Chuck Norris’ homophobic comments have resurfaced after his lookalike was spotted at the US Capitol riots.
As he was forced to deny participating in the US Capitol riots, fans of the ageing action hero are suddenly realising he isn’t as squeaky clean as they might have thought.
The 80-year-old actor and martial artist hit the headlines after a Trump supporter claimed to have seen him at last week’s insurrection on the Capitol, sharing a photo of a man who did indeed bear a striking resemblance to Chuck Norris.
His representatives insisted the man was just a lookalike and Norris was nowhere near Washington DC that day, but the mix-up fuelled fresh scrutiny over his views – and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture.
The star is a well-known Republican who proudly endorsed “friendly and sincere” Donald Trump in 2016, but he’d already been problematic for years at that point.
Chuck Norris slammed for homophobic article.
Back in 2012 Chuck Norris was accused of homophobia after he took to the shooting magazine Ammoland to claim that gay people have no place in the scouting movement.
His article lashed out at attempts to change a centuries-old policy that banned gay scouts and leaders, criticising Obama’s “pro-gay agenda” and accusing his administration of favouring homosexuals over Christians and US taxpayers.
Norris has also publicly endorsed the disgraced anti-LGBT+ Republican Ray Moore, a man who faced a judicial inquiry for illegally ordering probate judges to enforce a same-sex marriage ban in Alabama.
This was news to many fans of Chuck Norris (or just fans of Chuck Norris memes), who expressed their shock that a Trump-supporting “gun rights activist” could possibly harbour homophobic views.
CHUCK NORRIS IS HOMOPHOBIC???????????
— PUPPY DOG 🐾💘 💌 SEPHIROTH’S WIFE (@faeryfountain) January 12, 2021
I’m getting off the internet, I want to be dumb and happy and people telling me that Chuck Norris is actually a homophobic Christian is truly too much for me. Goodbye.
— the carbonegro effect (they/them) (@AkaKyloWilla) December 13, 2020
Welp, Chuck Norris is homophobic. We don’t have anyone powerful anymore. Who is the strongest now!? No one! He was our last hope, and he doesn’t like gay people! What will be do now? No one was as powerful as the Norris
— The Ultimate Funny Man (@bagofmysteryman) January 13, 2021
But the rumours of Chuck Norris’ involvement in the Capitol riots came as little surprise to others, who were only surprised that more people didn’t know of his true views until now.
— Mark Curtis ✊🏽🇨🇱❤🇺🇸✊🏽 (@DSPFilmsPro) January 12, 2021
Chuck Norris was a homophobic asshole long before he was revealed to be MAGA. Cancelling him is like cancelling a magazine subscription ten years after it’s been out of publication.
— Jase (@dammitalltohell) January 12, 2021
Chuck Norris the paragon of toxic masculinity is apparently rightwing and homophobic… pic.twitter.com/0vyLpiv9rl
— Val Vaien (@Valdrois) January 12, 2021
Despite his problematic anti-gay views, even Chuck Norris drew the line at supporting the “Trump terrorists” who stormed the Capitol.
He firmly distanced himself from the rioters, confirming to his fans on Twitter that he had not taken part in the insurrection and did not approve of the violence.
“I recently learned there was a Chuck Norris lookalike at the DC Capitol riots. It wasn’t me and I wasn’t there,” he said. “There is no room for violence of any kind in our society. I am and always will be for Law and Order.”