Image of gay kiss goes viral after god-besotted mayor condemned it

Image of gay kiss goes viral after god-besotted mayor condemned it September 8, 2019
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RIGHT now, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro,  Marcelo Crivella, above – an evangelical Christian – is trying to dig his way out from under an avalanche of ridicule he brought down on his head after he attacked a comic for featuring a gay kiss.

A former bishop, Crivella had demanded the comic be withdrawn from a book fair, saying it included content unsuitable for minors. But a Brazilian judge granted an interim injunction against this, citing the right to freedom of expression.

In a delicious example of the Streisand Effect, copies of the comic book, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, quickly sold out after the mayor stuck his beak in.

The image that upset that mayor was also printed on the front page of Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo on Saturday, further boosting its exposure.

The picture depicts two male characters, Wiccan and Hulkling, kissing while fully clothed. In the storyline, they are portrayed as being in a committed relationship.

The Children’s Crusade series has been available in Brazil since 2012. The luxury hardcover volume available at the book fair was released three years ago, according to the O Globo newspaper.

Gay relationships have been portrayed in Marvel comics since the early 1990s, beginning with superhero title X-Force.

In a Twitter video on Friday, Crivella called for issues of the comic book to be rounded up. He squealed:

Books like this need to be wrapped in black sealed plastic with a content warning displayed on the outside.

Crivella has in the past decried homosexuality as “evil behaviour,” despite same-sex marriage being legal in the country since 2013.

Brazil’s largest literary event “gives voice to all audiences, without distinction, as it should be in a democracy”, the book fair’s organisers told AFP news agency.

But in another tweet, Crivella said:

Guys, we need to protect our children. Therefore, we have determined that the organizers of the biennial collect the books with content unsuitable for minors. It is not correct that they have early access to matters that do not conform to their ages.

Crivella is a member of the Brazillian Republicanos, a political party closely associated with the controversial evangelical Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, of which Crivella was also a bishop.

The church was involved in the shocking Victoria Climbie case in London. The little girl, accused of being demonically possessed, died in 2000 after suffering months of abuse.

In his 1999 book Evangelizing Africa, Crivella said of homosexuality:

Millions of people around the world are victims of this terrible evil.  They live without peace and in a pitiable condition for a human being.

Though Crivella has reportedly distanced himself from the book in later years, he continues to oppose same-sex civil unions, abortion, and the theory of evolution.

In a video published on YouTube in 2012, Crivella – a creationist – said homosexuals’ sexual orientation could be the result of an abortion gone wrong.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • igotbanned999

    I’ve seen that image before years ago. I guess it’s only new to non-comic readers.

  • Vanity Unfair

    I can think of another book with content unsuitable for children that the mayor might consider banning.
    He won’t, of course.

  • Carstonio

    A double standard for gay versus straight relationships, where kids must be shielded from the former. Makes twisted sense only if one define homosexuality as a temptation. No rational person believes that simply knowing that homosexuality exists will convince kids to try it.

  • Jim Jones

    I reject the idea that one person can criticize another person for behaviour that harms no one else.

    I regard Crivella as a traitor to his country.

  • Michael Neville

    Shorter Crivella: “I saw a picture that’s icky! I don’t like icky! Make the icky go away!”

  • barriejohn

    Nothing boosts book sales more than a ban!

  • taylor_serenil

    yep, they wouldn’t have “I Read Banned Books” merch otherwise.

  • taylor_serenil

    sounds pretty accurate. meanwhile, the rest of us see a committed relationship with an age-appropriate bit of PDA and cheer.

  • DingoJack

    Aww poor ol’ Crivella — looks like someone rained on his paraaaade!

  • “Oh, wow, I gotta read it just to see if it’s as bad as they say!”

    Literally the ONLY reason I read “Twilight”. (I read the whole series, actually. It did provide a distraction from other things in my life, so there’s that?)

  • A double standard for gay versus straight relationships, where kids must be shielded from the former.

    Of course it’s not a “double standard”. Condoning or condemning the same behaviour depending upon irrelevant considerations reveal a double standard. This utterance reveals two different standards, for two different behaviours, one approved of, the other disapproved of, on the part of the person of the person expressing his opinion. Why not?

    Makes twisted sense only if one define homosexuality as a temptation.

    What is “twisted” about that sense? This fellow clearly does consider homosexuality to be an evil behaviour. He said so. Are you saying that aaying someting is evil only makes sense if one believes that? That the sense that sayng what one believes is somehow “twisted”? What are you blithering on about?

    No rational person believes that simply knowing that homosexuality exists will convince kids to try it.

    Straw man argument. The words “simply” and the words “convice” give your game away. Unilever doesn’t believe that “simply” knowing that Marmite exists will “convince” a single consumer to try Marmite. But the company still spends money advertising that product, expecting increased sales to more-than pay for the cost of the advertising.

  • Carstonio

    The core principle is that there’s nothing inherently immoral about pursuing consensual adult same-sex relationships. The double standard is in treating people who are attracted to the same sex unequally from people who are attracted to the opposite sex.

    What you describe as a straw man is my attempt to show the ridiculousness of trying to shield kids from such relationships. If a parent wants to teach their children that the relationships are wrong, fine, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the rest of society. Otherwise, that would be like a vegetarian parent wanting all restaurants to stop serving meat.

  • barriejohn

    Stop analyzing people’s internet comments as if they are legal documents; it makes you look at best obsessive and at worst bonkers. No one is trying to persuade all children to become gay (as if that were possible); they’re just hoping for more acceptance in society. No one has yet been able to come up with a logical, coherent argument as to why this would not be a good thing – and please don’t try telling us that “if everyone was gay the human race would die out”!

  • What (if anything) is wrong with believing that homosexuality is inherently immoral, or right about believing it isn’t, or superior about your wanting to “shield” the “rest of society” from homophobic beliefs, to his wanting to shield children from the opposing opinion?

  • Carstonio

    There’s nothing wrong a person believing that it would be wrong for himself or herself to not seek relationships with the same sex. But if the person insists that it would be wrong for everyone, then he or she must present an argument for how that would be in the best interest of society, instead of society being indifferent to individuals’ sexual orientations. The idea that it’s wrong for everyone needlessly shames and marginalizes people who are romantically and sexually attracted to the same sex. We don’t want kids with those attractions to hate themselves, and we don’t want kids without those attractions to harass kids who do have them.

    When I say there’s nothing inherently immoral about same-sex relationships, I mean that they pose no more harm to others than opposite-sex relationships.

  • Barry Duke

    lf it’s your intention to become a boring Internet troll, you’re doing a pretty good job. You’re not half as smart as you think you are, and I’ve indulged your dreary blather to the limit of my patience and others on this site. Now please go away.

  • Judgeforyourself37

    Way back in the 1950s Mickey Spillane was verboten literature. Today it would be considered very mild. Of course my best friend from high school bought those book with our allowances, as they were verboten, unbeknownst to our parents, of course, and traded them back and forth. I do not think that her Mom would have minded as she was married a second time to my friend’s step dad. In the ’50s being a divorcee was considered “scandalous.” My “mother,” she forbade me from calling her “Mom,” would never have approved, although she cheated on her husband, I am not sure that he was my biological father, she acted as if she was a paragon of virtue. I envy people who had mothers who loved them and really cared about their well being.

  • Jack the Sandwichmaker

    Our school made us read Catcher in the Rye for English class, telling us that it was once often banned. All I could think was “That was it?”

  • Mike Panic

    I looked at the cathlic “legion of decency” for moves to see as a kid. it was condemned by the cathlic church it became a “must see” with me.

  • Mike Panic

    Yellow rain?

  • barriejohn

    That’s sad.

  • barriejohn

    Maybe he has an alter ego: “Cruella”!

  • Mike Panic

    I hate to tell you this, ,mayor, but know dozens of happily Gay men and women. The only ones miserable are you hate filled kristers. Maybe you should be put out of your misery.

  • David Cromie

    That is probably why the Roman church disbanded their Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

    Reminds me of the late christo-fascist bigot Mary Whitehouse and her National Viewers and Listeners Association, which published periodic lists of broadcast media programmes she disapproved of, and wished to have banned.

  • barriejohn

    “National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association” – viz Mary Whitehouse and her husband. Puts me in mind of a certain Catholic organization (call it a “League”, if you will) which consists of one poor, sad, lonely b…..d and his laptop!

  • barriejohn

    The saintly Mary wanted all sorts of programmes and words banned from the media – and gave an award to “that nice Mr Savile”:

  • persephone

    Or the Million Moms who are actually more like a few thousand actual members. They have 20 or 30 thousand members on Facebook, but that’s about ten times the number of active members.

  • persephone

    I’m a comics reader, but I don’t read Avengers.

  • David Cromie

    Alas poor BilDo, I knew him well.