He dared to inspire open conversation with the ‘other side’, and his own turned on him with such hatred and rage that he was forced to delete the offending tweet and grovel for forgiveness. He practically claimed temporary insanity as the reason for daring to suggest that a conservative could be a nice person.
The fans and friends of screen actor and avowed Liberal Mark Duplass went ballistic Wednesday when he tweeted an invitation for them to check out conservative commentator Ben Shapiro. The response from his fans was brutal with them lashing out saying that Shapiro is nothing but a misogynic, trans-phobic, hate-peddling white supremacist.
To his disgrace, Duplass even dared to describe Shapiro as a “genuine person” who “doesn’t bend the truth” and whose “intentions are good.”
The livid reactions came in droves making Duplass’ name trend on Twitter, and he eventually had to delete the tweet.
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 18, 2018
Haunted by the experience, Duplass posted an apology on Thursday, summing up the experience as a “disaster on many levels.”
— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) July 19, 2018
Shapiro fired back, “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.”
Fellow conservative: If you are interested at all in ‘crossing the aisle’ you should consider following @cjane87, @samharrisorg, and @BretWeinstein. I don’t agree with them on much but getting outside the echo chamber with data-driven people engaging in conversation is useful.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 19, 2018
Since apologizing, a different set of critics have mocked Duplass for being shamed into deleting the pro-Shapiro message.
It's a sad day in America when U R shamed 4 expressing an opinion. It's even more sad, when U don't stand behind that opinion because UR "friends" disagree with U. I'm a leftie who doesn't always agree with my friends, and vice versa, but I dont shame them! #bestronger
— Mandy June Turpin (@mandyjuneturpin) July 19, 2018
I never cared what your political views were, I love your work, unfortunately, now I’ve Lost all respect for you…you caved to the insane leftist mob mentality….that makes you weak and boring.
— RockPrincess (@Rockprincess818) July 20, 2018
Looks like Mark Duplass deleted the offending tweets. Good, but the damage is done. If anything, this'll remain a good lesson to rich white guys like himself, Stephen King, Jimmy Kimmel, et al to NOT BEFRIEND AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO BEFRIEND RACISTS B/C THEY WERE "nice to you."
— Hayley J. Armstrong (@FroPaz444) July 18, 2018
After all, Duplass is inexcusably both white and male, making him a racist.
This guy applauded Duplass’s open-minded instinct, but said conservative don’t deserve it.
But with that said, I appreciate and applaud your open minded instinct. I just don’t think American conservatives deserve it.
— Mantaur Fan (@MantaurFan) July 19, 2018
From the right, the reactions were disappointment.
At least have the guts to say you were bullied into this. We all saw it happen. Acting like this was just people giving you constructive criticism makes you look doubly worse. "People got so mad that I felt I had to take it back" is the only truthful thing you could have said.
— yokotaster (@neontaster) July 19, 2018
Steven Crowder – who interviewed Duplass in 2017, after the actor instigated a campaign to bring Trump supporters and Democrats into a single, honest conversation recalled that Duplass had done the same to him.
Don’t worry, @benshapiro. He did the exact same thing with me last year. Appeared twice, got gaslit by the left and acquiesced. It doesn’t matter how kind you are. https://t.co/Ellsx2bm0f https://t.co/SqeQJ3lwUn
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) July 19, 2018
Glenn Beck praised Duplass for at least attempting, if unsuccessfully, to seek unity.
I believe @MarkDuplass to be an honest decent man who is actually searching for unity. He has his belief as others have theirs but he knows by demonizing one another we will get nowhere. I will get all kinds of opinions about me saying nice things about Mark … 1 https://t.co/OQQ0d5LXNW
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) July 19, 2018
Taking a sharper tone, Eric Weinstein, the mathematician and economist who half-jokingly coined the term “Intellectual Dark Web,” highlighted what’s at stake with Duplass’ capitulation.
So @MarkDuplass, when you back down from standing for tolerance, you do intolerance a service.
Fellow liberals: follow my friend @benshapiro. Help me fight him on his "red-meat" left-baiting act, but stay for his big heart, sharp mind & real willingness to "cross the aisle." pic.twitter.com/17AiPWpvYL
— Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein) July 19, 2018
He also offered a challenge to Duplass and his angry followers.
Now, if those horrified by this will be so good as to send me all of the most outrageous things Ben has written in his long career, I will be happy to bring them up with Ben directly. I've already got the bad tweets about Trayvon Martin, Palestinians, transfer, etc..
— Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein) July 19, 2018
Could you imagine what they would have done to Duplass if he had said that in public, they would have lynched him.