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Hulk actor calls wife-beating pipeline protester “strong and compassionate”

Keean Bexte

November 19, 2021


Marvel actor Mark Ruffalo has given a new meaning to his catch phrase, “Hulk smash,” after throwing his support behind indigenous activist, pipeline blockader, and convicted wife-beater Frank Alec.

Alec, who goes by Chief Woos, is an outspoken First Nations chief with a sordid history of violently beating his wife when he’s not representing indigenous communities in the Wet’suwet’en area in B.C.

He’s stayed relevant by acting as the spokesperson for indigenous peoples fighting against pipeline development in B.C., recently claiming that “We mean no harm” even as RCMP officers were forced to arrest 14 of his and another chieftain’s tribesmen who set fire to a vehicle and barricaded the road to prevent workers from doing their job.

But that isn’t the only thing Alec is known for doing.

In 2020, Keean Bexte revealed that Alec pleaded guilty in 1999 to domestic assault against his wife, eventually being sentenced to what amounted to 150 hours of community service rather than nine months of incarceration.

Unfortunately, Ruffalo, possibly motivated by a sense of environmental protectionism, has come out to support Alec and his tribesmen.

“This is Chief Woo. He is the kind of leader the world needs: fair, honest, approachable, strong, compassionate and wise,” (sic) Ruffalo writes in a tweet. “He is fighting for the life of his people and the planet. Amazing. #AllOutForWedzinKwa

Ruffalo is unlikely to know the details of Alec’s violent history, which is anything but “compassionate,” and simply is responding to what he views as a grassroots movement against a corporation rather than a talking head who beats his wife.

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