The “Avengers” unite on Twitter to urge Brazil to vote

Illustration by Giovana Fleck/Global Voices

It all started with a call-up from actor Samuel L. Jackson, the Nick Fury [it] of Marvel himself, through his Twitter account, and on October 28, two days before the ballot for the presidential elections, some of his “Avengers” gave him a hand to spread the message to Brazilians on the importance of voting.

Incumbent far-right President Jair Bolsonaro (PL [it]Liberal Party) clashes with leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (pt [it]Workers Party) in apolarized election [pt, come tutti i link successivi, salvo diversa indicazione]considered the most important by the democratization [en]. After 21 years of military dictatorship, the Brazilians have regained the right to vote [it] only in 1989.

Jackson tweeted in Portuguese, tagging his fellow actors from theMarvel Cinematic Universe (UCM) [it] encouraging Brazilians to write down reasons why they will vote, following a tweet from Brazilian comedian and TV presenter Fabio Porchat:

I heard you clear and loud! @RobertDowneyJr, @MarkRuffalo, @chrishemsworth, @DonCheadle, @wongrel check it out!

Voters since 🇧🇷, submit your stories about how and why you’re going to vote. It’s time for the real heroes to unite. #NotAllHeroesWearACloak

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 28, 2022

Fabio Porchat: Look at the fans! We could even call on the “Avengers” to help during the election! The villains here are empty grocery bags, guns at school, lack of meds… this really is a job for superheroes. Is there anyone out there listening?

Mark Ruffalo, aka Hulk, who had already done activism in the first round in the pro-Lula campaign, shared a tweet from Thelma Assis, a female doctor who won the Brazilian Big Brother in 2020, defending science. Bolsonaro said he was against theuse of masks And delayed the purchase of vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brazil has recorded more than 680,000 deaths caused by the virus:

That’s right, @thelminha! As Bruce Banner demonstrates, real science makes us stronger. Please go vote this Sunday for bolder, bolder minds and stronger, healthier families. #NotAllHeroesWearACloak

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 28, 2022

Thelma: Imagine facing a pandemic again… I would be voting for vaccines this Sunday. And a hero, to me, is someone who defends science!

Robert Downey Jr, who plays “Iron Man,” shared a user’s comment about going around talking to people who haven’t decided to vote yet. In the first round, more than 32 million of Brazilians abstained, although the vote is mostly mandatory in the country:

Well done, @debora_dpio! The best strategy, like the best technology, is simple and effective. You can change the world just by talking to those around you. It takes courage, but it works. The world is with you. #NotAllHeroesWearACloak

— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) October 28, 2022

Debora Pio: My strategy is to always go out with my candidate’s sticker and talk to anyone who approaches me. It’s working! There are people who still think they are not going to vote, it is worth exchanging ideas with them.

Chris Hemsworth, who plays “Thor,” shared a comment from a user who convinced people to vote using the Amazon as the main discussion topic. During the Bolsonaro government, the rainforest recorded a record rate of deforestation [en]:

Thank you, @nefercatt!! Keep it up! We must save the Amazon for Brazil, for our children and for our planet. You have to do whatever it takes to go and vote. #NotAllHeroesWearACloak

— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) October 28, 2022

Nefercatt: I managed to get 3 other people to vote, people who weren’t interested in going this year, tired of this situation and inclined to abstain. The topic was the Amazon, our home and its inhabitants who need to be respected and preserved!

Don Cheadle, who played James Rhodes/War Machine, Iron Man’s first friend, responded to a tweet from political scientist Nailah Neves about the historic battle of black and indigenous peoples for the right to vote. more than 50% of Brazilians identify as black and the country has over 250 different indigenous peoples:

Thanks, @Nailahnv. Our history of struggle drives us to demand justice. Remember, they wouldn’t go out of their way to deny us the vote if they weren’t afraid of our vote. They think it empowers us. And they are right. So let’s exercise this power.

— Don” ‘t ask me google questions” Cheadle (@DonCheadle) October 28, 2022

Nailah Neves: Brazil has done everything for centuries to prevent black and indigenous people from voting. We are not represented due to a white political elite holding power. This year, indigenous peoples are also denouncing the coercion they are subjected to not to vote. We need to vote.

Benedict Wong, who plays Wong in the Marvel movies, shared a message about voting against exorbitant food prices. Brazil is back on UN Hunger Map and count approx 33 million people who live with meager supplies of food, despite being the country one of largest food suppliers in the world [en]:

Great, @dantasthalitaa! In the end, it’s not about the parties or the politicians. It’s about doing everything possible to put the dish on the table for families. It’s like that everywhere. And that’s why we fight and vote! Do not stop!

— Benedict Wong (@wongrel) October 28, 2022

Thalita: Here in João Pessoa (state northeast of Paraíba) no one shows the absurd prices of supermarkets anymore. For this reason, I will go to the streets to talk to people who didn’t vote in the first round and put up posters so that we can save democracy in the second round and have food on our tables again!

Remaining in the field of comics, the writer Alan Moorecreator of “V for Vendetta” [it] And “Watchmen” [it]published a letter of support for Lula, as confirmed by her daughter Leah:

Alan Moore’s open letter to Brazil. I will publish the Portuguese translation as soon as I have the link.

Actor Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” saga, also tweeted support for Lula both in first [en] that in the second round [en]. The ‘Sandman’ writer did the same too Neil Gaiman [en].

Bolsonaro has the backing of the former US president Donald Trump and the Brazilian soccer star Neymar, who has posted messages of support for him on his social media. The footballer also promised to devote a goal during the Qatar World Cup to Bolsonaro.

“October 30, the most important day”

Other international voices also discussed the importance of the Brazilian ballot. The scientific journal natures [en] published an article entitled: “There is only one choice in elections in Brazil, for the country and for the world”, adding that “a second round to the advantage of Jair Bolsonaro would pose a threat to science, democracy and environment.”.

Before the first round, the British newspaper The Guardian he had already published an article [en] in which they denoted the risks of a re-election of Bolsonaro. Now, he has strengthened the concept:

More than 2bn trees have been felled during Mr Bolsonaro’s term in office. He has also fostered an increasingly dangerous culture for environmental defenders – as exposed by the murder of the activist Bruno Pereira and the Guardian contributor Dom Phillips this June. In contrast, analysts suggest a victory for Lula could see an 89% cut in rainforest loss.

A secondary – but still deeply alarming – risk is of a further entrenchment of anti-democratic authoritarianism. If Mr Bolsonaro is re-elected, he will be emboldened, and will benefit from the strengthened rightwing presence in Congress. There are fears that he could undermine institutions and change the constitution to allow himself a third term.

More than 2 billion trees have been cut down during Bolsonaro’s presidency. He has also fostered an increasingly dangerous culture for environmental activists, as evidenced by the murder of activist Bruno Pereira and Guardian contributor Dom Phillips last June. Conversely, according to analysts, Lula’s victory could lead to an 89% reduction in rainforest loss.

A second risk, but equally alarming, is the further advance of anti-democratic authoritarianism. If elected, Bolsonaro will feel more encouraged and will benefit from the presence of an even stronger right in Congress. He fears that he could undermine the institutions and change the constitution in his favor to be able to run for a third term.

The New York Times released a six-minute video three days before the election, announcing that October 30, the day of the ballot, will be the biggest day for planet Earth:

On Sunday, Brazilians will go to vote to elect their next president. But there is much more at stake than the leadership of South America’s largest economy. — New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) October 27, 2022

The polls give Lula the winner, repeating the first round, when he received 48.4% of the vote against Bolsonaro’s 43.2%. The results will be confirmed on election day itself, 30 October.

The “Avengers” unite on Twitter to urge Brazil to vote