Officials in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have banned the comic book series Avengers: The Children’s Crusade because of a kiss between two male characters.
The Hollywood Reporter writes: “Rio de Janeiro mayor Marcelo Crivella has announced that the translated edition of the Marvel comic book series Avengers: The Children’s Crusade would be removed from the literary festival Riocentro Bienal do Livro so as to protect the city’s children from what he described as “sexual content for minors.” The so-called sexual content in question is an on-panel kiss between two male characters, Wiccan and Hulkling, who are in committed relationship. Both characters are clothed in the scene.”
The series has been available there for a number of years so the announcement was abrupt and unexpected, made in a Twitter announcement by Crivella. In the announcement, which followed an Instagram post from a city councilman irate about the book, Crivella said he was protecting the minors of the city.
The censorship comes amid a broader crackdown by far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who has said he plans to eliminate all LGBTQ content from schools, tweeted an explicit photo of gay sex to denounce the country’s annual Carnival, and has said he won’t let Brazil become a gay tourism paradise.
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Um alerta aos pais! Assista e compartilhe o discurso contra o livro infantil da Marvel que propaga o homossexualismo para as CRIANÇAS! A história em quadrinhos está sendo vendida lacrada na Bienal do Livro e nas livrarias, os pais só percebem o conteúdo depois. Um crime absurdo! #ideologiadegenero #isquierdorio #camarario