Mark Ruffalo, the actor who you might know as Bruce Banner/the Hulk in Marvel’s movies, is outspoken when it comes to politics and numerous issues he finds important. He’s been involved in numerous international issues, and forums. Recently he waded into Brazilian politics, endorsing a presidential candidate, Marina Silva, then reversed his position the next day.
“Marina Silva is probably one of the most interesting and exciting politicians on the world stage today,” he said in a YouTube video, endorsing the presidential candidate.
This endorsement (you can watch the video below) got legions of gay rights activists to urge Ruffalo to reconsider citing the candidates lack of support for gay marriage.
Ruffalo asked the candidate whose aide responded she was, linking to her campaign platform with pledges support for the gay community. Many activists pressed further doubting the actual support. This playing out on Twitter got Ruffalo’s name to trend in Brazil.
Ruffalo then backtracked:
It has come to my attention that the Brazilian Candidate for President, Marina Silva, may be against gay marriage… It is a little bit murky and unclear presently. I have to apologise for not doing a better job of vetting this decision.
…my support is null and void.
Silva is one of three leading candidates for the presidency in Sunday’s election.