Anthony Mackie has stirred controversy on Twitter for his take on Marvel fans rooting for a romance between his and Sebastian Stan’s characters. During Thursday’s episode of Variety’s “Awards Circuit” podcast, Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson, AKA Falcon, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was asked about fans “outright wanting Sam and Bucky (Barnes, played by Stan) to become a couple.” Mackie, who stars alongside Stan in the Disney+ miniseries “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” replied that “in this day and age, so many things are twisted and convoluted.” “There’s so many things that people latch onto with their own devices to make themselves relevant and rational,” he added. Mackie went on to say that “the idea of two guys being friends and loving each other in 2021 is a problem because of the exploitation of homosexuality.” “It used to be guys could be friends, we could hang out, we could do this, and it was cool,” he continued. “You would always meet your friends at the bar, but you can’t do that anymore, because something as pure and beautiful as homosexuality has been exploited by people who are trying to rationalize themselves.”
“Anthony Mackie actually made a really good point about sensitivity in men being perceived incorrectly as a gay trait, and y’all intentionally misinterpreted the statement because… this is Twitter and we thrive off of negative attention, I guess,” wrote @CadenToMyHazel.
“I get the point Anthony Mackie was trying to make but he definitely should’ve worded it better,” wrote @AdvitInHiding. “Its totally not wrong for gay people to wish to see representation on the big screen, in the world’s biggest franchise. Also idk why he compared being a Superhero to being masculine…”
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