Jeb Bush said on Wednesday that he likes comic books because they promote capitalism, and that he’s looking forward to Supergirl because “she’s pretty hot,” the Guardian is reporting.
Speaking at the Libre Institute in Las Vegas (a conservative think-tank), Bush gave an hour-long policy speech before sitting down with a moderator for some lighthearted Q and A. When asked who is his favorite Marvel superhero, the 62-year-old Republican presidential candidate gave a vague non-answer.
“I like watching the movies. I wish I owned Marvel, as someone that believes in capitalism…. I don’t know, I’m kinda old school. I like the old school guys like Batman, a little dark these days.”
There are a couple of problems with that answer, not the least of which is that the question wasn’t whether or not he liked capitalism. There’s also the fact that Batman is a DC Comics character, not a Marvel superhero.
Then, he brought up Supergirl, who is also not a Marvel superhero (Supergirl is a DC property as well) and who happens to have a TV adaptation coming up soon (October 26 on CBS, to be specific).
“Supergirl is on TV, I saw it when I was working out this morning… There’s an ad promoting Supergirl? She looked kind of… she looked pretty hot. I don’t know which channel it’s on, but I’m looking forward to that.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) October 22, 2015
You can watch a portion of the exchange for yourself in the video below.
The statement elicited awkward laughter from the audience, and Jeb, possibly realizing that he may have made a gaffe, said, “That’ll make the news.” Sure enough, it didn’t take long before jokesters on social media were making light of the possible next President’s awkward and un-Presidential comments.
Jeb Bush: “I saw the new Supergirl” *everyone prays he won’t make it weird* Jeb: She’s hot
— Alex McClintock (@axmcc) October 22, 2015
Well, Jeb Bush just made thinking Supergirl is hot uncool. Will the Bush family ever stop destroying America?
— DreddPirateRoberts (@ABillionSuns) October 22, 2015
This is not the first time Jeb Bush has made a controversial statement. Not long after the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon, Bush, speaking of the topic of gun control in the aftermath of the shooting, drew criticism for seeming to blow off the event with the phrase, “Stuff happens.”
“It’s very sad to see, and I resist this notion because we had this challenge as governor – stuff happens. There’s always a crisis, and the impulse is always to do something and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”
To be fair, there is a world of difference between appearing somewhat cavalier about a mass shooting and noting that a 27-year-old woman (Melissa Benoist, who plays the titular character in Supergirl) is “hot.” Even if she’s 11 years younger than his youngest daughter.
Meanwhile, Melissa Benoist is earning rave reviews for her portrayal of Supergirl. Writing in the New York Times, TV critic James Poniewozic describes Supergirl (the show) as “average,” but can’t say enough good things about Benoit’s portrayal of the character.
“Supergirl is an average action show thus far, but its star is engaging. [Supergirl’s] first mission, saving a burning jet about to crash, is the pilot’s visual showpiece, but the most striking image is the glimpse you get of [Melissa] Benoist’s face as she hangs upside down bringing the plane to safety. She’s not just determined or straining — she’s exhilarated.”
Supergirl premieres Monday, October 26, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time; no word on whether or not Jeb Bush will be watching.
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