Seth Rogen was slammed after dismissing car break-ins in LA as part-and-parcel of living in the city – as its revealed his property portfolio includes two very secure properties.
Rogen, 39, who owned a secure $2.5 million home in West Hollywood and currently lives in a $8 million ranch house in Hollywood Hills, told Casey Neistat that crime was just part of ‘living in a big city.’
Neistat, 40, who used to be a prominent YouTuber in New York before moving to the West Coast, took to Twitter on Wednesday to tell his followers that ‘our cars got robbed,’ and blamed the city for being a ‘crime riddled 3rd world s**thole of a city.’
This caught the attention of Rogan, whose previous home was outfitted with steel gates and surveillance cameras, to tweet: ‘Dude I’ve lived here for over 20 years. You’re nuts haha. It’s lovely here. Don’t leave anything valuable in it. It’s called living in a big city.’
Rogen owned two West Hollywood homes, once of which was sold last year. The other features a tall steel gate and a sign warning locals it has surveillance cameras to deter crime.
Meanwhile, Rogen also owns a huge 10 acre ranch in a gated neighborhood in Nichols Canyon in the Hollywood Hills, where petty theft such as the car break-in he airily dismissed is unlikely to be a problem.
The 10-acre ranch includes a guesthouse, a sporting court, swimming pool and a nature trail with views of two streams and a waterfall, the LA Times reported.
Many on Twitter called out Rogen for victim shaming Neistat and called the actor ‘out of touch’ as crime rates soared in LA and California through an ongoing series of brazen daylight robberies.
Actor Seth Rogen, 39, caught slack on Twitter after dismissing YouTuber Casey Neistat, who got his car robbed
Rogan was lived for more than 20 years in Los Angeles. His most recent West Hollywood home is worth about $2.5 million when he sold it in 2020
The home featured large steel gates, with a sign also warning locals they’re being watched by a surveillance camera
The $2.5 million house features three full baths. Rogen originally purchased the home in 2016
The actor bought the home for $1 million less than its current value. It has four large bedrooms
The expensive home also had a large background grotto, complete with a firepit
Neistat later reported that his seven-year-old daughter’s birthday party decorations were stolen from his car and that the looter left ‘bloody hand prints’ on his vehicle. It is unclear what caused the looter to bleed.
The YouTuber – who estimated to be worth $16million, according to Wealthy Gorilla – jokingly asked the Neighbors actor if he ‘can still be mad tho’ before saying he felt ‘so violated.’
Rogen replied: ‘You can be mad but I guess I don’t personally view my car as an extension of myself and I’ve never really felt violated any of the 15 or so times my car was broken in to. Once a guy accidentally left a cool knife in my car so if it keeps happening you might get a little treat.’
The funny guy – who is worth an estimated $80million, according to celebritynetworth.com – caught slack, not only from the influencer himself, but also from fans alike for his ‘privileged’ comment.
Neistat called out the actor, saying he ‘didn’t get any treats.’
Rogen (pictured at the Vulture Festival earlier this month) also admitted he had his car broken into at least 15 times since living in the city and told Neistat to not ‘leave anything valuable in it’
The pair had a lengthy exchange on Twitter
Twitter user Cathy Young called wrote: ‘You know, people talk about how this or that statement embodies ‘privilege,’ and 95% of the time it’s total bulls***, but this… yeah.’
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘HAHAHAHA I wish I could live such a carefree existence,’ in response to Rogen not viewing his car as an ‘extension of myself.’
Other’s encouraged ‘cancelling’ the actor while other pointed out his immense wealth.
Rogen also said he enjoyed private messages haters
Daily Caller reporter Dylan Housman called out Rogen’s wealth: ‘Multi-millionaire celebrity explains to you why having your car broken into isn’t a big deal and you should just get over it.’
Writer Katherine Brodsky also called out Rogen’s insensitive comment, writing: ‘It may not be a huge deal to someone with tremendous wealth, but it certainly is for someone who’s struggling.’
Others called it a ‘bad take’ as crime, especially aggravated assault and burglary, are on the rise across major cities.
‘Bad take,’ one wrote. ‘”It’s called living in a big city” shouldn’t be used to dismiss the rise in crime.’
It seems not all those were against Rogen’s ‘privileged’ comment.
User Kristen McPike remarked how she had her car ‘stolen in Hollywood’ and ‘sometimes you just gotta roll with it.’
‘Had my car stolen in Hollywood. They found it in Inglewood a couple days later,’ she wrote. ‘Someone took it for a joy ride to a Rams game. LA is just one big ‘ol adventure all of the time. Sometimes you just gotta roll with it.’
The star didn’t let hatred get to him too much, as he wrote on Wednesday: ‘A lot of people come at me and talk s**T on Twitter hoping I’ll engage with them publicly and give them attention, but instead I DM them and tell them to go f**k themselves privately. It’s a lot more fun.’
However, Neistat didn’t let it slide that Rogen revealed he had been burglarized 15 or more times, asking: ‘Serious question; how did you get your car broken into 15 times?’
Rogen replied: ‘I lived in West Hollywood for 20 years and parked on the street.’
Rogen received a lot of hate over his ‘privileged’ comment, with many calling out his immense wealth. The actor is worth an estimated $80million
More than 10,000 burglaries have occurred in Los Angeles since the start of 2021 and motor vehicle theft is up almost 10 per cent. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the increase in robberies is due to the availability of handguns.
‘The number of handguns that are in the streets today — you’d have to go back probably at least a decade or more to find this level,’ Moore said.
Homicide, rape, and aggravated assault are also up in Los Angeles.
Other cities like New York and Chicago are also experiencing rises in violent crimes.
On Wednesday, a looting gang targeted an LA Nordstrom ahead of Thanksgiving, making off with eight luxury handbags and assaulting a cop – the latest in a string of smash-and-grab raids to plague California.
Five people, one wearing an orange wig, entered the open store in Canoga Park shortly before 7pm on Wednesday and sprayed a security guard with ‘some kind of chemical’ in front of terrified shoppers, police said.
The thieves sped off and managed to escape with thousands of dollars worth of handbags despite multiple police cruisers, as well as fire trucks and ambulances, responding to the raid.
It is the eighth smash-and-grab robbery in California in the last week where thieves have made off with tens of thousands of dollars in luxury goods, amid soft misdemeanor theft laws in the Democrat-run state.
In July, LA cut $150million from the LAPD’s budget following the death of George Floyd. The city funneled the money into social services, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In August, the LAPD reported it had 300 positions open and had around 500 fewer officers are duty than the year prior, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. The police department is still looking to fill 94 positions, Moore said.
However, as of Wednesday, the LAPD will receive a $213million increase to their budget next year, which would likely raise staffing levels, the Los Angeles Times reported.