One of the most difficult things to accept about celebrities in any field who opine loudly on social media or in their TV interviews (think Ellen Page recently breaking down on Kimmel about Jussie Smollett and blaming VP Pence for the attack) is that they tend to be misinformed or less informed, no matter on which side of the political spectrum they fall.
It’s equivalent to how public figures probably feel when some Twitter troll says they can’t play baseball or that they never should have been cast in a particular film. The average person doesn’t know much about their industry, and so it’s grating for them to have very strong (sometimes outright unkind) opinions on things they know so little about. It’s similar for people who work in and around politics (or even simply immerse themselves in the subject to write intelligently about it). Celebrity opinions trashing this politician or that policy idea can be equally frustrating.
So when a celebrity actually makes an attempt to learn something about politics — particularly if that celebrity is known to express political opinions, and even more so when that celebrity reaches across the partisan aisle and attempts to gather information he may not agree with — it’s a fairly special occasion.
That’s exactly what Chris Evans, Captain America himself, tried to do Friday evening by visiting several lawmakers, from both sides of the aisle, on The Hill in Washington, D.C.
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) March 8, 2019
Honor to meet you, sir. Thank you for taking the time. And if you repeat the secrets I told you about Endgame, Marvel will make sure we BOTH turn to dust. https://t.co/VfAsKpwOaK
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 5, 2019
Great time on the hill today meeting with @ChrisEvans. I shared with him my view on the importance of free trade, and he shared with me his desire to educate the public on the most important issues. It's amazing how much we can learn from each other if we're willing to listen. pic.twitter.com/P3xejbkrPX
— Rep. Kevin Brady (@RepKevinBrady) March 8, 2019
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 8, 2019
— Chris Evans USA 🇺🇸 Dodger’s best friend’s fan. (@ChrisEvans_USA) March 8, 2019
— emma (@dchrisevans) March 8, 2019
Enjoyed talking with @chrisevans as @VAChair about how we’re leading the way in bipartisanship in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to ensure our veterans receive the best care. #CaptainAmerica and I also discussed why trade relationships with our neighbors is vital. pic.twitter.com/GxU6iHHXpN
— Johnny Isakson (@SenatorIsakson) March 7, 2019
Evans has been known to use his Twitter feed to discuss politics, and generally tends to run afoul of conservatives’ policy ideas. He’s even been known to poke the bear in the White House without shame.
The “Avengers” actor has been outspoken about politics on his Twitter account, and has confronted former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke in his timeline. Evans talked to Esquire about why he chooses to be so openly political and his thoughts on President Trump’s election.
“I feel rage,” he told the magazine of his reaction to the new administration. “I feel fury. It’s unbelievable. People were just so desperate to hear someone say that someone is to blame. They were just so happy to hear that someone was angry. Hear someone say that Washington sucks. They just want something new without actually understanding. I mean, guys like Steve Bannon — Steve Bannon! — this man has no place in politics.”
And Evans has certainly come to the attention of conservatives for being a bit too woke for his own good.
Actually we called our country a melting pot. It means that we took the best parts of world cultures and made them our own, we didn’t invite people to come here and identify as separated or hyphenated Americans. We are supposed to be E Pluribus Unum, no E Pluribus Pluribus! https://t.co/S2kgtHDkf8
— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) September 11, 2018
But you have to give the guy credit. He may not come away from a meeting with Sen. Tim Scott agreeing on the right approach to tackling poverty in America, but at least he’ll be making more of an educated decision going forward (and I’d be willing to bet his opinions soften quite a bit regarding conservative policy. That tends to happen when you learn the “whys” of things).
It’s a whole lot more than the Kathy Griffins or Jimmy Kimmels of the world are willing to do. And it’s commendable.