The actor who plays Drax in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Dave Bautista, very recently issued a fiery tirade that was aimed at Texas Congressman and former Navy Seal Dan Crenshaw over the statements he made that issued criticism of Gwen Berry, an Olympic athlete for hammer throw.
Recently, Berry made a strong statement when she made a public show of turning her back to the flag and putting on an “activist athlete” T-shirt as she was awarded the bronze medal for her event. As reported by The Daily Wire, Crenshaw issued the argument that if Berry is entirely unwilling to represent the United States proudly, then she should be removed from the team entirely.
“We don’t need any more ‘activist athletes.’ She should be removed from the team. You know, the entire point of the Olympic team is to represent the United States of America. That’s the entire point, okay?” Stated Crenshaw on Fox and Friends back on June 28th. “It’s one thing when these NBA players do it. OK, fine, we’ll just stop watching. But now, the Olympic team – and it’s multiple cases of this. They should be removed. That should be the bare minimum requirement, is that you believe in the country you’re representing.”
The Wednesday after that, the lawmaker doubled down on his comments while on the Hugh Hewitt show, stating “If you’re going to represent the Team USA, you should, well, you should like the USA, and that the mere notion of supporting the United States shouldn’t offend you, if you’re going to be on Team USA after all.”
None of these events or comments seemed to mesh well with Bautista. The former wrestler turned actor pulled back up a Twitter thread from a former Florida congressional candidate, Pam Keith, who stated, “The FIRST thing that REAL PATRIOTS (not people who actually worship white supremacy more than the freedoms we fight for) know, is that contrived or forced demonstrations of reverence aren’t worth a hill of beans. If someone isn’t feeling a swell of pride or emotion when the anthem is played, so be it. They likely have very good reasons for the way they feel.”
Tagging on to the end of the thread, Bautista added on his own message to Crenshaw: “I really respect your service but otherwise you’re just a huge f***ing tw**.”
While currently set to star in the upcoming Warner Bros. release, “Dune,” Bautista has had a long history of being very outspoken regarding his politics. back in January, Jamed Gunn, the director of Guardians, and Bautista issued accusations of Ted Cruz, Senator from Texas, calling him out for treason. Also back in May of 2020, he tweeted out a sarcastic Nazi reference, tweeting “Heil Trump.”