Seth Rogen’s raunchy R-rated animated comedy about a hot dog and his grocery store food friends’ journey to discover the meaning of life is being panned on social media by left-wing social justice warriors for what they claim is its “generally gross” racism and sexism.
Conceived as an edgy spoof of G-rated Pixar-produced children’s movies, Sausage Party, co-written by Rogen and his longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg, is a profanity-laced, sexually explicit comedy geared toward adult audiences.
While Rogen is proud of his new foul-mouthed film — he told a room full of fans at Comic Con, “We want to make sausage-talking movies for the rest of our lives” — it has come under heavy fire from some social media users, who say the film relies too heavily on humor based on racial stereotypes.
One Twitter user, @CheapBiatch,” said of the film, “Just saw Sausage Party… the biggest piece of crap ever… seriously never waste your time. Gross, unfunny, racist, sexist & a rape scene.”
This sentiment was apparently shared widely among social justice warrior social media after Sausage Party‘s release on Thursday night.
Saw a prescreening of Sausage Party last night……I mean I laughed but overall it relied waaaay too much on racist humor
— Wilson Fisk’s Lip Tremble (@BlckBolex) August 9, 2016
SAUSAGE PARTY's heavy reliance on racial stereotypes for gags pretty much put me off the whole film. Shitty, lazy writing.
— Sonal Patel (@_sonal_) August 9, 2016
According to @VegasFilmCritic "Sausage Party" is typical Seth Rogan drivel- 90 minutes of sexual jokes and racism. Why is Rogan rich?
— Douglas Walton (@douglas_walton) August 12, 2016
However, some saw the liberal social justice warrior criticism of Sausage Party as a reason to support the politically incorrect movie.
At first I wasn't too interested in watching this movie but now after those dumbass "SJW's" are trying to boycott… https://t.co/85L7dWPR7p
— Jerry Holaway (@jholaway1971) August 12, 2016
— Oh, That Dale Giesige! (@DGiesige) August 12, 2016
ITS A STUPID CARTOON. LIGHTEN UP LEFTIES..Rogen's Animated Movie 'Sausage Party' Crashed by SJWs, Accused of Racism https://t.co/IK1Npm7doO
— Corky Engel (@corkyengel) August 12, 2016
— Ashby Ryan (@ryobi43) August 12, 2016
Rogen is, of course, keenly aware of Sausage Party‘s racially and sexually suggestive bent.
Craig Robinson, Rogen’s friend and the film’s sole black voice-actor, plays a box of grits (because a watermelon was apparently already cast).
“The fruits are gay,” Rogen said during an interview on Sway in the Morning earlier this week. “The Jewish guy’s a bagel. We really go after every stereotype. Mr. Grits eventually gets his revenge on the crackers… the crackers are the real villain…”
Despite the criticism, the 89-minute animated production generated a solid $3.25 million during its Thursday night premiere at 2,632 locations. The film is currently projected to take in around $15 to $20 million during its opening weekend. That would be a great start for the film; Annapurna Pictures reportedly produced Sausage Party on a modest $30 million budget. Sony Pictures, which distributed Rogen’s North Korea comedy caper The Interview — which sparked an international incident last year — is on board again for Sausage Party.
The film stars Rogen, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, Craig Robinson, Nick Kroll and Danny McBride.
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