Actor Dean Norris has a message for capitalism supporters who are displeased about the sky-high gas prices they have been facing lately: They can just "stfu," Norris said, using an abbreviation for the profane expression shut the f*** up.
"Youre not getting 'robbed' at the pump. You're paying fair market price for a commodity. If you love Capitalism so much then stfu," Norris tweeted on Wednesday.
The actor, who has played roles in television shows such as "Breaking Bad" and "United States of Al," made the comment as Americans continue to face soaring gas prices. As of Thursday, the AAA national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $5.009.
"This comment is evidence that Dean knows nothing about fair or free markets or economics," RedState managing editor Jennifer Van Laar tweeted in response to the actor's remarks.
"It's not a fair-market price if government purposely creates scarcity to drive up the price," tweeted David Harsanyi, a senior editor at the Federalist.
Someone else responded to Norris's post by tweeting, "yeah those gas prices determined by the market that's totally free and not at all distorted by government."
"Another dimwit leftist rich actor spouting stupidity," someone else declared.
The Biden administration has been largely blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine for high fuel prices. The president recently issued a letter putting pressure on the leaders of major oil companies — according to Axios, the letter was directed to the leaders of ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP America, Shell USA, Phillips 66, Marathon, and Valero.
"Your companies and others have an opportunity to take immediate actions to increase the supply of gasoline, diesel, and other refined product you are producing and supplying to the United States market," Biden said in a the letter. "The lack of refining capacity — and resulting unprecedented refinery profit margins — are blunting the impact of the historic actions my Administration has taken to address Vladimir Putin's Price Hike and are driving up costs for consumers."
In a statement supplied to TheBlaze, a Chevron spokesperson said that "what we have seen since January 2021 are policies that send a message that the Administration aims to impose obstacles to our industry delivering energy resources the world needs."
Exxon issued a statement that noted, "government can promote investment through clear and consistent policy that supports U.S. resource development, such as regular and predictable lease sales, as well as streamlined regulatory approval and support for infrastructure such as pipelines."