Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor recently ordered censorship of a comic book at Rio de Janeiro’s Book Biennial, the largest literary event of Brazil. The comic book features an image representing the LGBT community. Which shows two boys kissing, while fully clothed. Though Brazil Court backed the Mayor’s decision of banning LGBT Book which was actually an old graphic novel titled Avengers: The Children’s Crusade. But the savior Felipe Neto changed the whole scenario. Neto is a Brazilian YouTuber and he bought 14000 copies of the same comic book. That is not all, he also distributed them free of cost.
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Rio’s Mayor is known for his hatred against the LGBT community and homosexuality. He even called homosexuality a “terrible evil” once. The mayor wanted all the copies of Avengers: The Children’s Crusade sealed in plastic bags with a warning that the content is inappropriate for minors. Brazil’s higher-ranking court also backed the Mayor’s stance on LGBT comic books. After Mayor’s initial announcement, the comic sold out within an hour. It triggered the Mayor’s wrath and next day, he ordered to confiscate or censor the books forcibly. That’s where Felipe Neto jumped in like a superman.
Brazilian YouTuber Felipe Neto Bought & Distributed 14000 Copies
Felipe Neto bought & distributed 10000 copies of LGBT comic Avengers: The Children’s Crusade. He added a sarcastic message on the sealed plastic bags, stating:
This book is inappropriate – for backward and prejudiced people.
Felipe Neto ordered 4000 more copies to sell out the complete stock at the Biennial. In fact, he also confirmed Saturday as the day when all of these books would be distributed free of cost to anyone who wants it.
Acabei de autorizar a compra de mais 4 mil livros para esgotar de vez o estoque de livros com temática LGBT na bienal.
Serão 14 mil livros distribuídos GRATUITAMENTE para quem quiser, amanhã (sábado – 07/09), na Bienal do Livro do Rio de Janeiro.
— Felipe Neto (@felipeneto) September 6, 2019
Felipe Neto also succeeded in distributing all of these 14000 comics before the officials’ arrival at the festival.
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7 de setembro, tinha que ser nesse dia, o nosso dia, o dia do BRASIL! O dia em que mandamos um recado claro para a censura e os opressores: vocês nunca irão calar o amor! O bem sempre vence e sempre vencerá. Foram 14 mil livros de temática LGBTQ+ distribuídos gratuitamente. Foi o recorde de público da história da Bienal do Livro em 39 edições! Foi lindo, foi amor, foi luta por um mundo melhor! No final, chegaram os carros dos agentes da censura de Crivella e 20 homens armados prontos para recolher todos os livros. Só tinha um problema, TODOS já tinham sido entregues de graça. Hoje, o amor venceu! Hoje, o Brasil venceu! Feliz 7 de setembro. Comemore hoje, a luta continua amanhã.
Translation (using google translator): September 7th, it had to be that day, our day, the day of BRAZIL! The day we send a clear message to the censor and the oppressors: you will never silence love! Good always wins and always will win. There were 14,000 LGBTQ + themed books distributed for free. It was the audience record in the history of the Book Biennial in 39 editions! It was beautiful, it was love, it was a fight for a better world! In the end came the cars of Crivella’s censors and twenty armed men ready to collect all the books. There was only one problem, ALL had already been delivered for free. Today, love has won! Today, Brazil has won! Happy September 7th. Celebrate today, the fight goes on tomorrow.