Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have enjoyed the partnership between Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson so much so that it would eventually spawn a clamor from people wishing they'd have a romantic relationship in the franchise. Sebastian Stan has been asked about the subject numerous times over the last couple of months and he seems to be cool with the idea of Bucky and Sam taking their "bromance" to the next level but apparently, Anthony Mackie isn't the biggest fan of the Sam-Bucky ship and he made it very clear during his recent conversation with Variety.
"You'd call it a bromance, but it's just literally two guys who have each other's backs," Anthony said during the interview. He even referred to the concept of Bucky and Sam being involved in a romance angle in the MCU as "exploitation of homosexuality". He added: "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 can be friends, we can hang out, and it was cool. 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."
Mackie's choice of words stunned many fans on social media and a lot of them were clearly upset, especially those who have been "shipping" their characters. Unsurprisingly, the entire situation led to him falling victim to cancel culture as fans began to call him homophobic.
Despite the immediate backlash he received for his "controversial" statement, some MCU fans quickly came to Cap's aid and defended the actor against people who have labeled him homophobic.
In his defense, Mackie's actual point obviously didn't come across the way he wanted it to and to quickly jump to the conclusion that he's actually homophobic is downright crazy. The actor has yet to address the matter on his official Twitter account but I gotta say, he doesn't need to explain anything to anyone. Hell, he doesn't even need to apologize for what he said which was clearly just taken out of context.
In other news, Anthony Mackie's journey as the star-spangled man continues in Captain America 4.
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