Chris Evans, the Star Who Calls Trump “Moron” Starts Own Political Platform for “Respectful Discourse”
The Avengers star, Chris Evans, attempts to start his own political platform for “respectful” discourse was slammed by the media. Evans, who was known to brand Trump as a “moron,” “dunce,” and “meatball” seemed to contradict his earlier opinions in his attempts to reduce “partisanship” in politics.
His project, A Starting Point, is a video site that aims to give politicians on both sides a platform to share political issues such as immigration, gun control, and economy. However, while the site is not yet set to launch until later this year, it had already received major backlash.
Media outlets claimed that Evans’s attempt was naive and filled with ethical problems. In an interview with Wired Magazine, the media outlet wrote that A Starting Point will be “giving Americans a cheap seat on the kinds of conversations that are happening on Capitol Hill.”
Jonathan Albright, the director of the Digital Forensics Initiative at Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism told Wired that “The problem isn’t the lack of information. It’s the lack of interest.”
Albright added, “All of these fact-checking initiatives, all of this work that goes into trying to disambiguate issues or trying to reduce noise—people have no time. Some people care about politics, but those are not the people you need to reach.”
The Columbia Journalism Review also reported the underlying ethical dilemma of Evan’s project. “Fixing partisanship with partisan chit-chat is a bit like trying to cure diabetes with Skittles,” the article concluded. Evans’ site will likely just add to the partisan noise that has overtaken Twitter and Facebook,” the review wrote.
However, Evans defended his project and described it as a site which “reduce partisanship and promote respectful discourse,” as well as to encourage people to join politics.
For someone who advocates breaking political divisions, Evans seemed to contradict his earlier statement in which he openly admitted that he would have a hard time being friends with a Trump supporter.
“I really hope he’s not a Trump supporter. I’m just hoping he’s one of those guys that maybe supported him and now regrets it,” Evans referred to the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Evans also said that he cannot keep silent against the “dumb shit” President Donald Trump, even if it meant alienating his audience. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the star said, “You don’t want to alienate half your audience. But I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t speak up. Especially for fear of some monetary repercussion or career damage—that just feels really gross to me.”
The Hollywood Reporter added that Evans was also aware of his white male privilege and admits that he is benefitting from such stereotype:
“Evans has a platform and he’s using it. But like a lot of straight white men seeking to consciously and conscientiously navigate a tumultuous moment in the history of straight white male-dom, he’s learned that shutting up is important, too. At Slate’s urging, he read Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All Questions, a collection of essays about the insidious side effects of patriarchy, and took away a great deal. “You have to understand that you don’t understand,” he says. It’s not the most action-heroish way to look at things—but that may be the secret of his appeal as a movie star.”