Jesse Eisenberg Clarifies “Genocide” Comments

by Jamie Robinson
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23:  Actor Jesse Eisenberg attends the "Now You See Me" - Los Angeles Special Screening at ArcLight Hollywood on May 23, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)

When asked about what he thought of his San Diego Comic Con experience, Lex Luthor actor Jesse Eisenberg compared the event to a “genocide.” As one can imagine, this sparked a furor online, by many fans who were confused and disturbed by Eisenberg’s remarks.
“It is like being screamed at by thousands of people. I don’t know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide. I can’t think of anything that’s equivalent,” Eisenberg originally said.
During an interview for his new film, The End of the Tour, Eisenberg clarified his remarks:
“Maybe on some cellular memory level, that’s the only thing that seems like an equivalent social experience, Even if they’re saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it’s horrifying.”
He further explained to the Associated Press:
“I of course was using hyperbole to describe the sensory overload I experienced. I sometimes do employ that. I’m a normal person who has normal sensory experiences, so Comic-Con was very overwhelming for me. That said, it was really an honor to be on that end of such jubilation.”
Eisenberg further added it was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the fans for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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