‘GMA’: Michael Strahan Gets Dragged by DC and Marvel Fans for ‘Birds of Prey’ Mistake
Michael Strahan is a multi-faceted man with different jobs all at the same time. He appears every morning on Good Morning America, over the summer as host of The $100,000 Pyramid, host of Strahan, Sara and Keke, and is also a sports commentator. Coming right off the Super Bowl, Strahan might be extra exhausted this week after all the weekend activities. This morning on GMA he made a mistake that made him go viral on social media.
Strahan had the task of interviewing the lead cast of Birds of Prey. Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were all present for the sit-down to talk about the DC Comics-inspired film.
It all started out great with Strahan praising that it’s the first all-female superhero movie with women in front and behind the camera. The gaffe that the GMA anchor made next is unforgivable to comic fans.
“Obviously, there are so many characters in the Marvel Universe… so, if we get a sequel…,” Strahan started saying while Robbie looked at him confused.
“It’s DC, Michael,” one of the stars said off-camera.
Comic fans call out Michael Strahan
After the faux pas, comic book fans took to Twitter to drag Strahan for confusing the origin of Birds of Prey.
“If looks could kill,” a fan said nothing Robbie’s stare at Strahan.
“Brainwashed media fans thinking Marvel is the only company making superhero films,” another fan added.
“This Marvel sh** is really getting disrespectful,” another DC fan pointed out. “DC is doing things with female characters that the MCU could never do and a lot of that has to do with Margot fighting for it.”
“Man, do your research Michael,” a viewer said.
The conspiracy theories did not get past fans. ABC, the network that airs and produces GMA, is owned by Disney who also owns Marvel. A fan connected the dots and believes everything was calculated to remind people of Marvel’s existence while promoting a DC Comics film.
“This is on ABC, which owns Disney. This was not a slip-up by any means,” the fan theorized.
Michael Strahan makes more waves
Strahan received a lot of attention for his blunder during the Birds of Prey interview, but last week his name was being mentioned for an entirely different issue.
Last week the television host gave an interview to The New York Times where he talked about his time co-hosting with Kelly Ripa, Live! With Kelly and Michael.
“Then on television, I’ve had jobs where I got there and felt like: Wow, I didn’t know I was supposed to be a sidekick. I thought I was coming here to be a partner,” he said of his time in the daytime talk show.
There were rumors of tension between the hosts and it all came to a halt when in 2016 he announced he was leaving to join GMA. Ripa felt betrayed as she was in the dark of this decision and protested by calling out of the show and taking days off.
“I didn’t wake up and say, ‘I want a job at ‘GMA’ I was asked to do it by the people who run the network. It was really not a choice. It was a request. But it was treated as if I was the guy who walked in and said, ‘I’m leaving,'” Strahan told NYT. “That part was totally misconstrued, mishandled in every way. People who should have handled it better have all apologized, but a lot of the damage had already been done. For me, it was like: Move on. Success is the best thing. Just keep on moving.”
Strahan went on to say that he tried to make it work with Ripa before he left the show by trying to schedule meetings every couple of weeks. He said that she ultimately stopped wanting to meet and he didn’t want to force a friendship with her.
“I learned through all that went down with that, you can’t convince people to like you,” he said. “I haven’t spoken to her in a long time.”