WARNING: This may contain Avengers Endgame spoilers. Nothing that would actually spoil the movie. But some people get easily triggered. My editor even had someone ask her if she “spoiled” Infinity War in her review of Endgame. Really. Get a life, all of you. For that spoiler-free review, go here.
Since the movie hit theaters there have been a number of lame hot takes: the gay guy near the beginning wasn’t given enough screen time, having all the female heroes helping each other at one point in the final battle was offensive to feminists and some dude bros for some reason. At least they found common ground. Oh, and Thor fat-shamed fat people. Which to be fair, fat people are 75% of the people who see comic book movies. Trust me. We can smell our own.
But leave it to Bernie Sanders to have the hottest of the hot takes.
“What would be truly heroic is if Disney used its profits from Avengers to pay all of its workers a middle class wage, instead of paying its CEO Bob Iger $65.6 million – over 1,400 times as much as the average worker at Disney makes,” Sanders tweeted, linking to a Bloomberg News story about the entertainment conglomerate’s stock rising after the film’s opening.
Roy Disney’s granddaughter Abigail earlier this month said Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger’s compensation “is insane” and called on the company to shift “some of the profits” to rank-and-file employees. “There’s a point at which there’s just too much going around the top of the system into this class of people who — I’m sorry this is radical — have too much money,” she argued.
Right. OR, after the company paid off the massive amount it takes to market the movie, they could use the profits to invest in other movies. Thus creating more jobs and more opportunities for people. Maybe even recoup some losses from movies that didn’t make $1.2 billion at the box office. Remember, for every Endgame there’s a Tomorrowland or a Lone Ranger remake.
Or, maybe Bob Iger will just take some of his $65 million a buy a bigger boat with it. I don’t care. It’s his money. And unlike Bernie Sanders supporters, I don’t hate and resent people who have more than I do.
Here’s an even richer hot take: Bernie Sanders can stay the hell out of Disney’s affairs. Let the market place of Disney do what it needs to do, and Bernie Sanders can go back to doing what he does best. Modeling adult diapers.