Anthony Mackie is an eloquent and intelligent man who was thrown under the bus by being asked a question designed to inflame people, and still gave a very thought provoking answer.
Anthony Mackie isn't responsible for the use of romantic cinematography and script choices in this any more than he is for a lack of fair gay representation in Hollywood leaving people to fill the void themselves. He's an actor. An actor who was essentially told 'hey, fans wanted this so why haven't you done it' and was expected to answer in a way that didn't go against the company's expectations, didn't offend or alienate fans, and was true to himself.
And he's right. Homosexuality is being exploited.
Fans contribute a great deal to that too. The fetishisation of male homosexual relationships has been a problem in fandom for years, especially of the characters that break away from toxic masculine traits and stereotypical masculinity. What happened with Sam and Bucky is just another example of this.
Tenderness between male characters has become synonymous with gayness and then fans feel hard done by when their perceived "gayness" isn't proven. Hollywood knows this, it uses it, and then fans take it out on the actors of the characters. This isn't new in fandom, and if you feel called out by what he said then it's because at least some part of you is contributing to it.
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