Marvel Artist Addresses Same-Sex ‘Avengers’ Illustration Being Banned In Brazil
By Izza Sofia, 09 Sep 2019
The mayor of Rio de Janerio recently demanded for the ban of a Marvel comic featuring two kissing Avengers superheroes.
Former bishop Marcelo Crivella called for the comic titled Avengers: The Children’s Crusade to be withdrawn from a book fair due to its content, which he deemed unsuitable for young children.
The image in question shows superheroes ‘Wiccan’ and ‘Hulkling’ kissing each other.
Crivella also asked the local police to seize the comics sold at the fair in hopes of “defend[ing] the family.” According to The New York Times, a judge ruled last Saturday that any materials showing LGBT content should not be displayed in children’s books.
However, Sky News reports that copies of the issue were immediately sold out despite his intervention. Following that, Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo also published the controversial illustration on its front page on Saturday.
Crivella, who once labeled homosexuality “evil,” commented that such books needed to be “wrapped in black sealed plastic” together with a disclaimer on its front to “protect [the] children.”
Jim Cheung, the artist of the drawing has since responded to the controversy on Instagram, remarking that he was surprised the mayor called for a ban when the book has been on sale for several years.
The artist adds that he wasn’t promoting any “particular lifestyle” in his drawings, and that the scene merely depicts a “tender moment between two characters” in an established relationship.
Cheung describes that the mayor as “out of touch” with current times, expressing hopes that the people of Brazil will “see through the political noise” and focus on ways to unite.
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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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[via HuffPost, opening image via Marvel]
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