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Russia bans popular ‘Overwatch’ comic over lesbian character

the comics cannot be viewed in Russian

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('Overwatch' character Tracer kisses her girlfriend Emily in comic. Photo via Bilzzard.)

(‘Overwatch’ character Tracer kisses her girlfriend Emily in comic. Photo via Blizzard.)

A new comic for the popular “Overwatch” online shooter game has been banned in Russia due to a lesbian kiss.

“Overwatch” revealed that its character Tracer is gay in the digital comic with a scene showing Tracer kissing her girlfriend Emily after exchanging holiday gifts. According to Mashable, the comic has been blocked from appearing in Russian on the video game developer website Blizzard.

“In accordance with Russian law, we cannot share this comic with our players on territory of Russian Federation,” reads the translated message.

The law refers to Russia’s 2013 ban on the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors.

“Due to local legislation in the Russian Federation, we are unable to bring our recent Overwatch digital comic to players in the region,” a Blizzard spokesperson told Mashable. “We regret that those who were eager to read this story comic are unable to do so in their native language.”

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