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In a video from a recent Jack Ryan Q&A session, John Krasinski gave praise to the Central Intelligence Agency, and the internet was quick to put him on blast for it.
In the video, posted by user @dewybleach, Krasinski can be seen answering questions about his show Jack Ryan. The Q&A took place at a United Service Organizations event in Alconbury, England, ahead of the season 2 premiere. The Amazon Prime original, based on a series of books by Tom Clancy, focuses on Jack Ryan as an “up-and-coming CIA analyst,” according to IMBd, who frequently finds himself in the middle of dangerous field operations.
The clips were originally compiled by Tom Secker, a journalist who covers government influence in Hollywood.
Jack Ryan, the CIA and Venezuela - My new video essay breaking down Amazon's Jack Ryan as US government propaganda. Not to be missed. #CIA #DOD #Venezuela #Propaganda #politics #geopolitics #jackryan— Tom Secker (@spyculture) November 18, 2019
#entertainmentliaisonoffice #Amazon #Hollywood https://t.co/K20L1VFOUr
here’s a clip of a jack ryan q&a shown in the video.— (don’t laugh!) (@dewybleach) November 19, 2019
in it john krasinki says he comes from “a huge military family,” & wanted to do a show where he could talk to the CIA “about how *they* would like their character to be perceived.”
oops! https://t.co/0kdwXSLGXq pic.twitter.com/1XUyqAvUi1
Krasinski explains in the video that he comes from a “big military family” and that doing a show with a connection to the military was very important for him. He goes on to explain that he visited the CIA headquarters to get a better understanding of “how they would like their character to be perceived.”
Two additional videos followed where Krasinski can be heard giving praise to the CIA and saying that “the CIA is something that we should all not only cherish but be saying ‘thank you’ for every single day.”
“the CIA is something that we should all not only cherish, but be saying thank you for every single day.”— (don’t laugh!) (@dewybleach) November 19, 2019
impossible to listen to this guy for 5 seconds without snort laughing pic.twitter.com/NptG4QkfIB
The video was flooded with comments calling Krasinski a “bootlicker” and stating that Jack Ryan is CIA propaganda.
“I’ve lost any/all respect for him as he gives a tongue-bath to people who have facilitated such much death, chaos, and destruction throughout history & all over the world,” user @PricipledProg1 wrote.
The CIA’s history of surveillance and secret government operations make it a wellspring of conspiracy theories and distrust in the internet age.
Dude is proof the Intelligence agencies are joined at the hip with Hollywood & Corporate America.— Speaking_Tree (@PrincipledProg1) November 19, 2019
I've lost any/all respect for him as he gives a tongue-bath to people who have facilitated such much death, chaos, and destruction throughout history & all over the world.
“Love admitting that I went out of my way to make explicit propaganda for the CIA,” user @cazurinova wrote.
Love admitting that I went out of my way to make explicit propaganda for the CIA— Claudeson❔ (@cazurinova) November 19, 2019
Other users said they felt it would be hard for them to watch any of Krasinski’s other work, mainly the wildly popular sitcom The Office.
“It’s going to be difficult for me to rewatch The Office now,” user @strife_knot wrote.
It's going to be difficult for me to rewatch The Office now.— strifeknot (@strife_knot) November 19, 2019
Jim… Jim… Jim… Jim… Jim… pic.twitter.com/2w6nscYAcl— 🌹 Clark Feels The Bern (@Clarknt67) November 19, 2019
And others seemed completely unbothered by it.
“This show is awesome and I love it. Can’t wait for season 3,” user @djeremyw wrote.
This show is awesome and I love it. Can’t wait for season 3.— Jeremy Weeks (@djeremyw) November 19, 2019
Interesting, so it isn't Tom Clancy's fictional character? 🙃— His Shadow (@ObsrvyryxShadow) November 19, 2019
Krasinski hasn’t responded to the backlash.
This story has been updated to credit Secker for originally compiling the clips of Krasinski.
Collyn Burke is a senior journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin interning for the Daily Dot's editorial team and Two Girls One Podcast. Her work has previously appeared in the Daily Texan and the Texas Observer.