Marvel “Avenger” Anthony Mackie found out the hard way that Orwellian thought police are watching his every move and listening to his every utterance. The actor, who portrays “Falcon” on the big screen, dared to say a few nice things about Donald Trump — and was quickly grounded by an onslaught of racial vitriol.
What was it that Mr. Mackie said that warranted the “he’d love to get called a nigger” attack by New York Magazine staff editor Ira Madison, you ask?
Answer: It doesn’t take much. In an interview with BET on Monday he said:
“I would 100 percent want to run Trump’s campaign. 100 percent. … When you look at Trump, he’s an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing. And I think if you’re a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ candidate, people would identify with that.”
Breitbart News covered most of the bases. In short, the racial invective was going to build until Marvel’s Sam Wilson bowed down to the Racial Thought Police.
It didn’t take long: “Sorry Donald, that wasn’t an endorsement. Just a bad attempt at a joke, I guess?” Mackie tweeted just hours after telling BET he was drinking Trump’s “Kool-Aid.”
It is rather bizarre that a man can keep his job at New York Magazine after saying Mr. Mackie looks like “he’d love to get called a nigger,” but by now we all know that saying vile and disgusting things is permissible with the right (or should I say “left”?) credentials.
I hope Mr. Mackie learns from this experience. Those who claim to be the most tolerant in the U.S. — men of Ira Madison’s political persuasion — almost always reveal themselves to be totalitarians-in-training when they must respond to independent thought.