshot of the original tweet one follower posted:
— ᵀᴴᴱ ᴾᴿᴬᴳᴹᴬᵀᴼᴹᴱᵀᴱᴿ (@pragmatometer) July 19, 2018
The outrage online from his “fellow liberals” was enough for Duplass to quickly delete the innocuous post and issue a retraction in which he felt compelled to defend himself from charges of endorsing “hatred, racis, homophobia, xenophobia” and all forms of “intolerance.” After apologizing profusely for the tweet, which he described as a “disaster on many levels,” he thanked those who offered “constructive criticism” and have helped him “learn so much” from the incident:
So that tweet was a disaster on many levels. I want to be clear that I in no way endorse hatred, racism, homophobia, xenophobia or any form of intolerance. My goal has always been to spread unity, understanding and kindness. But I am going to make mistakes along the way. Sometimes I move too quickly when I get excited, or fail to do enough research, or I don’t communicate myself clearly. I’m really sorry. I now understand that I need to be more diligent and careful. I’m working on that. But, I do believe deeply in bi-partisan understanding and I will continue to do my best to promote peace and decency in this world right now. That said, I hear you. I want to say thank you to those who reached out with constructive criticism. I have genuinely learned so much and wish everyone the best.
— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) July 19, 2018
In response, Shapiro wrote, “So in 24 hours I apparently went from being a person with good intentions to a racist sexist bigot. Twitter toxifies any attempt to cross the aisle. There’s no conservative Mark could have recommended who wouldn’t receive the same blowback.”
So in 24 hours I apparently went from being a person with good intentions to a racist sexist bigot. Twitter toxifies any attempt to cross the aisle. There's no conservative Mark could have recommended who wouldn’t receive the same blowback. https://t.co/JEizw69eFH
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 19, 2018
The responses online to Duplass’ apology for attempting to promote “bi-partisan understanding” largely revolved around the growing intolerance of some of the most vocal on the left. For a sample, here are the first ten tweets responding to the actor’s retraction of his original, actually bi-partisan tweet:
Brother, I feel the same way you do. I disagree with @benshapiro about most things; that doesn’t mean he’s a bad person or not worth listening to. This just in: conservatives have different values and moral bedrocks. Understand and empathize, don’t villainize and ‘bigoteer’.
— Mackenzie Gilmore (@mackgini) July 19, 2018
2. And I know innumerable liberals that feel the same way, but are too scared to profess that opinion because they’ll get wrecked by the mob (like you did). Not to mention the people who are simply too scared to even check out a conservative pundit out of fear of contamination.
— Mackenzie Gilmore (@mackgini) July 19, 2018
And THIS reason… is why I left "the left".
— Perry LePrince (@perryleprince) July 19, 2018
So because of a small faction of the Democratic Party is militant and anti free speech your ENTIRE political ideology switched over night ? You just changed all of your political positions because some of the left play identity politics ? You were never on the left then
— Jake Bonfante (@Wakeand_Jake) July 19, 2018
NARRATOR: The faction is not small.
— (((J. VanSteenwyk))) (@jwvansteenwyk) July 19, 2018
The faction is very small, very loud and very ignorant.
— blake j. harris (@blakejharrisNYC) July 19, 2018
Not as small as you'd like to think, they are very loud and hold power in the party and the media at large
— Alan Eskew (@AlanGEskew) July 19, 2018
— Edmund (@Schwangstar) July 19, 2018
Sad to see you give into to a bunch of insane people.
— Matt’s Idea Shop (@MattsIdeaShop) July 19, 2018
Not everyone can have the courage of the high school girl who wore the Chinese prom dress.
— SWG (@stwinng) July 19, 2018