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GOP Politician: Gay Character in Cruella Ruined My Childhood

Omar Navarro

Omar Navarro, a California Republican politician who has tried and failed several times to unseat U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, is complaining that Disney has ruined his childhood by featuring a gay character in the movie Cruella.

Navarro, who has also served jail time on stalking charges, tweeted Sunday about the new film, which tells the backstory of Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone), the puppy-stealing villain of 101 Dalmatians, and features John McCrea as Artie, a gay member of Cruella’s entourage and Disney’s first major LGBTQ+ character. The movie opened Friday.

He has followed up with an ignorant tweet about pansexuality and one condemning the children’s TV program Blue’s Clues for featuring a drag queen.

Navarro has run doomed campaigns against Waters, a popular and long-serving Los Angeles-area Democrat, in every election in California’s 43rd Congressional District since 2016. He adheres pretty much to the far-right line and believes Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election, but he seems to be particularly obsessed with LGBTQ+ issues, noting his support for “traditional Christian family values” and opposition to the “LGBT agenda.”

Navarro’s checkered past includes a guilty plea in 2016 to a charge of illegally attaching an electronic tracking device to his wife’s car, for which he served probation, and a guilty plea last year to stalking an ex-girlfriend, for which he spent six months in jail.

His latest tweets have drawn substantial ridicule.

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