Rio de Janeiro Mayor, Marcelo Crivella ordered the Brazilian book fair Bienal do Livro to wrap all the copies of ‘Avengers: The Children’s Crusade’ in black plastic and seized the copies of the book along with other LGBT books. Reportedly, the comic book was published in 2010 and it included a kiss between two male characters who are in a committed relationship.
Mayor Crivella said that the move was taken to protect the children and comply with the Brazilian laws and it was not homophobia or censorship. YouTuber Felipe Neto gave away the copies of books with LGBTQ theme in the fair wrapped in plastic stating that the book was inappropriate for backward and prejudiced people.
Brazil is not new for homophobia. President Jair Bolsonaro has been leading a government not supporting the LGBTQ+ community. The Brazil Supreme Court ordered that the Marvel Comic Avengers: The Children’s Crusade can be sold as the comic is at least a decade old and mayor seeking ban on it is inappropriate.
The scene in the comic depicts 2 characters who are in a relationship. This is being in the spotlight and drawn notice just to politicize the situation against LGBTQ+. According to media reports, Jim Cheung – the author of the comic book said that, “as an artist, it is my passion to tell stories of great heroism, compassion and love with an authentic and diverse characters as possible. Characters that depict every walk of life and colour, whether black and white or brown or yellow or green, the LGBTQ community is here to stay and I have nothing but love and support for those who continue to struggle for their voice to be heard.” He also stated on his Instagram that he hopes that the people of Brazil will be able to understand the diverse nation and not focus the light on political issues that is interested in sowing seeds of conflict and division.