We all know that as wonderful as Twitter can be, in that it allows us to find people with whom we can laugh, connect, and have conversations that make us a little more thoughtful and considerate about the world we live in and the people who inhabit it, we also all know that Twitter can also be downright fucking infuriating and that many of the people who use it make you want to say this prayer on a regular basis.
This is Vincent D’Onofrio.
We all know and recognize him from many of the roles he’s played over the years. Private Pyle in Full Metal Jacket, Detective Goren on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Bill from Mystic Pizza, that serial killer from The Cell, Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk on Daredevil, and his most impressive and memorable role to date: The Mighty Thor in Adventures In Babysitting.
For some reason, people on Twitter have been going into D’Onofrio’s mentions on Twitter and telling him that when it comes to sharing his opinions on all things politics, that he should stop doing so and stick to acting. Because actors aren’t allowed to share their opinions about the world they live in and should only pretend as if they’re talking to James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio at all times.
This was D’Onofrio’s response:
4 all u trolls.Dont agree w/my Politics.Think I'm a celeb&dont have the right 2speak.Look at this picture do u really want 2get in2 it w/me. pic.twitter.com/LtKdkyDH9C— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) January 17, 2017
Let us bask in the glory of this photo.
Even if D’Onofrio wasn’t 6’4” tall and looked as if he could body-slam us and finish us off with a Hulk Hogan legdrop if he so chose, why would you think that getting on his bad side was a good idea? Look at that hat. Have we learned nothing from Adebisi from Oz? He rocked the…strangest-looking hat in all of existence and he was one of the most dangerous people alive. And Jayne from Firefly, who wore the second-strangest hat in all of existence. Let us all remember what Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburn once said about Jayne simply because of his willingness to wear that hat: “Man walks down the street in a hat like that, you know he’s not afraid of anything.”
I’m not sure who or what convinced people on Twitter to think that it’s a good idea to approach actors like Vincent D’onofrio or Natalie Morales, who starred in the short-lived-and-still-missed The Middleman, and tell them what they should and shouldn’t talk about. But no matter the reasoning, don’t be surprised when you get responses like the one from D’Onofrio and this one from Morales:
I shouldn't express my opinion solely because of the job I have? Please apply that logic to any other citizen and then also fuck right off.— Natalie Morales (@nataliemorales) January 17, 2017
The people who provide us all with hours of art and entertainment that make us laugh, think, cry, and Kermit-flail about how awesome this art and entertainment is: they’re just as nervous, scared, concerned, angry, and opinionated as we are about our country, the people who will run it
into the ground at light speed, and how it will affect us all in ways both good and bad. And the last thing that anyone should be doing right now is relying on distance, anonymity, and an undeserved sense of entitlement to go on the Internet and harass celebrities we don’t know, and instead maybe put some of our time and our energy into making this country feel less like a Hellmouth that has just opened to destroy and devour us all, and more like a country that is worth living in and feeling proud of.
We have bigger and more important dragons to slay. So let’s go to work.