News culture Total crush! Government Twitter account apologizes for homophobic tweet… about Luigi
Published on 04/22/2023 at 16:22
The official Twitter account of the Colombian Interior Ministry had to apologize after posting a homophobic tweet… targeting Luigi.
The tweet too many
Earlier in the week, the official Colombian Interior Ministry Twitter account reacted to one of its own tweets deemed homophobic, which targeted Luigi, Mario’s brother and Nintendo mascot. The tweet in question, since deleted, read “I hope Luigi is gay” in reference to the animated film Super Mario Bros. released earlier in the month.
Beyond the relevance of such a tweet on the account of a government institution, which is probably an error made by the Community Manager of said account, it is the term used that poses a problem. “Ojalá Luigi sea marica” is the exact quote, “marica” being a pejorative term used to describe queer men.
The Twitter community quickly took hold of this first tweet by relaying screenshots on social networks. Shortly after this controversy, the account of the Ministry of the Interior took it over, insisting on supporting the LGBT community. A message accompanied by the hashtag “SauveUnCM”, proof that it was an error made by the account manager.
We know it wasn’t the words, but we are aware that homophobia kills. That is why we are in favor of all initiatives that make the LGBTIQ+ population visible and we work so that their rights are guaranteed. #SalvaUnCM https://t.co/9pObXcShXK
— MinInterior Colombia (@MinInterior) April 19, 2023
We know those weren’t the words, but we know that homophobia kills. This is why we support all initiatives that aim to make the LGBTQI+ community heard and we work for their rights to be recognized.
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