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There was once a time when Robert Downey Jr. understood that telling people how to vote was not something pretend superheroes should be doing. Marvel’s “Iron Man” inherently knew that intelligent swathes of the public will gladly make guys like him a millionaire for doing a good job standing in front of green screens, but they have no desire to hear his thoughts on domestic and foreign policy. That has changed.

RDJ’s millionaire buddy Joss Whedon — the guy who said Mitt Romney was the type of guy who would bring forth the zombie apocalypse — now wants us to believe that Donald Trump will presumably usher in the super-duper zombie apocalypse.

Mr. Whedon created a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC called “Save the Day” to push the message and enlisted Hollywood actors to star in the group’s ads.

Weirdly enough, Mr. Downey Jr. and the other actors acknowledge how pathetic and condescending projects like “Save the Day” are while essentially saying, “Yeah, we’re still going to shamelessly influence dumb people, anyway.”

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Here is what director Joss Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday:

“Whedon acknowledges that ‘no one really cares what an actor’s opinion is,’ but he says that’s not the strategy. ‘Seeing somebody famous makes people stop. Seeing something funny makes people stop. Seeing something with emotion makes people stop,’ he adds. ‘Those are the ways you can get to people.'”

The problem for Mr. Whedon and Don Cheadle, who said Donald Trump is a “racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society,” is that a.) it was Hillary Clinton who called black males “super predators,” and b.) it was FBI Director James Comey who raked her over the coals for nearly 15 minutes for her “extremely careless” handling of America’s most guarded secrets.

CBS reported on April 14th of this year:

Bernie Sanders slammed his rival’s 1996 use of the term “super predators” Thursday evening, calling it “racist” on stage at the Democratic debate in Brooklyn.

Asked why Sanders had criticized Bill Clinton’s defense of his wife use of the phrase “super predators,” Sanders responded: “Because it was a racist term and everybody knew it was a racist term.”

In the 1990s, while President Bill Clinton was promoting a tough-on-crime agenda, his wife — then-First Lady Hillary Clinton — was gathering support for the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act. In one speech, given in 1996, the first lady warned against the rise of “super predators,” touting the ’94 bill as one line of defense against such at-risk youth.

“They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super predators,'” she said at the time, going on to describe them thus: “No conscience, no empathy, we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”

It’s pretty hard to tell people to vote for the allegedly awesome Democrat when Bernie Sanders called Mrs. Clinton’s “super-predators” remark racist. Again, in years past Robert Downey Jr. seemed to understand what a fool he would look like by appearing in these campaigns, but somewhere along the line he decided to join the parade of politically correct narcissists for election-year virtue signaling.

Question for Mr. Downey Jr.: How does it feel to spend all the good will you’ve built up over the years by staying out of politics on a woman who should be wearing an orange jumpsuit in a federal penitentiary? I suppose that doesn’t matter, now that your “Save the Day” appearances guarantee years of swanky parties thrown by millionaire hypocrites like Joss Whedon. Sad.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

29 comments

  1. Sad, isn’t’ it? Especially sad this year is that most of the mud being slung at both candidates is entirely true. So, don’t vote for jailbait, vote for the pampered prince of all bullies who stiffed his working class contractors out of their wages.

    Either way wet get the zombie apocalypse, which is actually good news for comic book fans, because now we can dust off our shovels and get our road warrior avatars into shape.

    1. “Sad, isn’t’ it? Especially sad this year is that most of the mud being slung at both candidates is entirely true. So, don’t vote for jailbait, vote for the pampered prince of all bullies who stiffed his working class contractors out of their wages.”

      It’s so weird that of all the people in the world for RDJ to stick his neck out for, it’s Hillary Clinton. Haha! Wow. Smooth move, Iron Man. Now it’s going to be hard to watch him in future Marvel movies without shaking my head and laughing. It’s another one of those things that takes you out of the movie when you’re supposed to be invested in the character. Oh well. It was good while it lasted, Robert.

    2. Maybe it’s a sign he’s ready and about to retire out of the iron suit.

      SFDebris in his latest patreon rewards talked about the “carney consequences” of the oscars and how RDJ is one of the ones screwed by those consequences and probably won’t be winning an oscar any time soon. With this coming out, now I’m wondering if he is gearing up for a golden statute run…

  2. Very well written article, Douglas. Great points made. MAN, I’m annoyed at this.

    It’s like they think that they’re only making entertainment for other liberals. They could care less if they alienate conservative audiences because they have a right to express their opinion. While they absolutely do have the right, there’s a time and place. Most of the people I do business with are liberal, and I don’t wave my politics in their faces. I want to do business with them. Hollywood needs to learn that lesson, but they won’t.

    You’re right about disconnecting from watching them– I can’t enjoy Don Cheadle in anything now. Same with Mark Ruffalo. VERY disappointed in RDJ for the reasons you stated. Hope Chris Evans doesn’t participate in the rest of this ridiculous video series. And I don’t have a double standard– I don’t want to hear conservative actors opinions either. Just freaking ACT, or we can’t get lost in your performance.

    I can’t understand how in the world they would back Clinton of all people. Whedon’s wimpy-smug slights against Trump as a muppet or whatever– and they don’t see the sick, lying racist narcissist they’re propping up. She takes money from countries who are anti-gay and anti-women. How does that line up with their values, exactly?

    1. “I don’t have a double standard– I don’t want to hear conservative actors opinions either. Just freaking ACT, or we can’t get lost in your performance.”

      Exactly. There are not many openly conservative actors in Hollywood, but I have no desire to see them lecturing me on how to vote either. It’s a shame that everything has been politicized. If you want to eat a chicken sandwich, it’s political. If you want to see a movie, you have to try and temporarily block memories of stupid “Save the Day” videos from your mind. If you want to read a comic book, it’s political. If you want to watch a football game, it’s political. It’s so annoying. People are sick and tired of it.

      “I can’t understand how in the world they would back Clinton of all people. Whedon’s wimpy-smug slights against Trump as a muppet or whatever– and they don’t see the sick, lying racist narcissist they’re propping up. She takes money from countries who are anti-gay and anti-women. How does that line up with their values, exactly?”

      Joss Whedon is one of the smarmiest guys I have ever seen. Every time he speaks he just gives across a vibe like, “I think I’m the smartest person in the room. Durrrrrm.”

      I wonder how much money the Saudis had to give the Clinton Foundation to ensure that Hillary doesn’t talk about the kingdom executing gay people, not allowing people to be openly Christian, treating women like dirt, etc.? It had to be a pretty penny.

  3. I always told people that got too excited about having an actor ‘on their side’ was usually more perception than a reality.

    The telltale sign that an actor is actually a conservative is to watch their career passive-aggressively come apart.

    Unless you’re Clint Eastwood of course. These people are creatures of an alien culture, and anyone that has ever lived near or been near that scene knows it.

    For us liberalism is buzzfeed garbage and screaming SJW’s on youtube, with large helping of journalists telling you that your thoughts and opinions on things are wrong-think and wrong-speak..

    For an actor, singer and most other entertainers, liberalism is multi-million dollar industry that has a vast effect on the trajectory of your career and whether you will have a gig tomorrow, not to mention just the right to feel like a human being.

    You let the wrong people…which is almost everyone…know that you may have the incorrect opinion on anything…and various casting directors will be placing you a little lower on their list. The only exceptions will be people with incredible star power, like Gal Gadot…and they will still have to sign up for the occasional left wing commercial.

    Conservatives in Hollywood are not going to make commercials begging you to vote for their cause. When we actually had them and they were big stars, they tended to show up at parties and let it out in interviews, but the appeal to the masses about the great battle between good liberals and evil conservatives is a liberal thing.

    It’s sad actually. People starve for Hollywood to represent them, it is ‘our’ culture after all. Instead it hates you and takes you for granted.They are feeding us with these superhero movies, but trust me, they are starving to stomp on you. You look at the cinema of other countries, and the political landscape of the art and entertainers is far more diverse and thoughtful. It’s the real reason I’ve largely abandoned ours..it’s so toxic and hateful.

    1. “The telltale sign that an actor is actually a conservative is to watch their career passive-aggressively come apart.”

      That is really well said. So, you start getting invited to the “right” parties (i.e., fundraisers for Democrats). You don’t go, and even though you have never said anything political…the message is sent: I don’t agree with you. But in the activist-liberal mind, not agreeing with their worldview means that you’re a bad person. You’re unacceptable. And so, “the unraveling” begins.

      “Conservatives in Hollywood are not going to make commercials begging you to vote for their cause. When we actually had them and they were big stars, they tended to show up at parties and let it out in interviews, but the appeal to the masses about the great battle between good liberals and evil conservatives is a liberal thing.”

      Yep. As I’ve said before, guys like us really just want to be left alone. I don’t want the government messing with me, I don’t want weird social justice-types trying to control my language, and I don’t people trying to screw with the way I practice my faith. But these day, we have essentially have the cake police. “Make…the…damn…cake!” It doesn’t take a genius to fast forward in time and see where all of this is going if we don’t wake up.

      They are feeding us with these superhero movies, but trust me, they are starving to stomp on you. You look at the cinema of other countries, and the political landscape of the art and entertainers is far more diverse and thoughtful. It’s the real reason I’ve largely abandoned ours..it’s so toxic and hateful.”

      The funny thing is, a lot of these same Hollywood types lament that superhero movies are so huge. Well, one of the reasons we can’t have movies like the 1970s is because Hollywood won’t let it happen. You can’t have a script that is politically incorrect without 10,000 revisions to make it “acceptable.” Heck, it’s even a big deal to show a character who (gaps!) smokes onscreen. How can you represent real life if you’re not allowed to show real life? These people have serious issues.

    1. “Also: Whedon is right. I did stop. and after reading this, I’m reeeeaaaally starting to think about voting for Trump.”

      I essentially said the same thing on Facebook last night. The only thing videos like this do is make me go from the “Meteor of Death” camp to, “Man, I want to stick it to these morons with a giant megaphone who are telling me how to vote.”

    2. Increasingly my vote is leaning towards “who do I want to see cry after the election more?” Right now hiliary & some anti-trumpers are leading but it’s still a few months away…

    3. “Increasingly my vote is leaning towards “who do I want to see cry after the election more?” Right now hiliary & some anti-trumpers are leading but it’s still a few months away…”

      There are supposed to be up to 25 of these “Save the Day” ads. How much more embarrassing can they get? Will RDJ actually dress up in his Iron Man suit and plead with people as “Tony Stark” to stop Trump? I’m laughing…but at this point anything seems possible.

    1. “Well this did make me think as well, I may have went from not voting to voting Trump as well.”

      If I see a few more videos like this (they’re planning up to 25), then it will be hard for me to stick with my original plan for Election Day.

  4. At the 1884 Democratic Convention, in seconding Grover Cleveland’s nomination, General Edward Bragg said that Cleveland’s supporters “love him most of all for the enemies he has made.”

    These ads make me want to vote for Trump just to spite Big Hollywood.

    1. “These ads make me want to vote for Trump just to spite Big Hollywood.”

      The “Save the Day” YouTube video is deleting comments, but that seems to be the practical effect of what RDJ’s video is doing. Way to go, Iron Man and Joss Whedon! 🙂

  5. Is it just me, or does RDJ look sick to his stomach?

    Being a part of this kind of stuff is now an obligation for actors, lest they get blacklisted (see James Woods).

    1. “Is it just me, or does RDJ look sick to his stomach?”

      Haha. No, it’s not just you. I think he’s trying to do the faux “we really care” thing, and it’s just looking weird…but I also think that on some level RDJ has become a parody of himself. It’s like he’s totally blurred the lines between RDJ and the character Tony Stark. Sigh.

  6. It’s like I’ve said before, Doug: people sacrifice their individuality just so they can become members of the cool kids club. In this case, RDJ knows he’s getting old and could be nearing the end of his run as Iron Man, so he’s trying to do whatever he can to stay “hip” and “relevant.” Bashing Trump and supporting Clinton is one way these Hollywood clowns can do that.

    You see this in all walks of life, especially in Hollywood. Luckily for me, I’ve never had any desire to be one of the cool kids and have always marched to my own beat, but I’ve known plenty of tools who wanted so desperately wanted to be “cool” that they threw their friends under the bus. I’ve never understood that myself.

    And like I said earlier, you gotta love it when people like Nathan Fillion from “Firefly” and “Castle” lecture Americans about who they can or can’t vote for. Fillion is from Edmonton in Canada, so he really has no place lecturing us about who we should vote for. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson from “Harry Potter” recently said they “loved” Hillary Clinton. Again, they’re not even from the U.S., so they really shouldn’t be telling Americans what to do. Focus on your own country. I would feel like a total loser if I were a celebrity and I went to Britain so I could tell the people there which Prime Minister candidate they should vote for.

    1. Excellent points Carl. I’m Australian and if I was some famous douchebag, I’m certainly not going to tell you guys who I think you should vote for. That video just struck me as cleverly put together but totally ridiculous. I wonder how many people are going to get duped by it?

      I also wonder how many of those actors have actually read “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer or the graphic novel adaptation by Chuck Dixon? Would they even care to read it. Both my copies arrived yesterday and I gotta say it’s an eye opener.

      Doug, great article as always, we’ve been getting a lot of coverage leading up to the US election here in Oz. I’m eagerly anticipating the results come Election Day. These are certainly interesting times we live in. 😎

    2. “I also wonder how many of those actors have actually read ‘Clinton Cash’ by Peter Schweizer or the graphic novel adaptation by Chuck Dixon? Would they even care to read it. Both my copies arrived yesterday and I gotta say it’s an eye opener.”

      They know all about Hillary Clinton, and yet they shamelessly shill for her anyway. That’s why they need to be called out. If they want to play the “racist” game, then people should flip it and say, “Actually, you’re the one who is voting for a ‘racist.’ There is only one person running for president who said black kids are ‘super predators’ who need to be ‘brought to heel,’ and it’s not Donald Trump.”

      Again, I don’t like going that route, but if they want to play stupid games then they should win stupid prizes.

      “Doug, great article as always, we’ve been getting a lot of coverage leading up to the US election here in Oz. I’m eagerly anticipating the results come Election Day. These are certainly interesting times we live in. 😎”

      Thanks! Yeah, I haven’t posted as much political stuff these days but I still get worked up by celebrity hypocrisy and media bias. Most of my political stuff ties into those issues…or political correctness.

    3. “In this case, RDJ knows he’s getting old and could be nearing the end of his run as Iron Man, so he’s trying to do whatever he can to stay “hip” and “relevant.” Bashing Trump and supporting Clinton is one way these Hollywood clowns can do that.”

      I think that’s a pretty good assessment of the situation. There’s that, and then he’s also been stewing in the same work environment with Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, and the rest of them for so long that he’s bound to start behaving like them.

      “I would feel like a total loser if I were a celebrity and I went to Britain so I could tell the people there which Prime Minister candidate they should vote for.”

      That’s because you’re a normal person. 🙂 It’s actually healthy to say, “Dude, I have enough on my plate. I don’t need to start getting in British elections when I’m an American. You guys are smart enough to figure it out for yourself. Cheers!”

  7. It is their right to endorse whoever they like even if it is Hill-*can’t finish name because I am barfing because of just the saying her name*

    1. I think I should add more.

      I think people are going insane over Trump and to be honest instead of throwing a temper tantrum why don’t they stop and realize that instead of calling names how about actually listening, debating, and not giving a f**k. Pushing people will make them push back.

    2. “Pushing people will make them push back.”

      Agreed. I have no desire to point out that Robert Downey Jr. is being a giant moron, but once he starts lecturing me on how to vote then it’s a whole new ballgame.

    1. “Captain Frugal / Doug– you have to see this! Made by RangerUp.com, a group of veterans.”

      Thanks for saying this, !magine. 🙂 I should have known the guys at Ranger Up would have put this all in perspective.

      Side note: I always wanted to buy their “Secret Squirrel” shirt for my wife, but they didn’t have it for women. “If you can see the Secret Squirrel, he can see you. If you cannot see the Secret Squirrel, you have 3 seconds to live.”

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