Why Captain America Hates Me

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


Avengers teaser Captain America Chris EvansChris Evans, the star of Captain America and The Avengers, tweeted at me this week after my appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN. His tweet: “I genuinely dislike @benshapiro.” To which I promptly tweeted back, “I don’t dislike @chrisevans. We can disagree on politics, agree that The Fantastic Four is a terrible movie, and still like each other.”

But Evans’ tweet says a lot about the state of Hollywood these days. If you disagree with someone’s political views, that means they are unpalatable as human beings in Tinseltown. That’s how blacklists get started – informally, off the books. Social clubs form, and if you don’t believe the typical liberal line on politics ranging from war to same-sex marriage to abortion, you’ll be stigmatized.

For Evans, my great sin was likely telling Piers Morgan that Jason Collins, the NBA player who recently came out as gay, is not a hero. “Heroism is defined by willingness to sacrifice, and willingness to take a real personal risk in favor of a noble, larger goal. This may be a noble, larger goal but I’m not sure it’s a great personal risk,” I said. When Piers protested that it was a big deal, I added, “Why do you hate Americans so much, that you think this is such a homophobic country, that when Jason Collins comes out it is the biggest deal in the history of humanity? President Obama has to personally call him to congratulate him …. I think that America is a fundamentally good place …. Being who you are in 2013 America is what America is about. It is not heroic to be who you are publicly. I’m glad for Jason Collins if it makes him feel like he’s going to have a happier life now. But, it does not make him a hero to be who you are because America is not a homophobic country.”

Such sentiments are taboo in Hollywood. Hollywood perceives America to be the world’s worst place. That’s why a significant number of dramas with prominent gay characters feature them being beaten unmercifully (Brokeback Mountain, As Good As It Gets, Boys Don’t Cry, to name a few). Other movies without the violence still play up the idea that modern America is a nasty, homophobic place. But the truth is very different: openly homosexual people are extraordinarily prominent in American life, heading up major corporations (Apple, PayPal), and taking a leading position in politics (Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, David Cicilline, Jared Polis, and well over a hundred other gay and lesbian elected politicians across America). Gays and lesbians are especially prominent in Hollywood, with powerhouses like Ellen Degeneres (The Ellen Show), Ryan Murphy (Glee, Nip/Tuck), Barry Diller (IAC), Neil Patrick Harris, Scott Rudin striding purposefully and powerfully down  the halls of power. And in the news media, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Nate Silver, and Chris Hughes are just a few of the top names. When it comes to hate crimes, Jews have the same chance of becoming hate crime victims as homosexuals do, according to FBI statistics. America is perhaps the world’s most philosemitic country – and yet Hollywood considers America to be one of the world’s most anti-gay countries.

Hollywood’s belief that America is a backwards, Taliban-like entity is not restricted to topics of sexual orientation. Hollywood believes that America is deeply racist (Crash), horribly greedy (Wall Street), and terribly brutal (Green Zone). Stand up for the goodness of the American people, and you’ll quickly be labeled a tool of the establishment – and worse, people won’t like you.

And so feelings trump evidence. The folks in Hollywood know best that while racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism and the like still exist, they’re by far the exceptions rather than the rule. But they would prefer to think of themselves as heroes standing up against the evil American machine, rather than performers whose job is to entertain the very Americans they so dislike.

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  • bluffcreek1967

    There are many Americans that think homosexuality is immoral and repulsive. It degrades any society that allows it to take deep root and this explains, in part, why America is on the decline (among other reasons).

    But mark this: It will not be enough that America and the entire West celebrates homosexuality. No, we must soon also accept pedophilia. Pedophilia is on its way and its acceptance will be much sooner and widespread than the one for homosexuality. It will be done incrementally, pedophiles will be seen as 'victims' of an oppressive society, and so forth.

    "The Coming Widespread Acceptance of Pedophilia," http://www.ambrosekane.com

    • tkellybal

      I've been thinking the same thing. As soon as pedophilia becomes a viable means to destabilize traditional morals, the Left will adopt it as a civil rights cause. Those that oppose it will be regarded as bigots.

      • Asher

        Right On! Evil does not want a moral society!

    • hassia

      Ahh you mean like the Catholic church?

      • aloyicious

        And there we go – knew that would be coming. Here's the deal, the mainstream media heaped tons of indignation and hatred on the Catholic church for what happened – and rightfully so. But then they turn around and treat men like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen as heroes – yes, I countered your Catholic church reference with the Polanski card. We know which way the mainstream media leans, and they'll lead the whole of society that way given the chance.

        • hassia

          There is however a serious flaw in your comment unlike the Catholic church, Roman Polanski, and Woody Allen are not institutions.

          If memory serves me correctly Woody Allan married the woman in question. the Catholic church just moves the problem to another parish.

        • RebeccaJean

          Counter it with how many of the victims of the catholic church were boys. And how many of the perpetrators were homosexuals. Now, if we could take a magic wand and go back and remove all the homosexual priests from the church, how many boys would have been victimized.

          • hassia

            None. the question now is does one also wave the magic wand to get rid of the heterosexual predators?

      • defcon 4

        You mean like the islamofascist states of Afghanistan and Iran where the molesting of dancing boys is a time honored and LEGAL tradition AHmed?

    • Glennd1

      Shapiro wants to ignore the vicious, homophobes who do exist out there – like yourself and the hate filled website you linked. What you don't realize is that you are as big a threat to my liberty as the leftists.

      Do the entire world a favor and don't reproduce or vote ever again.

      • Wideband

        Does anybody else wonder if Glennd1 sees to irony – and hypocracy in calling someone else "hate-filled" and then making his last statement?

        • Glennd1

          Setting aside the fact that you cannot spell properly (hypocrisy), it seems you don't deny that this moron is indeed spreading hate filled invective. Did you go to that slimy website he linked? He's a bigoted lowlife. Is that the company you keep?

          • defcon 4

            The holey quran is full of hate speech, against Jews, against Christians, against unbelievers. Of course that doesn't cause you any problems does it Farshad?

  • Owmyballs

    BluffGeek1967,

    your evidence is underwhelming. Most Americans realize homosexuality is not a choice ans so is not immoral. They also tend to hate pedophilia with a passion. Children are so well protected they tend to be pampered. The ones who aren’t aborted, that is.

    • kafir4life

      Great Segway Owmyballs! If "gay" isn't a choice, is it genetic? If it's genetic can it be tested for? If it can be tested for, and a potential mother's right to abortion and right to privacy is absolute, what is to stop the abortion of gay children? If a pregnant woman announces that she refuses to raise a gay child, what will the left say when she chooses to abort based on sexual preference…..to "get the gay out" as it were. Would the gay community feel threatened, and have lawmakers grant exceptions for women carrying gay children from having the "right" to abort? To a libtard, it's a similar logical dilemma as "Everything I say is a lie", and "I'm lying to you right now".

      • hassia

        You are assuming of course that a woman would disclose the sexuality for the purpose of aborting. Now following your line of thought a 'Libtard' would not have a problem carrying to term a gay child. I would argue it would be the so called Anti choice women and men that would have to rear a gay child that would feel compelled to take such a route..

    • bluffcreek1967

      Owmyballs,

      The cause of homosexuality stems from a variety of factors, but ultimately it's a moral choice. I don't have the time or space to get into that now. I urge you to read a little wider than perhaps you have.

      Homosexuals, by and large, DON'T hate pedophiles or pedophilia. That's why for years NAMBLA was allowed in gay pride parades throughout the U.S. The gay community has only shunned them of recent date, but this was not always the case. They do so now because it's an embarrassment for them and for obvious political reasons. Homosexuality AND pedophilia, for the most part, go hand-in-hand. History has shown that wherever homosexuality is permitted its influence in any society, along with comes pedophilia. It's well known in the gay community that younger boys are favored because they're seen as "fresh meat." Are those gays just wonderful folks?

    • Douglas

      No, your evidence is underwhelming. Studies show clearly that most homosexuals were abused prior to becoming adults. We should not celebrate homosexual deviancy and more than we do adultery divorce or any other societal disorder.

    • Snorbak

      Given your statement that "your evidence is underwhelming". Could you please provide some evidence to the contrary, in that homosexuality is genetic.
      If, as you believe, that homosexuality is genetic than logic would dictate that bestiality & pedophilia along with people who commit murder, rape & a whole host of immoral acts all have a genetic pre-disposition to do so, the suggestion is quite obviously absurd.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    If one must adopt a phobia, Obamaphobia is a very good place to start…..Although, some have hinted that the two could be synonymous. Butt,, …..that's why Google scrubs all such information.

    Maybe Google is homophobic.

    …jus sayn'

  • John

    I agree with the writer. The article is obviously subjective and angled, but what is not these days? How is an former NBA player coming out a big deal? Why do people care? How does that make him a hero? It makes him someone that has come out. I can assure you that his life does not change much afterwards, he will still surround himself with the same lackeys that he did before, and he will still live in a neighborhood where his multimillion home is still worth multi millions and where his neighbors overall don’t care who or what he is unless they want something from him (like autographs to sell on eBay, or a way to get season tickets)

    So how is the guy a hero?

    And why does Hollyweird and the Left Coast(or at the very least, mr Evans) feel the need to say that they dislike someone just because they do not partake in false idol and hero worshipping and midwestern values bashing?

    Obviously Mr Evans does not represent all of the left coasts combined might and weight – but he definitely represents a manner of thinking that is prevalent in some parts.

    And before you jump at my throat, screaming ‘The loony christian right do the same thing!” – yea, but just because Hitler killed off all those jews, does that make Stalin’s purge or Mao’s cultural war okay? One wrong, two wrongs, fifteen wrongs, do not a Hollywood blockbuster make.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Saul Alinsky Rule 13. ~ Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'…

    "…any target can always say, 'Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?'

    When your 'freeze the target,' you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments…. Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the 'others' come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target…'

    "One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other." (pps.127-134)

    • ltcdmward

      Right on! Freeze it/them as just being a bunch of 1950s rubes, with a lot of them also being 1860s rubes who have just not "evolved" fast enough and correctly. Rather than evolved, perhaps a better word is mutated. Just like in the 'X-Men' movie series, the attackers and victims want to claim the seemingly heroically depicted and moral high-ground side, the side of being the enlightened but persecuted "Mutants". So now it's the Rubes verses the just so overly "cool", fabulous, and misunderstood Mutants. The Rubes must eventually either evolve, die or be enslaved by the "cool" don't ya know.

      • κατεργάζομαι

        Replying to ltcdmward –

        I think your Thesis, Antithesis, and Synthesis synopsis are misfiring –

        The origins of your deductive and inductive reasoning may originate from your fundament.

  • kafir4life

    Oh, for goodness sake. We elected (TWICE) the first (half) African American, openly gay, muslim president, yet were' still prejudice?? Really? President Stinky (BO) Benghazi is a three-fer!! What more do they want?

  • Lan Astaslem

    Just wait til a homo gene is discovered. Then the pro abort crowd and the homosexual stormtroopers will duke it out.

    • kevinh

      I believe that statistically, abortion has killed something of 3X more GLBT people than HIV has, so I'm not sure that the "right to chose" will trump. However, I could see a scenario where legislation is pushed to test for the "gene", and then if so found have abortion off the table as an option for the mother. One might assume that, since abortion came first, that it's a more fundamental issue for the left than is making homosexuality "more equal than others".

      Regards,

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "I believe that statistically, abortion has killed something of 3X more GLBT people than HIV has, so I'm not sure that the "right to chose" will trump."

        What?! How can an abortion kill a sexual deviant?

        "However, I could see a scenario where legislation is pushed to test for the "gene", and then if so found have abortion off the table as an option for the mother."

        To protect the persecuted class. But they can't go there. If they did, only whites would be legally allowed to have abortions.

        They "gay gene" is just a lie to use when convenient.

  • hassia

    Ok so this is the same individual that called Mark Levin, Adam Carolla, and Ted Cruz Hero's. Now from his definition of heroism what personal risks to the larger goal have these individuals indulged in?

    • guest

      you're not suited to shine Levin's Corolla's or Cruz' shoes.

      • hassia

        Ah, so you found other uses for your knee pads?

    • kevinh

      You're point is well taken. Perhaps there is a level of "personal" hero and "American hero" that we're talking about here. From the perspective of national media, Mr. Collins' risk/loss is nil, however the American public may have their own feelings about the subject, or just not care.

      However, there's nothing in terms of personal risk invovled with coming and saying that you prefer same-gendered partners nowadays. If anything, it's an advantage economically, socially, and legally…as you can sue (or have the state sue on your behalf) to address any real or perceived wrong. In that sense, the risk is minimal, and in some ways, it becomes a greater advantage.

      Regards,

    • Howard

      Mark Levin, Adam Carolla, and Ted Cruz have bucked the establishment opinion in their respective professions or industries at the risk of their careers. And all have been passed over for oppurtunities they may have had if they had just gone along and mouthed the opinions they knew were "popular" with the leadership. Hollywood and the majority of the opinion makers are all about diversity in their industries.Diversity in everything but opinion.

      • hassia

        Ok then if that is your definition of a hero then you have to agree that Jason Collins filled that definition. having 'bucked the establishment'.

  • Asher

    By attacking morality and goodness, evil is allowed to progress, they are NOT mainstream America, and thrive on chaos, and promote evil policies that destroy goodness! They must be countered and fought, every step of the way!

  • tagalog

    Ben, Ben, Ben; can it really be true that you've been reduced to publicizing a Twitter tiff on this website? All he said was he doesn't like you; it wasn't exactly some polemic. And now here you are making it into a skirmish in the culture war.

    How gay is that?

  • Omar

    Those very same people from Hollywood probably believe that Communist Cuba (the only dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere) is a "perfect and egalitarian" place where "there is no racism, sexism, homophobia or bigotry of any kind". The truth is far different. Those people do not know (or do not care) that the longest served black political prisoner in modern history was Eusebio Penalver, who served about 28 years in the Castro regime's prisons (from 1960 to 1988). That was even longer than Nelson Mandela's time in prison (about 27 years from 1963 to 1990) under South Africa's former apartheid regime. Yet, Cuban dissidents are rarely heard from the mainstream media, and if they are heard from, the MSM denounces the dissidents as Batistianos and tools of the Batista regime (in reference to Fulgencio Batista, the Cuban autocrat before the Castro brothers took over the country). That is so ridiculous, considering the fact that most prominent Cuban dissidents currently living in Cuba were born after Batista was toppled. Even most dissidents who were alive in Cuba during the 1950s actually opposed Batista and helped the Castroite rebels topple the autocrat, only for the autocracy to be replaced by a totalitarian dictatorship, which was not the agenda of most ordinary Cubans. Once the Castros got into power and started taking over everything, the regime initiated the infamous UMAP prison camps. UMAP is the Spanish acronym for "Military Units to Aid Production". Even the name of those camps is somewhat misleading. While UMAP definitely had military units from the regime, the camps did not aid production. Instead, unfortunate prisoners were forced to dig up useless ditches with the threat of severe beatings from prison guards. UMAP's motto was "Work will make Men out of You", which was similar to the motto of the prison camps in Nazi Germany, which was "Work will set you Free". The similarity in the slogans was no coincidence. Yet, the leftists at Hollywood spend almost all of their political time condemning the greatest democracy in the world (the United States of America), which promotes liberty and equality to its people, spread and freedom democracy all over the world and which liberated more than a billion people around the world from oppression. Meanwhile those same leftists praise the only dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere (the so-called "Republic of" Cuba, which is a "republic" in name only) which was founded by two evil brothers who are the sons of a Spanish colonial military officer (Angel Castro) who opposed Cuban independence from Spain (Angel Castro fought for Valeriano Weyler, a brutal monstrous general who killed many innocent civilians in Cuba order to preserve the power of the Spanish Empire) and who had an affair with a minor (there may be some indication that Angel Castro was a pedophile). The same dictatorship in Cuba also jailed the longest served black political prisoner in modern history, mandated food rations which were smaller than the food rations mandated by the Spanish monarchy for Cuban slaves in 1842 (at a time when Cuba was a colony of Spain), tried to destroy the United States at least twice (the first time with nuclear weapons), brutally represses political dissent, engaged in foreign espionage, tried to violently overthrow governments in the Third World and constantly censors internet access. Read Humberto Fontova's books, as well as Manuel Marquez-Sterling's book, Cuba 1952-1959: The True Story of Castro's Rise to Power, for more about the truth on Cuba.

    • wild fire

      577 words
      3550 characters from an unregistered fob.

      you are so kweel. (OH! I am registered in my Day Job.)

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,wild fire,at least Omar does his research. Unlike you,who doesn't do anything but make snarky comments.

  • Patrick Sheehan

    Dont know dya know Ben but remember reading something about Captian america coming into contact last year with an unknown virus related to the sexual organs… I have no idea what this has to do with Chris evans tho…

  • lehnne

    Sexuality in contemporary America is ideological in the sense that it is not rooted in past experience, culture, tradition, etc. It is a marketed recreation replete with helpful suggestions, techniques, training and various enhancement products and employs the full range of multimedia channels. Homosexuality is segment of this industry. This is not a pejorative unless homosexuals think they are not part of the culture. This or any post-modern ideology is dependent on a very robust infrastructure in order to sustain it. For example, those who reside in mega-cities are totally dependent on who knows how many tons of goods arriving daily on trucks, not too mention the skills of those who supply water, electricity, gas, etc. As long as this works Jason Collins is a hero. If not, declarations of sexuality will garner little interest.

    • wild fire

      Replying to lehnne: "Sexuality in contemporary America is ideological in the sense that it is not rooted in past experience, culture, tradition, etc.

      ………….I bet you have a MLK GED scholarship.

      • lehnne

        wildfire, can you provide context to your remark I assume it has something to do with my statement

  • ffortnightly

    Americans will be labeled as "homophobic" until they all get down on their knees and perform a homosexual act. It's that simple. Homosexuals are not interested in the rights of heterosexuals. They want to use sex as a political weapon.
    Grobbbbbbbbb

    • kevinh

      Agreed. This is not about "equality" but a fight over superiority. Chris "leave Britney alone!" Crocker stated it quite clearly: "There are no straight people."

      Regards,

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "leave Britney alone"

        Still can't understand that. Blogger overload I assume.

  • http://shugartpoliticalaction.shugartmedia.com/uncommonsense/ Chris_Shugart

    Gays coming out in pro sports is not a big deal. Not yet, anyway. Give it some time for the politically correct enforcers to sink their teeth into this new phenomenon. They'll be calling for rule changes. When a gay athlete gets fouled there will be an added penalty on the offender for committing a "hate foul." An exaggeration, perhaps, but not by much.

  • tmo

    Chris Evans' brother Scott is gay

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  • williamltrainer

    I love this CAPTAIN aMERICA stuff….Waiting for 2nd episode..LOL

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      The evil of multiculturalism exposed: we will understand the values and the virtues of our civilization only when we'll lose them. It is insanity to think that the Shariah Law will spare us. The difference between the tolerance of Parlamentarism in Western civilization and the Sariah Law in muslim countries ruled by tiranny is abyssal. Shortly all the Hollywood beauties shall cover their nudity beneath a burqua. Piera Prister

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