The Ethics of Chris Evans
At least according to me.
As a storyteller, I am often inspired by real-life current events. And honestly, nothing seems more inspiring right now, than our current media-entertainment-politics mash-up that’s been happening for years, across every form of media that there is.
Which brings me to the thespian Chris Evans, and his recent attempts to launch an American political career.
You see, after I found out about Marvel and DC using their children’s heroes to promote Hershey’s African child slave labor chocolate – I did a bit of research into the different children’s ‘heroes’ who are silently letting it happen.
And well, Chris Evans stood out in a big way for many reasons - many of which I will outline below.
And, it is because of this year-long observation of his online social media presence, that I now feel I can adequately outline some very serious concerns – we should all have, about not only this man’s agenda, but also the agenda of the people who are pulling his proverbial strings.
However, since I don’t know the man - and can’t attest to any of his personal motives - I’m basing this entire article on the very observable actions Chris Evans has, and hasn't, taken. And nothing more.
Yet; I believe it’s quite enough to get a clear picture of the man, and just what he stands for, at least in my opinion.
Here are some observable facts:
Mr. Evans has had his personal Twitter account since May of 2012 and in all of that time he has ‘liked’ zero tweets. (People generally ‘like’ Tweets that make them feel good.)
Also, since May of 2012 Mr. Evans has found only seven hundred, or so, accounts he deems worthy of his time and attention. Despite the fact that there are more than 150 million Twitter users worldwide. And despite the fact he is personally followed by over 15 million folks.
And, of the seven hundred, or so, accounts that Mr. Evans has deemed worthy of a follow – the clear majority have been verified (BV), and have a blue checkmark.
On Twitter, he identifies himself in his bio with only the name of his political website – which is loaded with tracking cookies, BTW.
And his Twitter avi… well, at the time of printing… it’s still just a cold and impersonal plea to get you to vote.
Of course, he used Dodger as his banner, because there is no better way to humanize the empty face-plate of a public persona than through the use of a dog. I mean, who doesn’t just love a good dog, right?
So, who is Chris Evans?
Well, I have no friggen clue, as it turns out. And neither will anyone else who is only given his social media to figure it out.
However, it is possible – through viewing his social media to figure out what he is not.
Therefore, the ethics of Chris Evans is not all that hard to extrapolate, in my opinion.
Especially when you consider the fact: People Front That Which Is Most Important to Them.
You see, Chris is not personal. Nor is he open, or sharing of his inner thought processes. He is closed down and restricted in all areas of his personal life. So, again, I looked at what he isn’t.
For starters, Chris isn’t fighting for equality within his own industry. In fact, during his twenty-five-year working history in Hollywood there has been no evidence he has actively made a difference in the numbers of working females, POC, or LGBT. And all of this - in the most sexist and racist industry in the world.
In fact, during his time in this industry we’ve seen it actually stagnate for those already marginalized individuals. While at the same time the increases in pay for people that look just like him (the white-male-majority) skyrocketed.
“Everything that Marvel does, it's a chess move. Nothing is by accident.”
Nor is he standing up for the type and quality of stories being offered to women or any marginalized group.
In fact, he was more than happy to use a hundred-year-old mother of three as a prop in his movie “Knives Out”. Go ahead, ask him who was looking after Nana. Ask him why she was left to sit alone all night, ask him why nobody gave a shit about Nana.
Then ask Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, and Rian Johnson – because they all overlooked a hundred-year-old woman in order to tell a story about her son.
I mean… literally overlooked her entire character as if being a woman made that alright. As if no one would even notice, or ask about the old woman sitting in the window at two am. (Because they were right – no one except me seems bothered by the fact that womanhood – even motherhood marks someone out as being inconsequential to a story.)
But the simple truth is… people don’t write and tell these kinds of stories – where women (and 100-year-old mothers) are used purely as props – unless they don’t actually acknowledge ‘certain’ people as humans.
Let’s call this the ‘disease of indifference’. (A disease that has clearly infected the majority of our ‘social elites’.)
Please note: for the sake of this article, I’ll be using Brenda Morales’ definition of indifference:
"Indifference is the complete opposite of social commitment. A person becomes indifferent to another because the feeling of responsibility and respect towards humanity doesn’t mean anything to him anymore."
Chris didn’t have an issue with the great-grandmother of his character being seen as an object, because her needs didn’t mean anything to him. Because when you really think about it, the meat and metal of what being a real woman is, was rendered valueless and totally invisible by everyone who participated in the “Knives Out” movie.
Here’s another example of Chris’ indifference:
"I think diamonds represent luxury, indulgence, and class."
“What do I geek out about? What am I? Hmmm.
I love movies. I watch movies. I like big, sweeping epics,
like Ed Zwick stuff: 'The Last Samurai,' 'Legends of the Fall,'
'Blood Diamond,' 'Glory.'”
Chris knows diamonds are purely the product of slavery, and yet he doesn’t equate a loss of luxury, or value, or meaning of class to them because of it.
Just like he knows Captain America has been used for years to sell candy that was only made possible through the slavery of millions of African children. Chris knows his children’s hero is being used to sell African-child-slave-labor chocolate to your kids – and still… he isn’t speaking up about it.
“The simple fact that they have to be elected to stay in office. People want to say, ‘I’m going to go to D. C. to be a politician, and I’m going to live by my morals and principles, and everything will be okay.’ But once you’re there, you have to start playing this weird game of chess; you have to start measuring whether the juice is worth the squeeze. It starts with little compromises and justifications, and before you know it . . .”
Chris Evans knows his industry is corrupt, he just doesn’t care – that’s why he keeps pointing his long finger OVER THERE. “Look at all those troubles over there – that I didn’t cause, that I’m not silently partaking in, that I’m not benefiting by the millions from.” He might as well be saying.
“If I'm acting at all, it's going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing. I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do.”
He just wants to be your next Senator.
*It’s important to keep in mind who pays Chris’ wages.
He also wants to use the credentials of a fake hero to get there.
And yet, has anyone seen the man genuinely act heroically? I mean, he continues to benefit from the most sexist and racist industry in the world, and yet he openly preaches ‘equality’.
But let’s just face it… THAT kind of HYPOCRISY is something we all have to stop overlooking.
“I don't know any form of art or entertainment
that can affect people the way movies can.
I know it sounds ridiculous,
but they can change your world.
They can change your views."
The truth is, the media is blending entertainment - with news - with politics - in a way that’s never happened before.
And through doing this the NEW MEDIA validates false credentials, and empowers based on outside appearances and ‘social hits’.
Think about it this way, by showing us the opinions of Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans in equal measure with global policy makers and leaders, we are being artificially ‘trained’ to hear their voices with the same weight.
And that’s because the media conglomerates have a vested interest in creating celebrities that can promote and even manufacture a product for mass consumption.
And sometimes that ‘product’ is the ‘truth’ as they want you to see it.
This is done through celebrity gossip, as well as overtly commercial ventures. This way they control both sides of the celebrity’s public image; though both are false narratives, that only represent a snapshot of the brand at any given time - as this fluctuates with the needs of the buyer of the celebrity’s services.
And that’s why we have a very public ranking system for our celebrities (A-list, B-list, etc.).
Because the media needs to have a way to keep the ‘merit-making’ celebrities in control.
But once they have an A-list celeb willing to be ‘squeezed’ - they use that celebrity to create, and reinforce a very harsh class-system within our society.
And celebrities like Chris Evans participate in this wholeheartedly, because they’ve bought into the idea that they are somehow more relevant, more educated, more talented, more proper, and therefore more deserving… because they have garnered more attention. One way or the other.
Unfortunately (and the media is well aware of this BTW), ‘celebrity’ and ‘fame’ is how today’s youth create their basic value-forming ideals.
Just talk to any kid - and they’ll tell you. They know all of the famous people – and hardly any actual heroes. Odd that… considering our society’s current fascination with the hero concept. Anyhoo…
There is no other vehicle in the world where one can rise to such a viable status of power and authority than via ‘fame’.
And yet, there is no talent, intelligence or industriousness required these days to attain fame.
I mean, what are Chris’ actual credentials for informing our young college students on politics? Other than his willingness to play ball like a politician?
Value-formation is actually a super tender subject when it comes to kids, especially the girls in our society – especially given their marginalized history in the stories that have come out of Hollywood. I mean, a female actress is more likely to get pretend-raped now – than at any other time in history.
And yet… Chris Evans is not sending supportive value-forming messages to our females.
And this can be proven by his total disregard for those people who don’t have a blue checkmark (BV).
Because the hard-fact is that most women today, especially young women, are in service-oriented jobs, and therefore unlikely to have a blue checkmark, and therefore unlikely to be followed by Chris.
In fact, judging by those he does choose to follow, it is highly unlikely Chris follows many (if any) people outside of his own socio-economic group.
And as far as I’m concerned, this is just more proof that he is not interested in gaining a greater awareness, as he does not expand his own learning horizons to those he has deemed as ‘underserving’ of his time and attention.
And when you really look at it – it’s easy to see that all of his supposed ‘moral outrage’ is, in-truth limited only to the things he knows he can’t control.
Things he isn’t secretly benefiting from, like the blatant sexism, and racism in his own industry. Or, Marvel’s deal with Hershey’s – which utilizes millions of African Child Slaves to harvest their cocoa.
In fact, we only hear Mr. Evans complain if the message will reinforce his perceived social class and position of authority.
“But one thing I’m really trying
to stay away from is declaring,
‘This is what’s wrong with today.’”
In my opinion, Mr. Evans use of his social media platforms strictly to promote a political agenda, is proof enough that his true desire is to claim a position of authority.
And yet, these ‘celebrity professionals’ are a huge problem, because their voices are often amplified (by the money-drenched and heavily biased media) to such an extent as to drown out the opinions of more educated and more independently thinking people.
Just like the movie industry keeps hiring the same three black guys for all the token black roles.
(Sorry Samuel L. Jackson – if the truth hurts – but if you hadn’t been so eager to take every single job offered to you – they might have had to introduce more black faces, thereby making it easier for them to get roles later on. But you got the money and the fame. And the people who pay you got to limit the impact of black voices – for the past forty years.)
The hard truth of the matter is this: if it’s not part of the media-branded message then it now gets lost in the sea of noise that is the internet. And only ‘branded messages’, that are constantly being reaffirmed by the bought-and-paid-for celebrity endorsers are heard by the masses.
But make no mistake, these ‘celebrities’ are just fodder for their bosses. As their bodies and souls are cut up and auctioned off bit-by-bit with each role, each endorsement, and each compromise they make.
So, they are certainly not going to be personal winners, which I define as someone who can claim self-actualization. Because in-truth, these celebrity ‘merit-makers’ live in a constant state of fear that their ‘value’ will change.
That’s why Mr. Evans can’t ‘like’ a tweet. (At least in my opinion.)
Because he lives in a constant state of fear that he will say or do the wrong thing, make the wrong association, be seen in a different light – and then suddenly his value will change.
Sadly, this wouldn’t (couldn’t) happen if he valued the ordinary human condition – instead of seeing it as a state of ‘lesser-than’, to be risen above, or to be looked down upon and made fun of.
This is also why celebrities like Mr. Evans continue to participate in what I call ‘Top-Down Charity” – whereby they (the upper-class celebrities) get to exploit problems affecting ‘normal people’ – while at the same time holding a position of total indifference regarding the social injustices they continue to personally benefit from within their own industry.
(Like taking Hershey’s child slave money.)
By forcing their ‘fan base’ to focus on ‘helping some poor less fortunate’ they change the narrative away from ‘I’m taking advantage of the women and POC in my industry - all of the time – in order to make vastly larger sums of money than they do’, to ‘Let’s all focus on these poor black kids in Africa’ (Sound about right Ben Affleck?)
These perverse ‘Top-Down Charities’ also have the effect of creating a ‘benevolent celebrity class’ – and by placing themselves into this different class – this ‘controlling class’ – the celebrities now feel they have further reason to distance themselves, and to judge the so-called ‘normal people’.
‘Fan Culture’ is another name for it. When a person believes their community is made up of just ‘peers’ and ‘fans’.
“Fan Culture’ allows for extreme excesses within the ‘celebrity realm’ and routinely makes excuses for their shitty-ass behavior.
“Fan culture’ is a tool used by narcissistic overlords who attempt to maintain a false sense of control through the manipulation of ‘social class’ via their use of power.
Celebrities wield this power by choosing whom to acknowledge with legitimacy, and whom to deem beneath them.
This also reinforces the ‘celebrity class structure’ that artificially inflates their opinions on grander issues, even though their actions may be (and often are) in direct opposition to their words.”
And still… we take them at their word. (Such a disgusting pattern.)
And let’s just face it, celebrity culture is ubiquitous with social media – because that is how they demonstrate their ‘value’ as it pertains to the rest of society – the rest of us.
And Mr. Evans clearly utilizes his social media to express a great deal of contempt without explanation, or example, especially from his own life.
And, quite frankly, he doesn’t feel any need to ‘put up - or shut up’ - because the media has given him the credentials to not have to do so.
And so… Mr. Evans feels entitled to judge – not only because the media emboldens him - but because they also endorse him. Endorse him based on fake credentials and opinions - that he’s not been asked to back up with any real action.
And around and around we go.
But make no mistake, though his allegiances and judgments are communicated passively, and with a great deal of care and consideration, he continues to make them time-and again. Again and again, reinforcing his choice of a meritocracy-based society. Reinforcing again and again - that ‘celebrity’ means more than ‘non-celebrity’.
Because through his use of his social media platforms, Mr. Evans continues to contribute to the formation of a ‘social class hierarchy’, and a system whereby some people are deemed more deserving than others, and where some people have more credit when it comes to speaking up, for not only themselves but for others as well.
He continues to reinforce that some peoples’ time is more ‘valuable’ because they have become false whitewashed versions of themselves - versions which are more palatable for mass consumption. (Which basically means they can never offer any real threat to the status quo.)
And honestly, I don’t think people like Mr. Evans, who can use a hundred-year-old great-grandmother as a movie prop (where her entire life was rendered basically meaningless), can see the value in himself, or in you.
Because he is a merit-based human, where merit equals value. And the merits he holds dear are the superficial ones of wealth, formal education, status, and materialism. And in that hierarchy, there’s simply no place for grandmas or mothers who only ever raised children.
People like Mr. Evans say they ‘see your value’, and yet… they simply don’t demonstrate holding value for the common man and woman.
They say they ‘believe in morals’, but often they act in direct opposition to those morals on a very regular basis.
And quite honestly, the fact is Mr. Evans continues to work and make his money in the most racists and sexist industry in the United States – and THAT should be regarded as a primary red flag.
Because until he spends more time cleaning up is own industry than he does trying to use a false hero’s credentials to worm his way into a political career, nothing he says should be taken seriously.
I mean… you simply can’t continue to benefit from inequality, while at the same time saying you stand for equality.
At least not anymore.
“The bar is so low that literally I did a normal thing,
like on par with saying ‘God bless you’ when somebody sneezes,
and people thought it was—I don’t know.”
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