Barnes & Noble…. er Rogers at The Daily Show - a Headcanon
For obvious reasons, the newly reclaimed (and still recovering) Sgt. James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, did not speak to the press for a very long time.
Steve Rogers was the one who did most of the talking, until the Idiotic Question that netted the infamous Winter Soldier glare and the accompanying quote that firmly established that Bucky Barnes hated bullies as much as his Captain did. So of course, combined with movie-star good looks and the inadvertent air of mystery, everyone was curious about Barnes and wanted to see more.
The fans were very protective of the sergeant. Comms threatened all sorts of mayhem for anon hate - as there were still those who firmly believed that the Winter Soldier should be held accountable for the DC Incident - and pictures and stories that were a clear invasion of the man’s personal space. What part of fucking tortured and brainwashed and deprived of agency and choice did you fuckwits not understand was the general eloquent response of the fans.
The “trial” of the Winter Soldier, together with film footage, documentation and other evidence found by Natasha Romanoff and the secret fledgling new SHIELD headed by its Director Phil Coulson, would show the public all the proof backing up Bucky Barnes’ story of torment, brainwashing and manipulation for seventy years. Several members of the investigative committee that handled this matter were quite visibly sick and had to leave the room to recover for a few minutes.
Faced with the evidence and a good deal of public opinion, James Buchanan Barnes was officially recognized as the country’s longest held POW and entitled to all the benefits that his rank and service merited him and more.