It was the mere suggestion that his fellow liberals should listen and seek to hear out to the ideas of conservatives that landed actor Mark Duplass in major hot water on Twitter.
“Fellow liberals: If you are interested at all in ‘crossing the aisle’ you should consider following Ben Shapiro,” Duplass tweeted, adding that Shapiro had once helped him for “no other reason than to be nice” and that his “intentions are good.”
The actor’s tweet ignited a firestorm on Twitter from liberals on the platform.
This prompted “The League” actor to delete the tweet and issue an apology on the platform.
Calling his original tweet a “disaster on many levels,” Duplass said, “I want to be clear that I in no way endorse hatred, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, or any such form of intolerance. My goal has always been to spread unity, understanding and kindness.”
Saying that he believes “deeply in bi-partisan understanding,” Duplass said he would “continue to do [his] best to promote peace and decency in the world right now.”
“I am going to make mistakes along the way,” he said. “Sometimes I move too quickly when I get excited, or fail to do enough research, or I don’t communicant myself clearly. I’m really sorry. I now understand that I have to be more diligent and careful. I’m working on that.”
Shapiro also weighed in on the controversy:
A version of this article originally appeared on The Daily Signal website, under the headline, “Actor Apologizes for Telling Liberals to Follow Ben Shapiro.”
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