Paul Walter Hauser had an explosive online breakdown Monday night, threatening to break people’s limbs as he went on an insane diatribe against cancel culture before deleting his Twitter account completely.
The Cobra Kai actor’s downward spiral was prompted by a recent New York Times story in which the publication’s film reviewers Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott identified who they feel should be nominated for this year’s Academy Awards.
Several foreign names and female-directed films were predicted, including Drive My Car by Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Rebecca Hall’s Passing, and The Souvenir Part II by British filmmaker Joanna Hogg.
The 35-year-old actor, however, was unimpressed, complaining about the reviewers’ choices in a series of since-deleted tweets and apparently going so far as to term the list crazy.
Hauser’s major concern seems to be that the forecasts contained too many international films and female directors while leaving out more mainstream films like King Richard and Licorice Pizza.
When fans chastised Hauser for his poor performance, which came out as sexist and xenophobic, he retaliated by accusing them of attempting to cancel him and threatening to break their arms.
“Twitter needs to go shut the fuck up or come say it to my face in public and see how fun it is to wipe their ass with a broken arm,” he stated, adding that he feels his legitimate critique did not render him unsuitable for women or outsiders.
Some attempted to coax Hauser down from his ledge, telling him he was “better than this,” but Hauser was having none of it, stating, “No, no, I’m not.”