Because right now the world thinks he's endorsing Donald Trump.
To recap: The actor currently playing Sam Wilson (a comic book character who is taking up the mantle of Captain America) recently gave a BET interview where he might have been joking about endorsing Donald Trump. The candidate who had this to say about immigrants coming to the United States from Mexico:
"He's an easy sell. He's the guy that worked himself up from nothing. I think that if you're a pull-yourself-up-from-your-bootstraps candidate, people identify with that."
Sure. Because inheriting a company from your parents is something we can all relate to.
Joking or not, maybe it's time to stop laughing at Trump.
Why do we think he's saying such awful things? Is it because he's having a really fun time running for the GOP nomination? Because he's decided to spend his money trolling America? No. It's because this is what he believes (or he believes it's going to get him elected). And he is not alone. And that's not funny at all.
Captain America knows better
In the recent issue of Captain America #1 released last Wednesday, the hero defeats a group of vigilantes patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border. The vigilantes (led by the Supreme Serpent, above) claimed that immigrants are "enemy combatants".
"By invading this sovereign land, you defy the laws of God, nature and the United States Constitution! ...I can see you have enough trouble with you already, trouble and disease and crime weigh heavy on your backs."
Sound familiar? That was intentional. The writer of the comic, Nick Spencer, is really not a fan of Trump.
Even in the comics universe, this was no laughing matter.
Captain America is currently Sam Wilson (hey Mackie: that's the guy you play in the movies), replacing the original Cap, Steve Rogers. And in-universe, the response to Sam's actions as Captain America is overwhelmingly negative. He's called anti-American and a socialist (hint: that's not what socialism is), because while heroes are supposed to defend those who can't defend themselves, it seems like we've all forgotten that.
But sure, keep making Trump jokes.
But forgive me if I don't laugh. Because the political climate has become incredibly polarized. You're either with us or you're against us. You're either a patriot or a villain. There's no space for disagreement, or different perspectives. You know, the two things that used to make our country great. Comedy is an incredibly useful tool, but right now it's being used to dismiss the very real problems we're facing today.
Captain America knows what's up. Do you?