Jesse Eisenberg has been the subject of many news articles this week after he compared his experience at Comic-Con International to “some kind of genocide.”
Now, we know he only used that phrase to express his dislike of the press event, but he probably could have picked less offensive wording!
Many fans are upset that he would compare the serious and incredibly horrific crime of genocide, to a crowd of adoring comic book fans. To be honest, we’re a little bit disappointed in him as well.
However, the Social Network actor has clarified his words at least twice since the incident occurred.
He originally made the ‘genocide’ comment to the Associated Press, so he went back to them to amend his statement. The Associated Press reported that in his interview with his The End of the Tour costar Jason Segel, Eisenberg tried to elaborate on what he was feeling towards his Comic-Con experience.
The actor clarified, “Maybe on some cellular memory level, [genocide’s] the only thing that seems like an equivalent social experience.”
Comic-Con doesn’t seem like the same kind of “social experience” as war, in our minds, but Eisenberg continued, “Even if [fans] are saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it’s horrifying.”
Then, when the Zombieland actor spoke to the Associated Press for the third time he said, “I, of course, was using hyperbole to describe the sensory overload I experienced.”
Okay, we get it. A large group of people screaming at him may not be Jesse Eisenberg’s favorite thing.
But, come on! Everybody there was cheering for him out of excitement for his upcoming film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He’s playing the famous villain Lex Luther!
They all want to hug him, not harm him.
Although, apparently the actor realized later that he was coming off as ungrateful, because he clarified once again, “it was really an honor to be on that end of such jubilation.”
It’s about time!