People are up in arms over a bench that appeared Tuesday at the “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” premiere in Los Angeles for its “anti-homeless architecture,” with some pledging to boycott the show.
The bench designed with multiple armrests appeared at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, where a screening of the new Disney+ show was being held, reported Newsweek.
A picture of the bench shows the armrests as well as a billboard featuring the She-Hulk, played by Tatiana Maslany, as well as a quote reading “Superheroes need a super lawyer!”
Fans, however, did not find the bench so super or heroic, with some taking to Twitter to slam Disney over the use of the armrests.
“Why does the she-hulk bench have anti-homeless architecture,” wrote one angry user.
“The actual She-Hulk would find every one of these anti-homeless benches in town and crush them flat with her super strong a-s to make them more accessible once again,” said another.
One user said that they plan to boycott the entire series over the bench.
“I’m not even gonna bother watching, just because of this bench,” said one user.
Hostile architecture or “anti-homeless architecture” is used to “prevent unwanted behavior” by placing uncomfortable objects — such as armrests or spikes — in places that are typically used by homeless people to sleep.
In 2020, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found that nearly 66,430 people in the city were recorded to be experiencing homelessness.
“I think [hostile architecture] sends the message that people who sleep outside are not part of the community, are not our neighbors and that it is all right to ostracize them,” Cathy Jennings, executive director of Nashville street paper the Contributor, explained to StreetRoots.org. “This type of attitude hurts any community.”
Disney has yet to make an official statement as to why the promotional bench has the armrests.
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” which stars Mark Ruffalo, Jameela Jamil and Tatiana Maslany, airs on Disney+ on Aug. 18.
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