Mark Duplass apologizes for tweet praising Ben Shapiro


Filmmaker and actor Mark Duplass has apologized after getting some heat from his “fellow liberals” for a tweet endorsing conservative pundit Ben Shapiro.

Duplass posted the tweet on Wednesday afternoon and it has since been deleted, but he urged “fellow liberals” who might be contemplating “crossing the aisle” to follow Shapiro, editor-in-chief of conservative site the Daily Caller. “He doesn’t bend the truth,” the tweet stated. “His intentions are good.”

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Perhaps Duplass hadn’t read Shapiro’s past articles or his racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist tweets and only knew him as a guy “who once helped me for no other reason that to be nice,” but the internet quickly delivered.

Others pointed out that this isn’t the first time Duplass has apparently tried to cross the aisle.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn tried to squeeze out a “there are bigger targets” defense.

Duplass, who recently produced the Netflix doc Wild Wild Country and HBO series Room 104, posted an apology of sorts on Thursday morning, stating that the tweet was “a disaster on many levels” and that his “goal has always been to spread unity, understanding and kindness.”


Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.