You’d be hard-pressed to find a more desperate virtue-signaler on Twitter than Mark Ruffalo.
The actor, known for playing the Hulk in the Avengers movie series and appearing in cheesy B-list rom-coms, routinely tweets out his solidary with All of the Oppressed People, including women, minorities, LGBTQs, college snowflakes, and Bernie Sanders. Ruffalo is also an environmental activist who protests fracking and GMOs while demanding that we all live off renewables by the year 2050. After President Trump exited the Paris climate accord, Ruffalo tweeted that the president will “have the death of whole nations on his hands.” He’s also a 9/11 truther; in a 2011 interview he complained that more people die from smoking every year but “we give this” — 9/11 victims — “a lot more play.”
In a 2015 Tumblr post, Ruffalo rambled on about what he called the “‘I am not a feminist’ internet phenomenon.” According to Ruffalo, if you reject the moniker of “feminist,” you are “insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote” and “degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center.” He credits feminism with everything from property ownership to divorce rights to sexual-harassment laws: “When you grin with your cutesy sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
That same year, the theater-school-educated actor told the Daily Beast that sexism is “embedded” in men and he has “to make a conscious evaluation of my own. I have two girls. Even the way I talk to them, and what I expect of them, still has a sexism inside it that I have to be vigilant against. You become aware of it in bits and pieces.”
The tweet links to a petition on the website for Credo Action, a progressive activist group funded by the San Francisco–based network provider, Credo Mobile. The petition aims to “let NBC executives know that there will be a sharp backlash if MSNBC becomes another platform for right-wing hate.” It accuses Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News, of “pushing out Black and Brown voices and filling its network with hard-line extreme conservatives.” (The petition has nearly 176,000 signatures.)
Three new NBC hires are mentioned — Greta Van Susteren, Megyn Kelly, and Nicolle Wallace (whose first name is misspelled as the more common “Nicole”) — as proof the network is on a “white conservative hiring spree.” The petition laments how Wallace, who hardly represents conservatism during her obsequious anti-Trump, anti-GOP rants on MSNBC, will get her own show by replacing Rachel Maddow’s protégé, Steve Kornacki. Kelly and Van Susteren are referred to as “conservative former FOX News hosts.” That may be a surprise to them, since neither woman has ever demonstrated a particularly conservative political bent.
So basically, Ruffalo and his ilk do not want white conservatives hired at NBC, even if they are not really conservatives, because they used to work for Fox News and because they are white.
If anything, Ruffalo should warmly welcome Kelly into NBC’s fold. Not only is she a working mother of three young children, she blasted Trump during the presidential debates, bolted the country’s only conservative cable news network, and was part of an “underground army of women” (her words) that led to Roger Ailes’s resignation amid accusations of sexual harassment. He should add her to his long list of feminist heroes.
So basically, Ruffalo and his ilk do not want white conservatives hired at NBC, even if they are not really conservatives, because they used to work for Fox News and because they are white. Despite their phony appeals to free speech and expression, these “artists” and their followers want expression stifled everywhere except for Fox News, which they want destroyed and burned to the ground. At the same time, they are so blinded by their own rage that they cannot see their blatant hypocrisy.
Ruffalo may think he’s clever and compassionate, but he’s a small-minded bully who demands tolerance and inclusion for everyone except his political enemies. The Hulk would be embarrassed for him.
— Julie Kelly is writer from Orland Park, Ill.