Captain Un-America

None of us expect much from Hollywood anymore. They’ve proven that they’re about as un-American as you can possibly get as they insult half the country and do everything in their power to proclaim a legitimate president to be illegitimate simply because they still can’t figure out how the electoral college works and has always worked. But it’s time to do more than just be disgusted. It’s time to stop giving them your money. Actions speak louder than words.

From actor Chris Evans (Captain America) to director Joss Whedon, the Marvel Comics franchise is committing harikari in the most unbecoming of ways: through unapologetic, partisan bashing of a democratically elected president they can’t stand.

Evans has expressed deep contempt for what he considers to be in the ignorant masses of Americans that voted Donald Trump into the White House. These are, however, the very masses that make up the core viewership of Marvel’s superhero movies.

“People were just so desperate to hear someone say that someone is to blame,” Evans said in a recent interview with Esquire magazine. “They were just so happy to hear that someone was angry, hear someone say that Washington sucks.”

“I feel rage,” he said. “I feel fury. It’s unbelievable.”

“They just want something new without actually understanding,” he continued. “I mean, guys like Steve Bannon — Steve Bannon! — this man has no place in politics.”

Evans’ trolling of Trump on Twitter seems more an obsession than a pastime, and the actor seems to blame the President for all of the country’s woes.

Chris Evans Retweeted CNN
They did not die because of you. They died because of a hateful, ignorant, pathetic, EMBOLDENED piece of trash.

Chris Evans
@ChrisEvans

Unacceptable. This man disgusts me. If you dont think Trump has played a role in this unapologetic wave of ignorance and hate, you are WRONG

Chris Evans
@ChrisEvans

This administration LOVES to distract. This will only make it harder for women to stay healthy. Government $ can’t be spent on abortions.

Of course, no one expects Hollywood actors to be intellectually sophisticated, but to have them try to infect Americans with their own ignorant bigotry is really a bridge too far.

In large part, the bizarre rants the Marvel folks carry out on Twitter and elsewhere are abortion driven. Spitting in the face of their conservative fan base that is overwhelmingly pro-life, Whedon and Evans, along with other Marvel stars such as Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), fawn over Planned Parenthood while painting abortion foes as backward and unenlightened.

“As most of you know, Planned Parenthood has been under attack for many years now for another service they thankfully offer, providing a safe place for legal abortions,” Johansson said during a Variety luncheon last year. “A woman’s right to choose what to do with her body shouldn’t just be a woman’s rights issue. It’s the year 2016, and this is a human rights issue.”

Whedon recently went so far as to produce a short video panegyric to Planned Parenthood, calling America’s largest abortion provider a “beacon of hope” for the nation, while imagining how horrible life would be without Planned Parenthood to eliminate the unintended consequences of sexual libertinism.

Why actors and filmmakers feel an irresistible urge to allow partisan politics to get in the way of their craft is a mystery, but whatever their motives such unrestraint often has consequences.

It’s only a matter of time before Marvel’s fan base calls them out for their hypocrisy. Un-American anti-heroes are not what patriots pay to see.

I can see the next Avengers movie not doing as great as the previous ones. And the upcoming Captain America movie as well. Doesn’t really help to fill up movie theater seats when you spend your time on social media bashing half the country and telling them they’re ignorant simply because they feel as though they’ve been shit on by previous establishments. 

It goes without saying that I’ve never seen right wingers behave this way. Even when Obama won two terms, I never saw a single right winger lash out in the way I’ve seen liberals in previous months. And last night with Kathy Griffin’s now infamous video of her holding Donald Trump’s severed head and CNN’s refusal to fire her, we get an even clearer glimpse of what life would have been like if liberals won the election. There will be no 2018 blue wave. If anything, their situation will be even worse.

It’s fine to disagree with the current state of politics. People have their options and if they don’t want to read my material because I’m open with my use of the word shitlibs and my right wing opinions, that’s their prerogative. But I’m responsible for me. No one else. Joss Whedon and Chris Evans are responsible for the jobs of thousands of other people. When they voice an opinion, it affects the studio, their agents, their producers, their filmers, their screenwriters…even those who do the catering for those working on a film set. Thousands of people are employed to allow them to do their job. And when they openly disgrace themselves in this way, they put those jobs on the line with every single word. It’s not only disrespectful, it’s downright irresponsible.

This previous weekend opening of Pirates and other films turned out to be one of the worst weekend openings in recent decades. If anything, this proves that we fly over states will give our money to those we see worthy of it. And if Hollywood doesn’t get the message and doubles down, it will only hurt them and those they employ that much more.

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