Just because someone play’s someone on the big screen doesn’t mean they have anything in common with them in real life. Just because we jokingly say that Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark, that doesn’t mean we should expect him to start building Iron Man suits or fighting terrorists in his spare time.
And just because Chris Evans is Captain America on the big screen, that doesn’t mean his political views are worth listening to…or even ideologically consistent with the character.
I know this to be true, but it doesn’t stop me from being shocked when an actor says something so absolutely counter to the beliefs of a character that they are famous for portraying.
I know, I know.
But even more shocking is the fact that the fans can’t even recognize when their political views are at complete odds with huge chunks of the ideology their fictional idol represents.
Forget the ridiculousness of Chris Evans saying this. He’s not Captain America, he has the right to believe whatever idiocy he wants to about gun control, but the comment at the bottom is the embarrassing one. It’s almost certainly facetious, the commenter doesn’t actually believe that Evans is Captain America, but he does think it’s useful to attach this ideology to the name of Captain America in order to score political points even if it’s disrespectful to the character’s beliefs and motivations.
Well fine then, I’m all for using pop culture in my political rants. So let’s talk about gun control, no fly lists, and how Captain America would feel about this sit in.
First off, this is Captain America. The name indicates some level of respect for American principles, like, say…the Bill of Rights. Of which the bill that is currently spawning this “sit in” violates the 5th of those rights.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
So from the first moment there is a clear issue here.
But, you say, Captain America never took a stand on the 5th Amendment in the Comics. It’s not Canon! You can’t just decide that he supports something because you support it.
Okay, fine, play devil’s advocate.
Yes, as far as I know Captain America has never made any explicit statement in support of the 5th Amendment, so maybe he doesn’t give a crap about it. Who knows.
We do, however, know how Cap feels about people being arbitrarily put on lists by the government and deprived of their rights. That’s a pretty big part of the character’s story.
Anyone ever heard of the Superhuman Registration Act? I mean I’m not even a Marvel fan (always been more of DC fangirl myself) but even I see the similarities here.
For those of you that don’t know, here’s a brief explanation.
The Super-human Registration Act (SRA, S.R.A. or sometimes SHRA) – was a legislative bill which was passed into law, enforcing the mandatory registration of super-powered individuals with the government. Supporters and critics debated between the rights of the individual (to freedom of action and expression etc.) on one side versus the rights of society at large (to safety from danger or harm) on the other.
Captain America was so against this action that he literally went to war against Iron Man and many of his other former teammates and friends.
The idea of Captain America, as he stands in the canon up until a month or so ago, supporting incompetent lists that are compiled using arbitrary criteria (that has included well known politicians and infants on its list of people not allowed to fly) as a tool to be used to deny people their civil rights…well that’s just the most ludicrous thing I’ve heard all day.
So if you really want to follow the principle of WWCAD, then supporting this outrageous violation of civil rights is really, really not the way to go.
Then again, Marvel comics is retconning the entire history of Captain America to turn him into a Hydra agent…and Nazis weren’t very fond of private gun ownership either.
So maybe the “Captain America said it” guy up there isn’t so far off from the truth.