Chris Evans, Lana Del Rey and Others Criticize Kanye West's Politics

"The level of unapologetic conjecture I've encountered lately isn't just frustrating," Evans tweets

By Zach Johnson Oct 01, 2018 12:40 PMTags
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Captain America's biggest foe isn't a double agent or a purple alien—it's Kanye West.

Chris Evans dragged West on Twitter yesterday for once again supporting Donald Trump and the president's policies. Hours after his SNL performance—and his non-televised rant was met with boos—West tweeted a picture of himself wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. "This represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs," West said. "We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love."

Ratified in 1865 after the Civil War, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, but also "allowed for prisoners to be used as slave labor," writer Yashar Ali said on Twitter. "He doesn't articulate that in his tweet, leaving people confused and others delighted."

Evans, who has been critical of the Trump administration, was tired of West. "There's nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn't know history, doesn't read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I've encountered lately isn't just frustrating," the actor vented. "It's retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying."

Actor Josh Gad supported Evans, tweeting, "Yes to everything."

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West also shared the photo on Instagram, prompting singer Lana Del Rey to leave a comment. "I can only assume you relate to his personality on some level. Delusions of grandeur, extreme issues with narcissism—none of which would be a talking point if we weren't speaking about the man leading our country. If you think it's alright to support someone who believes it's OK to grab a woman by the p---y just because he's famous then you need an intervention as much as he does—something so many narcissists will never get because there just isn't enough help for the issue," the singer wrote to West. "Message sent with concern that will never be addressed."

Amid backlash, West went on to tweet that the 13th Amendment" is "slavery in disguise, meaning it never ended. We are the solution that heals." He backtracked, saying politicians should "not abolish" it, but rather "amend" it. "We apply everyone's opinions to our platform."

The rapper has not responded to Del Rey, Evans or Gad directly. Instead, West—or YE, as he now wants to be called—said he will further explain himself in a TMZ Live interview Monday.

Actor Alec Baldwin, who plays Trump on SNL, was the latest celebrity to reach out to West via social media. "Your support of Trump is certainly your right. And the expression of any political ideas and support of candidates, so long as the violation of individual rights is not involved, can only strengthen our system. But I believe that many people, perhaps most people in America, are either on to you or don't care. You are a rich entertainer. A man with tremendous wealth and a wide audience who appears to have adopted Trump's belief that wealth and celebrity alone are signs of character. Wealth and celebrity are never signs of character. They are signs of luck, in some cases hard work, and the odd obsessions of any given culture," he said Monday. "Trump is perhaps the most perverse manifestation of the wealth/celebrity sweepstakes. The prize is the presidency itself. Although I have certainly failed to fulfill my own end of what I deem the 'Artists' Pact,' I nonetheless maintain that it is still significant, even necessary. That pact is that we give our careers, our lives, serving the audience's thirst for truth and beauty.