Well, we regret to inform you that the Evangelicals are at it yet again.
But this time they got epically trolled!
For this heart-warming tale, let us venture alllllll the way down to Brazil, specifically the city of Rio de Janeiro.
See, their mayor is a Jesus enthusiast, and as such is HEAVILY INVESTED in what grown men and women do with in their private lives with their private parts.
So when the comic book Avengers: The Children’s Crusade—the cover of which features the male characters Wiccan and Hulkling engaged in a gay kiss—showed up at a Rio book fair, he immediately tried to have it banned.
To protect the children.
So the nation’s largest newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo DRAGGED HIM TO FILTH, filling their entire front page with the very image Mayor Cruella—er, sorry, Crivella—tried to ban.
— Folha de S.Paulo (@folha) September 7, 2019
THE 👏 WHOLE 👏 FRONT 👏 PAGE 👏
As Brazil-based American journalist Glenn Greenwald explained, this newspaper is so prominent it appears “on every street corner” in Brazil.
In response to the censorship order from Rio's right-wing Mayor of a book fair that featured an Avenger comic showing two males kissing (to protect The Kids), Brazil's largest paper, @Folha, put the image on the front page of its print edition, displayed on every street corner: https://t.co/hzZNsZhiXd
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 7, 2019
Oh also the controversy made the comic book sell out.
Oh also this all happened on Brazil’s Independence Day.
Perfect for the Sept. 7th (Brazil's Independence Day) newspaper
— Wobbie (@wobbiebr) September 7, 2019
This all occurs in the context of a Brazil that, as you may have heard, is having a bit of a fascism problem.
See, the Christians have joined with the fascists to take over the country and their new president is a madman and hey doesn’t this all sound familiar? LOL, you know what they say, America’s biggest export is its culture.
Anyway, given all that, this epic loss for the right-wing bigots has Brazilians and non-Brazilians alike ready to celebrate.
Rio's Mayor tried to censor a(n old) comic because it shows two guys kissing.
What he achieved? Comic to be sold out, justice to block that measure… and have that kiss in the cover of one of the most popular Brazilian newspapers.
— MiGold (@golmig) September 9, 2019
We live in an universe where Billy and Teddy from the Young Avengers are the cover of one of the most respected newspapers in Brazil because Rio's mayor tried to get the comic book pulled from the shelves for its LGBT themes https://t.co/ZUYVhKdCxt
— vit (@oceanyia) September 7, 2019
I love that they went the extra mile to make it take up like 40% of the page 😂
— spoinkers (@sprrocket) September 7, 2019
— Roha One It 💜✨💙 (@Wesley_Dell) September 8, 2019
Every day we resist. In fear, we resist. In pain, we resist. Cornered by oppression , we still resist.
I'm keeping this on my wall to remind me that comics, culture and literature resist with us. pic.twitter.com/wQ0ejmHpIs
— O meu também é Betti (@dougbettioli) September 7, 2019
I need to figure out how to get a copy of this paper, because this sparks *joy*
— GQGZ (@GeneraZ) September 7, 2019
The correct response to bigotry. https://t.co/lWHtUuMzlg
— 𝕋𝕠𝕘𝕘𝕝𝕖 ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ (@OneBigGrumpyRat) September 8, 2019
Of course, there were no shortage of straights who were in their feelings over this too… to the point of being incoherent…
Because of course only rightwing folks have an issue with queers… Lefties be like here's my baby for your porno. https://t.co/XZKySsbDT4
— Amasia Uxor (@AmasiaUxor) September 8, 2019
Can someone please read that tweet over and over again until they understand it and then explain to me what he’s talking about?
Anyway, homophobia aside, one tweeter really got to the unassailable heart of the matter.
if god hates gays why do we keep winning https://t.co/pDnkJ0qCEc
— drew is working on a comic (@Schuyler_Pidge) September 8, 2019
You can get Young Avengers by Allen Heinberg and Jim Cheung: The Complete Collection, available here, featuring the characters Billy Kaplan (Wiccan) and Teddy Altman (Hulking).
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