The Internet is abuzz with the latest campaign to hit social media. However, this particular fan-initiated movement on behalf of Captain America could lead to a civil war following the varied reactions it’s received so far.
Captain America might be busy saving the world from Hydra, but he can probably spare some time for love. Twitter user Jessica Salerno began the campaign #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend to urge the Marvel Cinematic Universe to give the Captain a male love interest, Metro reported. The new Marvel fan gave a lengthy explanation when sought by the publication for the reason behind the trending hashtag.
“I feel like it sucks that people in the LGBT community don’t get the representation that they deserve and it would be so amazing for something like Captain America or Marvel to be able to portray that. and maybe just let people know that it’s okay to be who you are. you know? You don’t have to be scared, especially to be able to have children grow up in that way, I feel like it would do amazing things for the future,” Salerno explained.
She didn’t expect her original tweet to friends to go viral. Since she posted the hashtag, it’s been tweeted over 200,000 times, Heavy reported. Responses to her hashtag seem to agree with Salerno’s earlier suggestion to have Bucky Barnes as Steve Roger’s first boyfriend. However, another user suggested S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson owing to his apparent “fanboy crush” on Captain America in “The Avengers,” the publication wrote.
However, #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend also earned its share of critics. Kimberly Ross of Redstate questioned the insistence to give Steve Rogers a boyfriend. Ross pointed to the character’s background that is based on a 1940s comic book character.
“The character is from the 1940s, and purity of heart and patriotism are two things he focuses on. So why the push for Captain America, whose character’s name is Steve Rogers, to have a boyfriend?” Ross wrote. She recalled an earlier blog post that discussed the “Top 4 Reasons Captain America Should be Gay.” Ross noted that two of the reasons it cited could apply to a gay character made straight, “Hey, at least a straight dude would be more exciting and less creepy!” Ross remarked.