Until this week, when a visitor to Brazil's largest literary event complained on social networks that it was offensive "to children" the content of the comic strip featuring two gay teenage boyfriends, Wiccano and Hulkling, kissing on the last pages.
Despite the recommended classification of the work being for teenagers and not a child audience, the controversy spread quickly and reached the councilman Alexandre Isquierdo (center-right Democrats), who this Wednesday, during a public session in the City Council of Rio In January, he showed it in his hands and condemned its sale at the fair as a "cowardice" to children, urging colleagues to sign a letter of repudiation against Marvel and her publishers in Brazil.
This Thursday, Mayor Marcelo Crivella (center-right Republican Party) ordered the Biennial's "Children's Crusade" removed, repeating the argument that it was necessary to "protect our children" from its "sexual content for minors." "
After the decision, social networks were filled with accusations of censorship and authoritarianism by the authorities.
The Book Biennial reacted a few hours later, defending the plurality of the event and ensuring that it would not remove the book.
"This is a plural festival where everyone is welcome and represented. Even next weekend, the Book Biennial will have three panels to discuss Trans and LGBTQA + literature. The festival board understands that if a visitor acquire a work other than [lhe] please, he has every right to request the exchange of the product, as provided by the Consumer Protection Code ", said in a statement.