That Time Luigi Was Accused of Promoting Lesbianism
That Time Luigi Was Accused of Promoting Lesbianism

Remember That Time Luigi Was Accused of Promoting Lesbianism?

Luigi of the beloved Mario Brothers video game franchise has worn many hats: plumber, adventurer and, apparently, lesbian rights activist.

Houston Press writes, “In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Luigi celebrates good shots with an L-shaped hand gesture. Some interpreted that as the American Sign Language word for ‘lesbian,’ and it caused a very mild controversy.”

Here’s a clip showing the gesture in action:

Is he really signing the word “lesbian”? Probably not. He’s using the wrong hand, as this clip demonstrates:

The plumber is probably signing “L” for “Luigi.”

But the Mario Brothers are strongly pro-LGBTQ. The series has featured a trans character (Birdo) since Super Mario 2. And the helpful ghost Vivian in Super Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Girl is trans as well.

So Luigi’s not spelling it out, but he probably is a staunch lesbian ally.

 

(Header image via El Mundo Tech)