Brazil Supreme Court Rebukes Anti-Gay Mayor Over Avengers Kiss

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.


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Teddy & Billy (2019) . It was with great surprise today, to learn that the mayor of Rio de Janeiro decided to ban the sale of my (and Allan Heinberg's) book, Avengers:The Children's Crusade, for alleged inappropriate material. . For those not familiar with the work from 2010, the controversy involves a kiss between two male characters. . Now I don't know what prompted the mayor to seek out a work that is almost a decade old, and that had already been on sale for many years, but I can say honestly, that there was no hidden motivation or agendas behind the work in promoting any particular lifestyle, nor targeting any unique audience. The scene merely depicts a tender moment between two characters who are in an established relationship. . As an artist, my passion is to tell stories; stories of great heroism, compassion and love, with as authentic and diverse characters as possible. Characters that depict every walk of life and color, whether they be black or white, brown, yellow or green. . The fact that this book, from almost a decade ago, is now being drawn into the spotlight by the mayor perhaps only highlights how out of touch he might be with the current times. The LGBTQ community is here to stay, and I have nothing but love and support for those who continue to struggle for validity and a voice to be heard. . I hope the beautiful people of Brazil, the wonderfully diverse and proud nation, will see through this political 'noise' and place their focus on the light, and on ways to unite, rather than help sow the seeds of conflict and division . #TeddyAltman #Hulkling #BillyKaplan #Wiccan #YoungAvengers #AvengersChildrensCrusade #MarvelComics #Marvel #Comics #MCU #pencils #pencildrawing #process #JimCheung #LoveNotHate #LGBTQ

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Featured Image Via Folha de S.Paulo.