Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
A Mexican MP has sparked outrage online after she appeared in parliament wearing a jacket with superhero Captain Marvel on it.
Carmen Bautista Pelaez, 28, who is a federal deputy for the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca and describes herself as a ‘community activist’, posted the photo on Twitter with the message: “I was the Captain of the Ordinary Session. I am ready to overcome the challenges.”
In the image, the MP is seen wearing a jacket in the style of the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers, better known as Captain Marvel, who appeared in a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie earlier this year.
The photo triggered an angry response on social media with many netizens considering the MP’s choice of clothing to be inappropriate and childish.
Twitter user ‘MikePishon’ wrote: “There are better moments and places where you can wear such an outfit – which does not suit you at all by the way.”
Netizen ‘MigueArtinano’ said: “I am ashamed that our public servants appear to have no common sense.”
‘SaraRamirezM20’ commented: “If she had worn that in any other job, she would have been dismissed.”
However, journalist Pepe Pulido said: “I approve of MP Bautista using a powerful image of Carol Danvers to convey a message of strength.”
The MP responded to the online criticism with the message: “It is unfortunate that people today use someone’s appearance and dress to judge them.”
Bautista Pelaez studied a law at the Benito Juarez University in Oaxaca and she has been an MP since August 2018 for the left-wing political party Morena. She is also a member of the ‘Vulnerable Groups Attention Committee’ in the Mexican government.
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