Chris Evans recently announced his upcoming political website that will reportedly allow folks to “hear both sides of a political issue in a succinct, digestible way.”
Guess the cat’s outta the bag 🙂
Thank you to everyone who has already participated!! https://t.co/yj5FrmlWFr
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 6, 2019
In the video on CNN, Evans describes his website, called A Starting Point, as a “one-stop shop for simple digestible information from people who know best.”
Evans does state, “I want to make it clear that this website has nothing to do with my political opinion.” He adds, “it’s not about my political opinion. This is about yours. This is a chance for you to talk about issues that matter to you.”
Evans has reportedly interviewed a number of politicians including Cory Booker, Lisa Murkowski, Tim Scott, Ted Lieu, Jim Risch, Chris Coons, and more.
Following the announcement, Evans faced a barrage of criticism.
How do you plan on presenting both sides of a political argument when there are issues where one side is “these people shouldn’t exist.”
Don’t you worry that this will continue to create a false equivalency on many issues, or amplify messages of hate?
— Ali_face (@Ali_face) April 6, 2019
Is this a good idea though? While some issues can have two sides, many don’t. We don’t need to hear why poor people don’t deserve healthcare and we don’t need to hear from the white supremacists in Congress or anywhere else.
— Dan Arel (@danarel) April 6, 2019
… k but a LOT of things don’t have two sides so not sure how this is going to work
— Kristin Chirico (@lolacoaster) April 7, 2019
I know you’re getting inundated with comments on this thread right now, but why talk to representatives rather than experts on these topics, like economists, scientists, and, IDK just the people these issues affect?
— Tea Berry-Blue (@teaberryblue) April 6, 2019
I’m skeptical that it will be both sides but I wish you good luck!
— anthonybgonzalez (@Agonzo1) April 6, 2019
— 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐦𝐚 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 (@dayadream_) April 6, 2019
We don’t need to hear both sides when one side uses lies in the place of facts. The whole “both sides” thing is why we have trump in office.
— JH (@JorgenTDH) April 6, 2019
Thanks for solving americas problems! A real life super hero! NOT
— Ben Virgin (@BennyVirgin) April 6, 2019
This will end more badly than Infinity War
— deLancie’s dead letter Q (@mattdkerr) April 6, 2019
My existence and humanity are not up for debate. This aint it, bud. pic.twitter.com/UFmeE91UUv
— Dee (@weronlystardust) April 6, 2019
Do you really think we are suffering from a shortage of #bothsides right now?
Part of the problem today is that the media doesn’t know how to behave when one of our two major political parties goes off the rails and standing in the center is no longer the answer.
— Jason Thalken, PhD (@JasonThalken) April 8, 2019
There were plenty of encouraging comments as well.
Chris – You’ve played a hero on the big screen, but more importantly you are a hero in real life. Thank you 💖
— Nansa 🏳️🌈 #SaveODAAT (@noblenansa) April 6, 2019
This is amazing & such a good use of your platform & passion for speaking out in what you believe in! So rare that you’d find something politically related that presents BOTH sides & then asks you to judge for yourself! pic.twitter.com/C1zld2dxJF
— Lucie (@LucieJL) April 6, 2019
Go Chris! Love your focus on collaboration! Have some bacon roses! pic.twitter.com/OMOUJsJnXr
— Sarah ❤️🌺 (@_Myfit365) April 6, 2019
This is absolutely amazing and totally what America needs. Thank you 🙏 That said some of the scientific arguments that have become political discourse are not equal I hope that gets represented as well.
— Emily Hagan (@mlehagan) April 6, 2019
What do you make of Evans’ new idea? Do you think this is a good idea or do you think he’s being highly naive about the current political spectrum? Do you believe he will be able to keep his own personal politics out of the website?