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Anthony Mackie recently made headlines after joking that he would “100 percent” run Donald Trump’s campaign over Hilary Clinton’s. Problem is, the actor’s comment was NOT taken as a joke.

“I mean, first, that’ll be the best party ever when he won, and, second, Trump’s an easy sell,” the actor said during an interview with BET to promote his latest film, Our Brand Is Crisis. “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.”

Mackie later clarified his comments via Twitter, suggesting that his statement was “a bad attempt at a joke.”

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Unfortunately, the backlash stemming from essentially being misquoted has now made Mackie a tad more guarded when it comes to his relationship with the media. “I thought the press and celebrities had like a relationship where I give you interviews and you portray me in a good light,” he told HipHollywood exclusively while at the announcements for the SAG Awards nominations.

He continued, “But we are in a generation of soundbites and soundbites aren’t fair to the people who are coming to your website or watching your interviews. I now know the relevance of a soundbite and I will not be giving those anymore.”

Mackie is currently starring in several films in theaters, including The Night Before and Love the Coopers.

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Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!

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Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.

In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.

“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”

What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.

“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”

Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.

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