ABC’s ‘This Week’ swoons ‘Ben Affleck trying to end war in Africa’; Journalist snarkily calls interview ‘brave’

Oh, dear. So, that happened.

Not only did ABC’s ‘This Week’ choose to have on noted political expert, actor Ben Affleck to discuss Africa, but they credited him with super hero powers. He’s totally ending war and stuff!

He’s heard things.

And look at his super serious face with hand gestures.

Case closed.

Geoffrey York, a correspondent for The Globe and The Mail, weighs in with some well-deserved snark.

Double oh, dear. When you’ve lost fellow journalists …

Indeed. Hilarious, yet oh-so-sad. Twitter users can’t stop giggling.

ABC is so courageous! Bravely interviewing an actor.

Twitter users also snarkily point out Mr. Affleck’s expertise.

But, hey, maybe Affleck really is single-handedly ending war with this promise.


Dear ABC: We are laughing at you, not with you.

  • judy w. miller

    Thxsm4Sundaya.m. guffaw. Actors should wait on tables between jobs.

    • TonyMontana3

      People like you shouldn’t say anything.

      • Garth Haycock

        Nor should you.

      • scubaski00

        And you are some sort of brilliant speaker?? Nothing you said hadn’t already been said by left leaning parrots…squawk!!!

        • Hello Jerry (D)

          Tony thinks he’s brilliant… in his own mind. Just like his Messiah.



      • Hello Jerry (D)

        Isn’t it already hard to say anything with your head up your ass? Or your nose up Obama’s?

      • Cindy Everett-Manly

        Lmao tony. You are SO funny and articulate.

  • judy w. miller

    Thxsm4Sundaya.m. guffaw. Actors should wait on tables between jobs.


    affleck is an idiot

    • $18912735

      Agreed. Actually I was going to call him a “tool” or a “d-bag”, but idiot works, too…


        I am sure we could come up with a lot more things to call him also, lol

        have a great day

        • Dallas El Cazador

          As long as you don’t call him an actor…

          • TEXANONLY

            dallas , I love you comment, hope you have a great week

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        The terms also work on useless trolls like “TonyMontana3” and “Michael Hampton”.

    • DebsFriends

      He is better than Matt Damon. ugh!

    • TonyMontana3

      Wow that was really good insult. It’s a classic actually because it’s the kind of insult that tells you nothing about the person being insulted and everything about the person lobbing it.


        jump tony jump

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        Did he insult your beloved “evil 1%er” knight in shining armor? Grow up kid.


    affleck is an idiot

  • Conservative320

    Charter members of The Empty Suit Club; He surely is empty .. just like his bud and fellow clown, the Obummer!

    • TonyMontana3

      “Obummer”? Are you 12 years old?

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        You sure are,

      • lainer51

        no, 13, the same age as the tool that came up with the “Mittens” nickname ,which, wasn’t even clever, BTW…

        • PennyRobinsonFanClub

          And that’s about twice as mature as the REAL lameshot: “R-Money.”

  • Elaine

    Why are we sending troops to Africa anyway? Are we involved in some kind of “secret war” there or something?

    • Elaine

      I’ve asked this before several times and no one seems to know, but how can they bypass Congress and just send troops?

      • TocksNedlog

        Because they can . . . legally. That doesn’t mean they should do it whenever & wherever they feel like doing it — but yes, they can.

        • Elaine

          Why though? Doesn’t it have to be declared a “war” to send troops into battle?

          • Lisa Dean

            The President can send in troops to be “observers” or to offer “assistance” to local military. Troops can also be used to offer “humanitarian” support. Of course the troops aren’t suppose to use force unless they feel threatened.

          • walterc

            “Of course the troops aren’t suppose to use force unless they feel threatened.”

            And sometimes not even then.

      • Michael Rice

        Remember when everyone exxcept that nut in Cali voted to institute action in Iraq aand all of sudden it was supposedly illegal and Bush was acting alone and unilaterally, with the aid of about 75 other countries…

  • TocksNedlog

    The “do something!” disease claims another victim.

  • Scott

    Leave him alone. As long as he is helping Africa, gives him less time to HELP US, or make another movie.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    Isn’t Ben Affleck the name of that duck on the Affleck Insurance commercial?

    I must beg-to-differ with y’all.

    That duck, (even though Goldthwate voiced him…) is really talented!

    He dances better than most of the stars on television, for instance.

    He does rap.

    He signs contracts to perform, (obviously).

    No, I think you guys knocking that poor duck should reconsider…

    So what if he doesn’t have a neat accent like the geico lizard!

  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    Here is the problem with the uneducated “Honey Boo Boo” voters. They see Ben as a super hero CIA guy. Next thing you know we have an Afleck/Damon ticket running on some Hollywood fantasy platform for colonizing Venus…and they win. Guys like Afleck, Penn, Cruise, Damon have been acting so long, having someone else tell them who and what to be, they lose sight of reality and think they actually can single-handedly save the planet. And the reality TV audience in America believe it too.

    • Catchance

      Yeah… it’s called ‘reading their own press clippings’.

    • walterc

      When you think about, that’s kinda what we have in the White House now. Axelrod tells him what to do, and that he’s a super hero doing it. And the media reinforces the fantasy.

  • TonyMontana3

    Wow. So much hate. Because he’s an actor that means you can’t take him seriously? Tell me what are you doing to end the war in Africa? Nothing?

    • John Kerry’s Forehead

      Tell me, what is Afleck doing besides going on ABC news to talk about it? What qualifies him to negotiate policy in Africa? What makes you think he won’t make things worse? How does he, and you, know he is working with the right people on the right side? What is the right sode? Why in the FUCK di I care what happens in Africa when so much is going wrong here in the USA? African countries chose their path of dictatorship and allowed corrupt gov’ts to take all the wealth with the promise of redistribution and free stuff for all. How’s that working out? But, alas, idiots like you fail to see reality in these countries and have elected a POTUS who wants to test it out in our country. Go stick your head back up Obama’s ass and hope he comes around like Clinton did.

      • scubaski00

        Awesome answer !!!

    • pocketfrog

      I think the hate is more about a news program saying that an actor – in his spare time, mind you – is “trying to end war in Africa.” A bit exaggerated, wouldn’t you agree?

    • Garth Haycock

      It’s exactly that he’s an actor that we can’t take him seriously. He’s made a career of playing make believe and like pretty much every other actor around, particularly those who lean left, he thinks that playing make believe qualifies him to do something in the real world. If you can’t recognize that, you’re as delusional as they are.


      Not just for him being an actor, I hate all Democrats, Liberals, Marxist, communist and YOU

    • NRPax

      Tell you what; I’ll print out a “good job” ribbon for him. Will that make it better? And to be blunt, Africa is not going to solve its problems by basking in the loving glow of Ben Affleck.

    • BeeKaaay

      What is he doing to end the war in Africa? Push leftwingwackoism?

    • Lisa Dean

      I can’t take anyone serious who doesn’t understand the way things work in Africa. They engage in tribal wars and gang wars which is hard enough to understand. They really live by the code “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” and that can change from day to day. They don’t have clear goals and they’re not fighting to take over the country of Africa. So, to repeat my first sentence, no I can’t take anyone serious who thinks he can end the war in Africa.

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      Spoken like a true jerkoff who gets his opinions from Hollyweird trash.
      Screw you.

    • stuckinIL4now

      Since when is it our responsibility, much less that of a two-bit lousy actor, to end wars in Africa? Let them resolve their own problems.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      Idiots like afleck are why the world hates Americans, they go in utterly uninformed, make idiotic pronouncements, ignore the root causes of the strife, & then go back to their luxury home while the people in Africa are left in poverty & their corrupt governments are kept afloat by U.S. Foreign aid.

    • Catchance

      Ah, Tony. I’m doing NOTHING to try to end the war in Africa, because NOTHING can be done. As long as you’ve got war lords in Africa who only care about themselves and their power and don’t give a rat’s a** about the people, it’s going to go on. What I DO is donate to compassionate charities who buy chickens and dig wells, who send doctors and nurses and medicine. So, what are you doing? Statistics show that progressives give the least to charity of anyone, so my guess is nothing.

      Also, you might check on the word “hate” which you like to fling about a lot. Most of us don’t hate Ben Affleck. We don’t hate you. We are laughing at you, because you’re both such twits, but hate? Nah.

  • Garth Haycock

    If Affleck can’t end the war in the Congo, what hope is there for peace anywhere?

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    “You guys are such haters!”
    Sputters TonyM3.

    “You all should just shut up!” he says, insisting– while emulating his Obamassiah DerDingleberry– on their free speech rights.

    “What are you doing to help Africa?” he asks angrily.

    Why, we’re keeping DerDingleberry as pResident.

    What nobler sacrifice can a nation make? Why, none, sir. None.

  • Spiegels

    Before going unhinged with sarcastic criticism, a thoughtful conservative might try to find out what the guy is actually doing. What if it was Gary Sinise or Kelsey Grammar, Clint Eastwood, or Charleton Heston (RIP)? I am a total Reaganite, and none of you criticize him for being an activist as a conservative before he ran for office. What about when he was a Democrat? I watched Affleck and he actually came off as having knowledge of the situation, which is more than I can say, and I would guess is more than any of you who are making fun of him can say. I find more idiots and meanness on the left, but they don’t have it all even though they have the market share.

  • digitalPimple

    Well when you need to ignore what your party (Dems) is actually doing in congress you need to fill the time slot with someone I guess. Anyone will do apparently.


    OK, Ben and the rest of the movie stars who pine for hardships in other countries; ought to observe ours. But they can’t, because they live in a bubble and where ever the bubble floats; so do their ‘humanitarian concerns.’ It’s really hard to watch movies or buy music these days knowing that though many are talented folks, they are clueless idiots.

  • Lisa Dean

    I’m a bit concerned that Ben is just now realizing there’s a war in Africa. It’s been going on in one area or another in Africa for as long as I can remember and I’m 44.

  • Jack Deth

    Good luck with that one, Ben

    Culture and technology have been battling Tribalism throughout Africa for many decades and still comes up short.

    • NRPax

      Jack, did you ever read Kim duToit’s essay “Let Africa Sink”? Worth the read if you can find it.

      • Jack Deth

        Hi, NRPax:

        I caught the essay through a link at Free Republic back in 2003. Helped me maintain my belief that Africa has been and will always be a self destructive powder keg. And that we should pull out our tax payer funded aid. Sit on the sidelines and let nature take its course.

        Something that will never happen with the advent of liberalism, white guilt and political correctness.

        • NRPax

          In an ideal world we’d let nature take its course and colonize the remains. But we still don’t have an ideal world.

  • scubaski00

    Hey don’t we have a president from framing Kenya?? Hmmmmm. Maybe HE could lend a little…oh I dunno influence and single handedly end the wars in Africa. You know where his peeps reside???

  • freeinaz

    They should have asked about his expert opinion on Benghazi too. After all. Libya is in Africa and he appears to have more knowledge about things there than Clinton and Rice. Plus, being from Hollywood, he would have the HD video to reference.

  • Steve_J

    Than Affleck should give up his day job and move to the Congo and lead peaceful protests, full time, against the warring factions. If he succeeds, more power to him.

  • medicinewomantwo

    Actor and analysis, shouldn’t be used in the same sentence. I thought everyone knew this.

  • Guest

    I bet if word got out in Africa that Affleck knocked boots with J-Lo, peace would come immediately.

  • Chris Mears

    How many people in Africa would even know Ben Affleck if they saw him let alone care what he thought?

  • Jenny Swanson Angelo

    All these comments are so sad and so ill-informed. Maybe do your research on the Congo before you go bashing someone trying to actually help a humanitarian crisis. At least he’s using his fame towards good. And yes, the US is a BIG part of the issue in Africa. It’s our desires to have the latest and greatest tech gadgets that keep this war a brewing as it is…research it – 70% of the world’s coltan comes from the area at war (this is the part that keeps your devices working). Don’t mind the 5 million lives that have been lost there and the 4.6 million orphans left to fend for themselves. Have some perspective and look outside the narrow walls of your American freedoms.

    • Lisa Dean

      Actually, tantalum capacitors (which are made from colton) are in all circuit boards. Circuit boards are found in all electronic devices, not just cell phones, including the computer you and I are typing on. It’s not just the US who uses electronic devices so please don’t make this a US only issue. International buyers have been asked to find other sources for coltan based on ethical issues. Colton (tantalum) can be found in other countries such as Egypt, Venezuela, Malaysia, the US and others. The reason why all of the humanitarian efforts that have been in place for decades don’t work in the Republic of Congo is because things there never get better and the battle is always picked up by another faction or leader. I’m not saying this makes it right, however, a bit of perspective regarding the history of Africa, The Republic of Congo, Samalia, Rwanda, Mogadishu etc and their wars goes a long way as well.

      • Samh09

        Good answer.

    • Catchance

      Sigh… you sound like a pageant contestant who just wants “world peace”. The U.S. is not the underlying cause, which is the War Lords who have for decades fought each other, taking over one territory after another (look at the myriad name changes for the countries over there over the years) and not giving a flying fig for any of the people caught in the cross-fire. If you think that ANYONE is going to be able to stop it you are delusional. If Ben really wants to help he can donate money to charitable organizations who go over there and dig wells, bring chickens and vegetable seeds, corn, and wheat. Historically, progressives (ie Democrats) give the least amount to charity… I wonder how much Mr. Affleck has given in actual, you know, dollars?

  • Mike James

    Ben Assflick ain’t that bad. He once told me “fuck off” at a gas station and then peeled out in his super expensive car.

    • Samh09

      That sucks dude.

  • Samh09

    I guess playing Marvel superhero character Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the 2003 movie went to Ben’s head. Now he really thinks he is a superhero. Oh dear!

  • $129448

    I guess playing a superhero in a movie makes you a real life superhero?

  • Lin Jarvis

    I think we have found obama a nominee for Secretary of State.

  • Chance Boudreaux

    Is Affleck going to drop DVD copies of Gigli on Africa? THAT might work!

  • lainer51

    Hey Ben, have you been hearing about brutal and terrible things happening on the Mexican border (Brian Terry) or in Benghazi (Chris Stephens) or do you, like Barry, have selective hearing???????

  • lillymckim

    Good grief Ben Affleck who now has “activist/actor” after his name which now qualifies as “THE NEWS” for This Week?

    ABC’s This Week might as well call “A HOLLYWOOD STAR” news they haven’t done REAL news in over 5 years!
    Why not?
    BTW I thought Clooney was “hand picked” for the activist for Africa job?


  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Of course you dear. Now go work it all out with your press agent, then go stretch out for a nap. You’re a doing a commercial for hemorrhoid suppositories this afternoon.

  • mcarVA

    So Ben’s job is to pretend to be other people, and that somehow qualifies him as a foreign policy expert? What a joke. In the real world, Ben, nobody cares what you have to say about anything.

  • $30756787

    With Disney’s 2012 version of the Mickey Mouse Club, Mouskateer George Steponallofus announces, “it’s anything can happen day.’ Everyone is kind of not understanding until Georgie takes his cue from the Obama staffer off stage, telling him to hit Mitt with that war on women meme. It works. Big envelope of cash for you and the delightful Brian Ross. Diane Sawyer got her payoff in chapagne election night. Hickup!

  • gekkobear

    Did he get the entire Film Actor’s Guild to push for peace and to end all hostilities with everyone who hates us?

    Oh wait, you’re saying Team America: World Police was a fictional movie?

    Are you sure?


  • DANEgerus

    Obama sends US troops to Africa anyway, to stop prophet slander?