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Marvel Fans Are Harassing This Doctor Strange Star Over LGBTQ+ Role

Marvel Fans Are Harassing This 'Doctor Strange' Star Over LGBTQ+ Role

Marvel Fans Are Harassing This 'Doctor Strange' Star Over LGBTQ+ Role

Why is a child being held responsible for a country's homophobic ban?


Too often, actors in long-running sci-fi or superhero franchises seem to bear the brunt of fan frustration with decisions that are ultimately out of their control, especially when those actors aren’t cis, straight, white, and male. And now the trolls seem to have set their sights on 15-year-old Xochitl Gomez.

Gomez is taking up the mantle of America Chavez in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making her debut in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In the comics, America is an out and proud lesbian. The MCU is expected to keep her queer, although it’s unclear how that will translate to scenes in this film or future appearances.

What we do know is that a 12-second clip of America talking about her two moms is “explicit” LGBTQ+ content that is preventing Doctor Strange 2 from being shown in Saudi Arabia. Disney has reportedly declined to edit the moment from the movie.

Seemingly because of that decision, some cruel “fans” have taken to harassing Gomez — who, again, is a teenager herself and has no control over any of this as an actor.

“We all hate you,” wrote someone going by the name @pizlr on Instagram.

“Ur the reason I can’t watch the movie on cinema,” @omaralmajmad claimed.

Another, @abddulazizzz, suggested, “May God deprive you of happiness in your life.”

Humorless jerks having nothing better to do than harassing actors on the internet is nothing new, but that still doesn’t make it okay, and directing their ire at a literal child is infuriating rational Marvel fans on a new level.


Gomez is aware of the unwarranted backlash she’s been receiving, and thanked fans for “all the supportive dms.”

“You all have been so kind and lovely,” she wrote. “It warms my heart.”

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