Brazil Mayor Marcelo Crivella tried to ban a comic book issue from the largest literary event in Brazil, its book biennial, because two male characters kiss.
In the comic Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, or Vingadores: A Cruzada Das Crianças, male superhero characters Wiccan and Hulkling are in an established relationship.
Image Via The Rio Times
Crivella, who is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, announced on September 5 that the Book Biennial supplies books and other media content that can be harmful to minors, according to his Twitter. Crivella defended the statement by saying that protecting families is his administration’s priority, according to CNN.
That same day, the book officially sold out at the fair.
As of September 8, the Supreme Court of Brazil issued a strong rebuke against Crivella, according to Out magazine. Crivella’s actions indicated a violation of the constitution, which promises equal protection for all citizens.
On Saturday, September 7, Brazil’s largest newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo, printed the the image of Wiccan and Hulkling kissing on its front page.
Image Via Folho de S.Paulo
Jim Cheung, who created the almost-ten-year-old Avengers issue with Allen Heinberg, said “the scene merely depicts a tender moment between two characters who are in an established relationship.” Cheung condemned Crivella’s homophobia and offered kind words to Brazilians of all identities over Instagram.
Featured Image Via Folha de S.Paulo.