Andrew Garfield shades capitalism: ‘Money is God. And that’s a shame’


I’m not a fire-breathing Ayn Rand fan, but after reading Andrew Garfield’s Daily Beast interview, I just have to say, for the record, I LOVE capitalism. People throw shade at capitalism and Americans for “worshipping the dollar,” but I’m so happy I live in a capitalist democracy rather than a socialist society, a theocracy, an oligarchy or whatever else you’ve got. Capitalism isn’t perfect, but no economic system is and I’d rather stick with our current system and fix the flaws, you know? And it bugs me a little bit to read a wealthy actor like Andrew talk about how “it’s a shame” that we Americans worship the dollar. Suck it, dude.

Garfield’s comments come in the midst of this new interview with The Daily Beast (you can read the full piece here). He was in TIFF to promote 99 Homes, a story about a carpenter (played by Garfield) who loses his home and then goes to work for the real estate broker (played by Michael Shannon) who kicked him out of his home. Some highlights from the interview:

The power of community: “I feel like this movie can be one very small step back towards caring for each other within a community. We’ve been taught that the only way to have worldly success is by trampling on each other and literally beating each other. The film speaks to the power of community, and the power of knowing that if I hurt you, I hurt myself. We live in a very cynical world of people assassinating each other from a distance without any human consequence. The Internet is a big example of that.”

The hacked photo scandal: “It’s disgusting. ‘I have a right to your naked body or images that you’ve sent to your husband, or lover.’ It’s disgusting. It’s this violent, abusive violation of womanhood—of divine womanhood. It’s violent, and it’s misogynistic, and it’s revolting, and it’s another example of what this distance has enabled us to do—it’s enabled us to be disassociated from each other. There’s enough awful s–t coming from it that hopefully we’ll get to the point of, “OK, wait a second.” What’s scary is that we haven’t reached that point yet, and there hasn’t been a referendum put on it. The Internet is the new Wild West. There’s a guy now taking these pictures and putting them up in an art gallery. What f–king right does he have to do that? It’s absolutely revolting.”

September 11th and capitalism: “They attacked the tallest building. In the olden days, you weren’t allowed to build any higher than the church in a village, town, or city. Legally, the church was to be the highest building, and everything else had to be an inch below. You know what the religion of a city is by the tallest building. So, what’s the religion of New York City? It’s a dollar bill. Trade. That’s God. Money is God. And that’s a shame. But we’re all somehow part of it and chained to the system. The beautiful thing about the film is that it’s not going to change the world, but it can bring us closer together as a community. It’s hard to create a community when all we’re trying to do is f–k each other over. Recently, I’ve been having not an allergic reaction, but a panicked response to cities. It’s weird to have so many people living together in a 2-mile plot of land.”

[From The Daily Beast]

Dude… you have panic attacks because Manhattan feels too cramped? Then move somewhere else with your millions of dollars. “Trade. That’s God. Money is God. And that’s a shame. But we’re all somehow part of it and chained to the system.” Then go live on a farm in the middle of nowhere. For the love of God. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for bringing communities together and “it takes a village” (which is true, it DOES take a village) and all of that. But you can do that within a capitalist republic.

Oh, and there’s also a lengthy discussion about whether the second Spider-Man movie was a hot mess of jumbled characters and Andrew defends the film and basically says it wasn’t his fault. Blah, I still haven’t seen those movies. I did like what he said about the hacked photos, although “divine womanhood” made me nauseous.


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  1. lower-case deb says:

    is he auditioning for the role of Chewbacca?

  2. ds says:

    What is going on here; the hair, the beard…reminds me of this:

    And for the record I love men with beards; just mostly the ones who know how to work it.

  3. Abbott says:

    If that Spiderman money is such a shame, I’ll take some of it off your hands, Andy.

    • Michelle says:

      Exactly. My first reaction too. Hypocrite. He shades capitalism but has no problem with making/taking more and more money. The same thing with Leo Dicaprio – he is so eco but he owns mansions, flies private, charters big yachts and of course it doesn’t have any impact on natural environment in his case because… he drives prius. Another one Cameron Diaz she’s so eco friendly because she flashes her toilet only after number two. I can not with these people. Just shut up.

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        He is not dissing capitalism in general, he is just critising the flaws. At least that’s how I read it. Having a high-paying job doesn’t make him a hypocrite for pointing the flaws of capitalism.

      • FLORC says:

        There’s too much here we can’t know. If he’s living what he’s preaching.
        I see this as if he’s claiming money is the root of all evil in society, but then asking for a pay raise for his next movie.
        With his great wealth he’s in a better position than most to make if only a small change in the world. And I don’t see him doing that.

        I wonder if he pays all people working for him equal wage or on a sliding scale?

        He’s complaining about things he can change, but hasn’t/won’t.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I believe Warren Buffet has a similar message, and it means a hell of a lot more coming from him.

    • lisa says:

      it’s so cute when rich people hate money

    • Sarah says:

      Why is it that some rich people seem to bitch about capitalism all the while still hanging on to their money?? He could give away most of his money while still living OK if it bothers him that much. He could set up a foundation and help those who aren’t very well served by capitalism.

      Words are just words, Andrew. I take you seriously when I see some action. And that’s not just bitching. I am a lawyer and I do thousands of dollars of free work every year for people whose Legal Aid money runs out before their case finishes, so I just keep working for no money. I do it because it’s the right thing to do (helping people). I would be sincerely curious to know what Andrew is doing in his community.

    • GirlyGirl says:

      Yeah, its really easy to “rage against the machine” when you’re wealthy.

      Champagne socialists are my least favorite type of hypocrite

      • Evadstructn says:

        Champagne socialist, exactly. Hes covered all the bases of social sciences jargon in this interview- He sounds like a humanities undergrad (and I was one too), drinking the neomarxist kool aid.

    • uninspired username says:

      LOL I “love” when rich people talk like he does.

  4. betsy says:

    Time for him to come back to the UK and stop searching for US fame. I can’t take him seriously when he’s spent years sucking up to the US. Come home and do some british theatre.

  5. Dolce crema says:

    He has a point there
    What’s the red thing?

  6. Ally.M says:

    He has a point. I hope his comments are going to be taken out of context. But whether you agree with him or not, at least he’s not too scared to voice his opinion. There are too many bland, a**e licking movie stars out there.

    • Sullivan says:

      +1 He articulately expressed his opinion on an interesting subject. Refreshing, actually.

      • Petrichor says:

        I agree.

      • Birdix says:

        Well, we are not taught that to have success we must “literally beat” each other so that was not articulate at all.. And while I vaguely understand what he meant by the WTC representing money, most of the people who worked and died there were not worshipping money as God, they were just going to work so they could pay the bills like anyone else.

      • Birdix says:

        Taking a breath… I realize Americans are more sensitive to this, and downtown New Yorkers in particular. Trying to look at it with a more reasonable eye… He says they attacked the tallest building, which represented that the city deified trade and the dollar, and that that’s “a shame.” He doesn’t say either way whether the attack was justified. I still don’t like it, because it seems too close to a justification. But have stopped trembling with outrage.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @Birdix. You’re right with both comments. I get what he’s saying as well, but he kind of reminds me of some of my hipster friends who work in creative fields. They spend a lot of time shading people that work in corp America and painting us with a broad brush–as if we all sold our souls to The Man because we all have dollar signs in our eyes, when really most of us are just doing our best to pay the rent.

        On another note, I loved what he said about the photo hacking. I’m so happy so see a male celeb calling that incident out for what it was. As much as I dislike him, he gets my full respect for that.

      • Petrichor says:

        He was in no way justifying the attack, but given the timing of his comments, I can see how people would be sensitive.

        All he is saying is that the tallest building was the focus of the attack (because it was the easiest target?), and while historically the tallest buildings would have been churches, now they are skyscrapers that house corporations. So we’ve gone from valuing God most to valuing money, in terms of the physical signifiers that we create to illustrate our cultural priorities.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Yeah ok but in my opinion, valuing God most isn’t exactly the ideal either. If I take his comment to mean “our values as a society have shifted” then of course, I completely agree with him.

        What I take issue with is his romanticizing of the past, as if the 18th century (and prior centuries) was a bowl of cherries and people had their values right back then. NO, you likely lived a short life that ended by dying in combat or from some epidemic like the measles or the plague. People had it ROUGH back then. Yes it was a simpler existence, but it was also a much harsher one, without all of the modern-day conveniences that are a byproduct of *Evil Capitalism*. It’s just such an oversimplification on his part.

        Also, not to get technical, but the inception of new steel structures in the 19th century had more to do with the creation of skyscrapers than a malfunction in the national moral compass. It’s really more of a natural trend that leads to a sustainable economy, it’s not just about the worship of material goods.

        He sounds like a gloomy hipster, and I like hipsters, but this is a bit much for me.

      • FLORC says:

        I love what he said also about the photo hack, but consider this… Andrew has had such a history of putting his foot in his mouth regarding events and women. I almost think he’s so well stating an opinion here he’s parroting Emma’s stance on this. This sounds more like her as well.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @FLORC–My first thought when I read his comments: “Ooooh, Emma has trained you well, Garfield.”
        Still, he spoke out against it and I respect that.

  7. Jules74 says:

    You’re fooling yourself if you think you’re living in anything but an oligarchy. True capitalism would be fine.

    • Kiddo says:

      Yep on the oligarchy.

      • Janet Planet says:

        Exactly. I found the beginning of this article rather embarrassing. And the U.S. could do with a bit of socialism. Look at Norway and Sweden. Free education, child care and health care for everyone.

    • Sixer says:

      That’s what I was going to say!

    • Kate says:

      Very true.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      I was going to say the same. We’d be doing fine if we actually were capitalist. We turned into an oligarchy quite a long time ago. It’s destroying us. I really wish more people actually studied economics and had some idea of what they were talking about. I found his thoughts refreshing.

    • Petrichor says:

      Thank you!

    • maybeiamcrazy says:


    • Mel M says:

      Exactly Jules. “It’s hard to create a community when all we’re trying to do is f*** each other over” so so true.

      I’m still waiting for my new credit card to come in the mail since I had to cancel the old one that some one had made a physical counterfeit copy of and tried to use it at a western union, ugh.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Thank you! Will you please educate Garfield about this very important distinction?


      Sorry, couldn’t help it.

    • sadezilla says:

      For sure. It’s scary that in a “democracy,” lobbyists representing big business carry so much more weight than the voters.

    • Melly says:

      Totally agreed on the oligarchy. And from what I can tell he never said the word “capitalism” so perhaps Andrew knows that we live in an oligarchy too. I love that he said this.

    • Jaybird says:

      I totally agree, and was about to post something similar with a small addition: if you think that there is no level of theocracy in the government, or that many voters do not base their ballot decisions on which candidate touts the most Christian talking points, then you are living in a dreamworld.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        Since this country was founded largely by Christian immigrants seeking religious freedom, that is hardly surprising.

    • Wilma says:

      A lot of people seem to forget that there is a difference between capitalism and democracy. I wouldn’t call Russia a democracy though it’s an extremely capitalist country at the moment. Nor is Saudi-Arabia a shining example of a democracy, despite the capitalism there. Some of the most democratic countries in the world (according to the democracy index) are not pure capitalistic. Sweden, for instance, has a strongly regulated economy.

  8. Jennylee says:

    Will someone please find the cure for celebrity interview stupidity?

  9. Frida_K says:

    Maybe he should get together with Shailene Woodley. The could hang out together and complain, and he could admire her divine womanhood as she suns her naughty bits.

  10. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Then give all of your money to the poor instead of whining about buildings being taller than churches. Do you really want to go back to those times? Ugh.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      He didn’t say people shouldn’t have money. And he was making the point that the tallest building shows where our priorities are. Greed and money are not the same thing. Cake is good: gluttony and eating disorders are not. Money and resources are good: irresponsible greed without any thought to consequences and a system that is slanted to only the wealthiest at the expense of everyone else in the community isn’t.

      • Kiddo says:

        That was very well put.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        If only he’d said that, I might not think he was such a jackass.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Yeah I got what he was saying but I agree with Goodnames. A church being the tallest building in the village as an example of the Good Ol’ Days?
        Um, nothankyou.

        I think craft breweries should be the tallest building. Beer-worship FTW!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yeah, just ignore me today. I’m so upset about the Pistorius verdict, I’m just taking it out on this twerp. He has a point. But O’Kitten has a much better idea. Is 9:43 too early to have a beer?

      • mia girl says:

        O’Kitt- I’m TOTALLY with you on the craft brewery idea.
        Related – have you watched Brew Dogs on the Esquire channel? It’s my new favorite program.

        GNAT – it’s five o’clock somewhere in the world. Cheers! 🍻

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        No, Mia but it sounds amazing! I don’t have cable so I miss out on everything 🙁
        Maybe I can find it online?

        Cheers, ladies!

  11. little_blu says:

    He never said money isn’t necessary. It’s a means to an end. He’s saying it’s a shame it is worshipped like God. I thought that was pretty obvious, actually

    • Kate says:

      Right? There’s a difference between being anti-capitalist or a socialist and just not liking the way money is valued above all else. This article makes it sound like he went on some big ‘money is evil’ rant when all he’s saying is it’s not everything and it’s a bit sad when people treat it like it is.

    • sigh((s)) says:

      Me too. I thought all his comments rang very true. He didn’t deny he was part of that system. If straight up capitalism worked so well, we wouldn’t have to make laws that protect workers from their employers exploiting them. no system is perfect. Most are far from it.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I agree that ‘s what he’s saying.

    • Petrichor says:

      I’ve been trying to reply a little up thread to say something similar, but my comment keeps getting eaten.

      Anyway, you guys are more or less saying what I wanted to, so I’ll just throw in my +1 here.

    • Nclark6 says:

      Thank-you!!!! I don’t even like Andrew Garfield but some of the comments I don’t follow. Critiquing a system that worships God (capitalism) on his part may come from a place of wanting to make it better, not necessarily wanting to be Karl Marx. Many of his criticisms are valid. Capitalism and the greed it engenders creates just as many problems as it solves because it is a consumptive based system. Despite what some people naively continue to believe, pure capitalism is an impossibility (human nature makes a completely rational consumer wIth full access to information an impossibility). Human nature means that in a capitalistic system people will try and screw each other over to gain advantages(not everyone will but the system rewards those who do so it incentivizes this behavior). Capitalism picks winners and losers (all too often a few winners and an increasingly larger pile of losers so we end up with flawed capitalism that morphs into oligarchy). Not to say that any economic system is perfect but unlike other economic systems capitalism is held up as a system that is impervious to criticism because it endures. The dirty little secret of capitalism is that it would be unsustainable without government intervention, and it would have gone off the rails a long time ago. Capitalism has become a system that privatizes gains but subsidizes losses. I’m an American and I believe in capitalism (it has a lot of positives that I could also go in to) but I also believe it is a flawed system, and the best way to deal with these flaws is to recognize them so that they can be fixed or at the very least managed. Finally to those people shading him for criticizing capitalism because he makes money, I’m not sure I follow the logic. Only poor people can criticize capitalism? By this logic then could only Black people criticize Jim Crow since they were the ones getting screwed over by it. If you’re a part of a system and you see inequity you should be able to criticize it whatever your position. In fact sometimes it those people who get listened to when the cries of the people getting screwed over by a system are ignored. Andrew may not arguing for equality, he may instead be arguing for equity(there’s a huge difference between these two concepts) and I don’t think that would necessarily make him a hypocrite without more context.

      • lindi says:

        +1 on the majority of your comments . Though I think if you can say pure capitalism would work great you can also say pure communism could work great. History has shown that pure anything doesn’t really occur – that said I am not a fan of capitalism – in fact I am not a fan of any system that people hang on to due to some bizarre cultural bias rather than being willing to say – you know what this is not working for the majority – lets change it. And that is supposed to be democracy which I think of all the ideas is the best – but democracy is not an economic system – and a democracy does not have to be capitalistic to work . In fact if you think about capitalism and democracy kinda of work against each other – the best economic match for democracy is a striving for a is some sort of socialism.

      • Petrichor says:

        Thank you for this excellent explanation. Though I don’t know if anyone’s in the mood to consider an alternate point of view in this thread. People seem pretty entrenched in their opinions on this one.

  12. savu says:

    Besides the capitalism stuff I just rolled my eyes at, I’m happy to see a man who “gets it” from a large perspective on the photo scandal. Emma is a feminist and she and Andrew totally discuss those types of things. (Cue the video where she cuts in to ask him why Spiderman making his own costume was feminine.) Gotta love men standing up for women!

  13. Renee says:

    I am not going to shade him here. I like what he had to say and even how he said it, although the “divine womanhood” did give me pause but he is English and they employ certain turns of phrase differently. I find that North American society often is cutthroat and lacking in empathy. I think that there is definitely a connection between our pursuit of material goods and our indifference/callousness towards others. This is reflected in the shift in the things that we value and the way that we play loose and fast with our sense of morals and ethics…I am not being very cohesive or articulate in my thoughts here but I don’t think that his position as a celebrity or someone who is wealthier than most people means that we should disregard what he has stated.

    I also think that countries in which there is an overlap between capitalist/democratic and socialist political frameworks tend to be the ones that rate in higher quality of life and happiness for their citizens. I am thinking of countries like Canada and Sweden…places where there exists things like, substantial maternity/parental leaves, universal healthcare, strong public education, etc.

    • Duckie says:

      I second this. It seems crazy to me that in the US there are people who are hostile to universal health care for the fear of ending up like a socialist country. The countries you mentioned have the perfect balance.

      • Petrichor says:

        Canadian here. I’d say we have far from the perfect balance, but I definitely prefer our system over the American one which, unfortunately, the majority of our politicians (particularly the right-of-centre ones) seem to be trying to emulate. I’d love to live in an even more socialist society like Sweden.

        Having just come off of my second year-long maternity leave, and writing this from a hospital bed while recovering from major surgery for which I will not receive a bill in a month, I’ll still happily take what we’ve got.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Many people in the US are ignorant of the meaning of these terms. They pick talking heads and turn their thinking over to them, they don’t bother cracking the book and doing the reading, they go for the Cliff notes. Also they pick a team and stick with it at the polls. Our country is a mess because nobody wants to deal with it. We would rather drink beer and watch football than clean house in Washington. I’m just as guilty as all my fellow citizens, I was young and idealistic but I hit the brick wall of reality and now, I’m just jaded and depressed. But I do still vote, however pointless it feels.

  14. Tig says:

    Read any Micheal Lewis book on the great financial meltdown and subsequent government bailout, and you may get his point. Money isn’t inherently evil- practices like predatory lending are pretty close to it. The movie sounds interesting. He does need to trim that beard- Jeremiah Johnson he’s not!!

  15. Josefa says:

    You’re taking his comment out of proportion. He simply said American society is obsessed with money. And… eh… he’s got a point? When Emma Watson got her literature grad people were like “oh that will take her nowhere”, as if pursuing an education for the pure hunger of knowledge was a completely unthinkable idea. If you can admit capitalism isn’t perfect and there’s stuff to fix, I think the worshipping of the dollar bill is one of them.

    I’m far from a Garfield apologist but I read that answer 3 times and I fail to see what’s so wrong about it. If you Americans think this dude has an extremist take on criticizing capitalism, you clearly haven’t read much books on the subject.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      No need to generalize to all Americans, there are plenty of supportive posts for him here, mine included. We’re a diverse bunch, all voices can be heard in the US and especially in the “Wild West” of the Internet.

  16. Duckie says:

    I think it’ s a very compelling argument. He’s actually discussing the flaws of capitalism and most important he admits he’s part of the system. I don’t see how he wouldn’t be in the position to comment on the topic.
    I totally agree there’s difference between capitalistic theory and a money-obsessed society which values money above its members.

    • Steph says:

      So if not capitalism,then what Socialism or Communism,where the government dictates as to what you can earn and where crony capitalism is practiced where people with the money make the rules and kill the entrepreneurial spirit? You can always find flaws in every system.

      • Petrichor says:

        “where crony capitalism is practiced where people with the money make the rules”

        Isn’t that pretty much the current state of affairs?

      • Yeah says:

        We don’t have crony capitalism now?

      • Duckie says:

        Of course there are flaws in those sytems too. I don’t see how he should discuss the flaws of a socialist or a communist society since A. he doesn’t live in one and B. it’s not the topic of the movie. Also since when is being critical of the flaws of capitalism = being a die hard communist?

      • Steph says:

        Yes,we do have crony capitalism now because the government is literally picking the winners and losers. If you do not buy influence then you will likely get mowed over by large corporations and billionaires like Gates,Zuckerberg,Steyers and Koch. It wasn’t always this bad. We need to get back to free market capitalism with less regulation. These regulations are designed to hurt the small guy,not the big guy. This is why the gap between rich and middle class is getting larger. Small business is getting squeezed out.

    • Steph says:

      Duckie…bottom line..these moronic movie stars,like chew baca,should not be lecturing about economics,especially when the one percenters like him have become extremely wealthy over the course of the last decade and the middle class is shrinking. End of comment!

    • angela says:

      Steph, you’re a full cat o’ nine tails of confusion.

      • Steph says:

        Angela….my over the top rant probably has a lot to do with my disdain for movie stars and Hollywood to lecture the people on political issues. His comment and shade towards capitalism just struck a nerve.

        I truly wish Hollywood stars would talk about their movies,how the movies were made,their training,their experiences during the movie etc….,Hollywood has become a huge arm of left leaning causes promoting big government policies…..I really wish actors and musicians would just get back to the business of acting and making music and shut the F up about politics and that goes for everyone,left or right.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        Everyone is entitled to their opinion, Steph, whether you agree with it or not, whether they’re an actor or not. You may not like his opinion or his platform but that is your problem, not his. This is America, not fascist Germany or Italy or Communist Russia or China and we all need to be grateful for the freedom to express and discuss these ideas, we’re damn lucky to have it.

  17. mimi says:

    I certainly hope that bushy beard is for a film role. He’s an attractive guy but that beard is not doing him any favors.

  18. Nebby says:

    I think your dislike of Andrew has clouded your judgement concerning anything he says. He may have been a dick previously but in this instance he has a point, one that he expresses pretty clearly. Worshipping money, not money itself, is sad and has lead to many problems.

    • Mingy says:


    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      He just plagiarized the famous mythologist Joseph Campbell who first said exactly what Garfield is saying here: that church steeples used to be the highest building in a town, now high-rises that house financial institutions are.

      I know I’m putting too much effort into arguing about this but Garfield is just so very basic. I can’t handle that people here are talking about the dude like he’s saying something profound.

      • Petrichor says:

        I don’t think we’re arguing that what he’s said is profound, just that it’s true. The article presents his statements is a way that predisposes readers to interpret them negatively, and some of us are just trying to point that out and add that his comments are accurate. But I agree, TOK, it’s not like he’s saying anything new or groundbreaking.

  19. stellalovejoydiver says:

    I always had the impression he was a douche, but this is a good interview.

  20. It is what it is says:

    He’s an idiot. Not everyone worships money, he chose to be an actor, and if he doesn’t want the money that goes along with it he can do something about it. And honestly if you’re getting people to take naked pictures of yourself and they’re leaked (Kate Upton, JLaw, etc)…there’s an expectation that the third party (photographer) might not be all that trustworthy

    • WendyNerd says:

      Except that they didn’t. They took those photos themselves, privately, on their damn phones, which was where the pics were sourced. So your victim-blaming holds no weight. How about you actually check the situation before speaking? Or does that require too much thought and effort?

      Oh and even if it were a third-party photographer, that doesn’t excuse what an epic violation of trust that is. That doesn’t change the fact that this was a crime. There is no excusing this, and there is no way on Earth this was the fault of the victims. You should be ashamed of yourself, your lack of empathy is exactly what has been spoken of. You embody it with your ignorance. If someone lets you take a naked pic of them with the understanding that it is to be private, then they have the right to expect it to be private.

      Oh, and BTW, even if the photos were taken by someone else, THE PHOTOS WERE STOLEN AND POSTED ONLINE BY HACKERS, NOT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS.

      Which anyone, after a five second google search, could have told you. So you have no idea what you’re talking about, and you’re looking for any reason to just shit on some women who were targeted and victimized. Your comments are pathetic, ignorant, callous, and all-around asinine.

  21. Chris says:

    Capitalism aspires for infinite growth. Infinite growth is not sustainable on a finite planet. The laws of nature will not yield to the laws of capitalism. Further more I have just returned from my Friday night drinking session with my work colleagues. So there’s that.

  22. Steph says:

    What Andrew is saying is that money is okay for him and the Hollywood crowd and the one per centers, it is just not good for the little people,because they are not responsible enough to spend it properly. What an idiot…I certainly will not buy a ticket to his movies.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yeah instead of having lunch at The Ivy with Emma, Garfield is gonna slaughter and clean some cows for dinner, then churn some butter like the Good Ol’ pre-capitalism days.

      • kri says:

        Perhaps the beard is because he will be anouncing he is going amish to illustrate his point. He will be shaving right quick after he has to build a barn, a church and assist in the birthing and clean-up of a cow. Or maybe the beard is honor of Karl Marx? Cause we all know some things look good on paper, but just ask anyone from a communist country if it was fun to live there.

    • G says:

      That is not at all what he is saying…he is saying we worship money so much we are willing to hurt other people to gain it. Maybe you should learn to comprehend what you read.

      • kri says:

        Maybe you should know that I understood everything he said, including that part of his statement. And that part is true. Some people will sell their grandmas for money-some people ruin countries and start wars for money. I know that. But when I hear someone who is wealthy beyond most of us spouting off about the system that overpays and glorifies him for being an actor, it gets to me. And I will say so. Maybe you should learn to comprehend that.

  23. Cupcake says:

    Straight up douche. If you hate money, give away all but what you need to get by to charity and then I will listen to what you have to say. Sophomoric, Andy, sophomoric!

  24. liser says:

    . He is right in a way that some people are money obessed and worship the dollar. Maybe he didn’t say it in the right way, but he is right somewhat. I don’t think he was trying to mock americans or anything. I think the author of this site missed the point just cos he/she doesnt like him. I am sure if Angelina or Brad said this, the author would be agreeing with them since she likes them. Such bias on this site some times.

  25. Duckie says:

    I find amusing how some people equated Andrew’s comment to “MONEY IS EVIL!!!!1 NOBODY SHOULD HAVE PRIVATE PROPERTY!!!1 I WANT TO LIVE IN A COMMUNIST SOCIETY!!!!!1” because that’s so far from what he was saying.

  26. Faith says:

    Its a shame socialism gets such a bad reputation, socialism isn’t all maoism or stalinism, capitalism doesn’t work either it works for a minority of people. I can’t imagine why socioeconomic equality is such an awful prospect.

  27. Lydia says:

    Boohoo, money rules the US. Boohoo, it’s so bad here. Go home, then, Andrew.

    • suziekew says:

      I’m not disagreeing with what he is saying about money and the evils it brings, I’m just pissed that he made it all about America. Are things that good in other countries and I just haven’t heard about them?

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      It’s sad you have no idea how our beautiful system of government has been corroded and undermined by capitalism and corporate interests. I guess you assume the economic down turn, the decimation of the middle class and the firm establishment of an oligarchy is vastly preferable to a truly democratic American way of life?

  28. Altariel says:

    Chaka, where’ve you been? Sorry showing my Land of the Lost age. That’s some serious head hairness on Mr. Garfield. Whoa.

  29. Maria says:

    i dont see anything wrong in what he said. he doesnt even attack money itself (which wouldnt make any sense as money is not capitalistic itself, it just makes trade easier)

    oh and the USA ARE a oligarchy not a democracy

    from the BBC:
    “Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

    In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.

    Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organisations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened. ”

    i mean it should be obvious if presidents have to have millions of dollars just for a campaign to be elected. who do you thinks pays over one hundred millions? the little man? or big companies that want something in return? in the usa this is seen as normal, even celebs do this proudly. in other countries famous people sucking up to power are booed, in the usa George Clooney plays Basketball with Obama while the latter orders drone strikes on people without a trial.

    this ridiculous misinformation about socialism is one of the reasons the usa dont even have a real health care system. countries like germany have that since the 80s. the 1880s.

    i wont even go into the Theocracy thats certainly established in the South. thats going to be a big problem in the future, with all those guns.

  30. jwc says:

    Divine Womanhood? Emma Stone has this dude completely p#ssy whipped. Good for here, lol.

    • Anath Pariah says:

      This is going to sound incredibly sexist of me, but I’ve yet to be wrong; generally men who impart such too-good-to-be-true feminist rhetoric are motivated by self-interest.

  31. Meandyou says:

    And by worshipping money, he of course means Wall St specifially which is right up the hipster alley. As if other industries such as oh, entertainment or sports aren’t filled with overpaid people.

    I also hate that he made it about America. Last I checked, London is the biggest financial center in Europe and the UK not exactly a socialist country.

  32. Al says:

    I can’t believe this^ is what passes as moviestar nowadays.

    “In the olden days, you weren’t allowed to build any higher than the church in a village, town, or city. Legally, the church was to be the highest building, and everything else had to be an inch below. You know what the religion of a city is by the tallest building. So, what’s the religion of New York City? It’s a dollar bill. Trade.”

    Yeah, I bet the seven-figures you make from those dumb comic book movies must really hurt your back and throw you into an existential crisis. It is because of that abominable ‘religion’ you are making all that dough and have security in life – for doing one of the easiest and most overpaid jobs in the world. And doing it not all that well, because nobody even cares about you as an actor outside Spiderman.

    Clueless and entitled moviestars who have no idea about what real life is… it is not surprising, but still infuriating somehow.

  33. Bob Loblaw says:

    I like what he said. I think people mistakenly believe we have a “level playing field” in our capitalism driven society and nothing could be further from the truth. Our “free” system is very heavily rigged and problems with our system of government are only reinforcing a deep economic divide between the haves and the have nots. Capitalism has it’s place but so does challenging the dominant paradigm and questioning the great virtue in pursuing the almighty dollar.

  34. Anath Pariah says:

    Okay, Emma Stone’s Boyfriend. Thank you for sharing.

    I’m so over being outraged about the leaked nudes. The same thing happened to me seven years ago, and I had no-one to defend me but myself.

    Never trust a male who identifies himself as a feminist.

  35. Anath Pariah says:

    His facial hair makes me rage. I hate that look. Some scruff can be very hot, but not when 75% of your face is covered in nappy hairs and you look like a pin head or paste-eater to begin with.

  36. Nymeria says:

    He looks like a dr. seuss character.
    and yes, america is an oligarchy.

  37. Lis says:

    Yeah … another little kid who knows everything … yawn.

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