Today, Anthony Mackie appeared on the Wendy Williams show to promote his new movie: Black or White. During his segment, he chatted about his son, a funny poster-based incident at Michaels, the film itself...and how women should stick to traditional gender roles.
In case you missed that, here's what the Captain America actor has to say about a woman's place.
WW: You believe that in some cases, that men and women have roles?
AM: Oh yeah. YEEAH you better believe it! I'm from the south!
WW: Ok you say it, because people get mad when I say it. You're from the South, I'm only from Jersey, but I do believe, if he wants a sandwich...
AM: You make Daddy a sandwich!
At this point, the audience (unsurprisingly) gets a little upset, but Mackie decides to dig himself deeper, even cutting off the host who tries to mitigate this appalling remark with "most of the time".
AM: No! No! Let me ask you this. If me and you are out, and somebody say something slick to you, you want me to smack him in his mouth, right? So if I take you on a date, and I say, look baby, we gonna go dutch?
AM: Exactly. If we walking up to the car and I don't open your car door, what do you say?
WW: Open the door.
AM: You better believe it! So you make Daddy a sandwich! ... If I'm outside cutting that grass, bring Daddy some lemonade!
Now, it's worth pointing out here that Ms Williams is most definitely egging him on. She agrees with his outpouring of even more ridiculously outdated and sexist statements, leading up to his final re-iteration that women should get in the kitchen and make their man a sammich.
I wonder what his responses would have been if Wendy had replied by saying that NO, she wasn't interested in a man being physically violent to another man to protect her honor? Or perhaps if she said that she was more than capable of opening her own car door? If Mackie was faced with a woman that said that she did not want traditional gender roles, and he can make his own damn sandwich and she'll cut the grass, thanks, would he have a different response?
Instead, we have a great actor who has caused himself a PR nightmare. Twitter immediately lit up with angry responses to the clip.
Of course, as with any controversial statement, he has some backers, too. Some people simply found the segment funny, others seemed to sincerely agree with him.
Of course, let's not forget that it's not the first time Mackie has been called out for making sexist remarks. According to ShittyThingsCelebsHaveSaid, he previously came up with this inspired response to a fan question.
Fan: If you got to create your own superhero, who would it be?
Mackie: Mine would be an everyday woman who is nice to men. Like, she goes out with her friends after work, and if a guy comes over and says hello she says “Hi!”. Or if she’s on a date with a guy, and she’s like, “oh this isn’t going well”, she comes up with clever stuff so he’s not stuck there trying to make interesting conversation, just like a really nice girl!
I have to say, I'm unimpressed. I'm also confused, as not even a year ago, he was lauded for his comments to GeekDad on Wonder Woman as a role model for young girls.
Scarlett [Johansson] does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.
So what is going on here, Mackie? Women should have superhero role models, but only if they are super-duper nice, make life easier for guys and are good with the condiments?
This is an incredibly confused message, and whoever is dealing with his PR is undoubtedly under his or her desk with a bottle of wine at this very moment.