Marvel’s ‘She-Hulk’ bench slammed over ‘anti-homeless architecture’

People are armed over a bench that appeared Tuesday at the Los Angeles premiere of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” for its “anti-homeless architecture,” and some vowed to boycott the show.

The multi-arm bench appeared at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, which was hosting a screening of the new Disney+ show, Newsweek reported.

A picture of the bench shows the armrests, as well as a billboard featuring She-Hulk, played by Tatiana Maslany, and a quote that reads “Superheroes need a Super Lawyer!”.

However, fans didn’t find the bench all that super or heroic, and some took to Twitter to slam Disney for using the armrests.

“Why does She Hulk Bank have an anti-homeless architecture?” wrote an angry user.

Ginger Gonzaga poses on a promotional bench for the new Disney "She Hulk" Series.
Ginger Gonzaga, who plays Nikki Ramos on the show, poses on a promotional bench for the new Disney series She-Hulk.
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“The actual She-Hulk would find every one of those anti-homeless benches in town and use her superpower to flatten them to make them more accessible again,” said another.

One user said they plan to boycott the entire series across the board.

“I won’t even bother watching just because of this bench,” said one user.

The bench - which reportedly had multiple armrests - appeared at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, which was hosting a screening of the new Disney Plus show.
The multi-arm bench was released at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, where a screening of the new Disney+ show was taking place.
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However, fans didn't think the bank was that great. Several took to Twitter to slam Disney for using the armrests.
Several took to Twitter to slam Disney for using the armrests.
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Hostile architecture, or “anti-homeless architecture,” is used to “prevent undesirable behavior” by placing uncomfortable objects — like armrests or spikes — in places typically used by the homeless to sleep.

In 2020, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found that nearly 66,430 people in the city were affected by homelessness.

“I find [hostile architecture] sends out the message that people who sleep outside are not part of the community, are not our neighbors, and it’s okay to ostracize them,” Cathy Jennings, executive director of Nashville street newspaper The Contributor, told StreetRoots.org . “That kind of attitude is detrimental to any community.”

Disney has yet to give an official explanation as to why the ad bench has the armrests.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, starring Mark Ruffalo, Jameela Jamil and Tatiana Maslany, airs August 18 on Disney+.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/17/marvels-she-hulk-bench-slammed-over-anti-homeless-architecture/ Marvel’s ‘She-Hulk’ bench slammed over ‘anti-homeless architecture’

Emma Bowman

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