The United States Senator Ted Cruz cited both Thanos andWatchmenin a misguided attempt to prove that his political opposition thinks that “people are a disease.” However, his references to both of these pop-cultural touchstones are grounded in an inaccurate understanding of their material, rendering his point moot
During his podcast in “Verdict with Ted Cruz”, he drew a comparison between the US’ progressives and Thanos and Watchmen.
Cruz tells the co host Michael Knowles that he was talking about the inevitable.
“Have you noticed in how many movies how often rabid environmentalists are the bad guys”? Cruz asked.
Whether it’s Thanos or Watchmen. The view of the Left is that people are a disease.”
Lila Byock, who served as a writer and producer on Damon Lindelof’s Emmy-winning “Watchman” limited series, questioned Ted Cruz: “What the fuck are you talking about?”
Byock was one of many social media users reprimanding Cruz after the senator evoked “Watchmen” and “Avengers Endgame” to criticize the left for thinking “people are a disease.”
Ironically, it’s the first time since 2015, when Cruz was a Republican presidential nominee, the senator named “Watchmen” character Rorschach as one of the top five superheroes. Given that Rorschach is an agent of chaos, many social media users were quick to call out Cruz’s selection.
CRUZ OWN CONTRADICTIONS:
Cruz’s argument about his political opposition and Thanos falls apart with the simple fact that Thanos is a villain. The Avengers were trying to defeat him because his actions are horrifically wrong. Cruz has complained in the past about “leftist Hollywood,” so why would “the Left” make a movie that vilifies their supposed ideas? Overall, Cruz’s attempt to use Thanos to prop up his reasoning fails.
The villain in theWatchmenminiseries, Lady Trieu, was not a rabid environmentalist who believe humans needed to die to save the earth. Her plan to kill Dr. Manhattan and take his powers was meant to allow her to help humanity in a way she believed Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias never had. While this may have been partially environmentally motivated – with Dr. Manhattan’s powers, Lady Trieu could help overcome environmental disaster – it was mostly focused on proving her own brilliance.