For “empathetic citizens.”
Chris Evans, star of the highly successful Captain America franchise, isn’t shy about sharing his political beliefs. He’s a very liberal celebrity who speaks out constantly about politics.
Given that Avengers: Endgame is (supposedly) his final appearance as the character, he’s focusing on his post-Marvel career.
In a series of interviews this past week, he suggested he’s going to be starting up a new political website for “empathetic citizens.”
From the Washington Examiner:
There is no launch date yet for the website, called A Starting Point, which Evans co-founded with fellow actor Mark Kassan and entrepreneur Joe Kiani, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The “Captain America” star has been to Capitol Hill to conduct interviews for the website with Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Chris Coons, D-Del., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as well as lawmakers in the House.
Evans campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and is a vocal detractor of President Trump, but says he has not yet decided on a 2020 candidate to back.
“You don’t want to alienate half your audience,” Evans said. “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.”
Evans’ uncle is Mike Capuano, a former Democratic representative from Massachusetts who was defeated in a primary in 2018.
Despite the fact that he’s apparently never met Tom Brady, he’s threatening to now publicly distance himself from the football legend should it turn out Brady still supports Trump. Little more than virtue signalling. He’s already discussed an unwillingness to make friends with Trump Supporters.
None of this seems to have bothered Disney or Marvel Studios who have largely downplayed the actual politics of their movie franchises. Even while their actors and crew like Mark Ruffalo, James Gunn, and Brie Larson run their mouths about contentious political topics, Disney stays out of it, at least publicly.
Back in 2013, Chris Evans and Ben Shapiro famously got into a spat on Twitter in which he tweeted “I genuinely dislike Ben Shapiro.”
I genuinely dislike @benshapiro
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 3, 2013
Ben Shapiro, being Ben Shapiro, wonderfully trolled Evans by making the Tweet the only tweet in the history of his timeline that he’s liked.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 15, 2017
Despite this, Evans has maintained a solid image as one of Disney’s biggest stars, a good guy who does tons of charity work. Considering how much of his goodwill has come from his on-screen persona as Steve Rogers/Captain America, he’s often addressed as though he was the character. As such, there’s plenty of room for breaking people’s hearts.
Chris is well within his rights to start a political website if he wants to but the immediate effect it could have on his post-Marvel reputation could be severe. His most famous character is a symbol for American pride and virtue. While it’s not new for actors or writers to disabuse the character for hamfisted political statements, it would be a shame if the actor portraying one of his most famous incarnations became a symbol for political hostility.DONATE
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