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Filmmaker Apologizes for Calling Conservative Ben Shapiro a ‘Genuine Person’

Bullied by leftists, actor and director Mark Duplass backtracked on a tweet that was only meant to promote unity

Welcome to 2018, a year in which — if you express respect for someone who disagrees with you — social media mobs will band together to shame you and pummel you into an apology.

Filmmaker Mark Duplass (shown above right), who has starred in such shows as “Goliath” and “The Mindy Project” and directed the films “Cyrus” and “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” is an openly liberal artist. But he recently took to Twitter to say some kind things about conservative commentator and Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro (above left).

On Thursday, Duplass wrote that Shapiro was a “genuine person” with good intentions. And he encouraged his fans to follow Shapiro in the now-deleted tweet.

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“Fellow liberals: If you are interested in ‘crossing the aisle’ you should consider following Ben Shapiro. 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,” wrote the filmmaker.

Many responded with outrage.

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Duplass later deleted his tweet and replaced it with this apology:

The apology for daring to show respect to someone on the opposite side of the aisle didn’t earn him many conservative fans.

Ben Shapiro himself responded to the flip by Duplass and tweeted the following:

What a sad state of affairs. Groupthink bullies shame anyone who dares to be friendly to people with different beliefs.

The ability to discuss issues with those with whom you disagree is partly what this country is built on and what makes it great. How dare anybody shame an artist into going back on an opinion that only promotes unity.

And, quite frankly, shame on Duplass for caving in to the pressure.

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Ben Shapiro, CC BY-SA 3.0, Splitscreen, Gage Skidmore / Mark Duplass, CC BY 2.0PunkToad)

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