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Did Disney Fire MCU's Victoria Alonso Over LGBTQ+ Content Clash?

Did Disney Fire MCU's Victoria Alonso Over LGBTQ+ Content Clash?

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The drama surrounding the Marvel exec's abrupt exit is heating up.

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The shocking news that Victoria Alonso had been fired from Marvel after 17 years has led to a frenzy of speculation as to what, exactly, prompted Disney to let her go, and now we’re finding out it may tie in to the company’s continued issues surrounding LGBTQ+ content.

Patty Glaser, an attorney for Alonso, told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday that “Victoria, a gay Latina who had the courage to criticize Disney, was silenced.”

“Then she was terminated when she refused to do something she believed was reprehensible,” she continued.

According to THR, “Disney insiders” believe this statement referred to the company wanting to censor gay pride imagery in the most recent Marvel film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, for its Kuwait release.

Disney has consistently struggled with inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community in their films, and things seemed to come to a head last year when they declined to speak out against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill” in time for the company’s influence to have an impact. Alonso later said she sat down with then-CEO Bob Chapek to discuss anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in the United States and to ask him to “take a stand for family” — meaning all families.

“As long as I am at Marvel Studios, I will fight for representation,” she said at the time.

And both Marvel and Disney as a whole clearly need someone on the inside fighting for that, as their releases continue to have minimal LGBTQ+ representation, reports of scenes being removed, or minimal marketing compared to the companies’ other films.

Whether any of this played a role in Alonso’s departure remains up for debate, as Disney has declined to comment and theories continue to fly.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.