Baby Yoda is now an unlikely LGBT+ icon after upsetting religious conservatives. Yes, really
Baby Yoda has apparently become an LGBT+ icon in Mexico after he replaced the baby Jesus in a festive cake.
Yes, you read that correctly. Baby Yoda, who fast became a pop culture phenomenon – and, of course, a meme – when he first appeared in Star Wars series The Mandalorian in 2019, is now a bona fide queer icon after he got on the wrong side of religious conservatives in Mexico.
The character, officially named Grogu, or The Child, has been adopted by the LGBT+ community after a restaurant in Mexico City decided to reinvent a traditional cake called Rosca de Reyes.
The cake is usually baked with a small figurine of the baby Jesus inside, and it is generally eaten on the Catholic holiday of the Epiphany on 6 January.
But Kraneo Foods in Mexico City replaced the figurine of Christ with a model of Baby Yoda instead, Remezcla reports – and some Catholics were not impressed.
Alguien está vendiendo Babies Yoda para Roscas de Reyes y no les voy a decir quién soy… 😅
Lleve, lleve, bara, bara… pic.twitter.com/e5Eyl0ob4K
— Luz_AdrianaK (@Luz_AdrianaK) December 20, 2020
Religious conservatives banded together to decry the restaurant’s twist on the cake. Frente Nacional por la Familia (the National Front for the Family) said replacing the baby Jesus was “an attack on religion” and “an attack on family values”.
Elsewhere, the deputy director of radio and television of the Archdiocese of Mexico said putting Baby Yoda inside a cake should be done at “another time, such as for Children’s Day or birthdays.”
He insisted that the cake should be about “meeting the Christ child, the child Jesus, remembering and appreciating the story of the gospel, [not] simply having fun, eating the bread, and finding your favourite character within it.”
Baby Yoda ‘is now considered an LGBT+ icon’.
One person thankfully helped to explain the backlash on Tumblr, writing that conservative groups in Mexico were “extremely upset” as people replaced the baby Jesus with Baby Yoda.
They added: “So now, Baby Yoda is considered an LGBT+ icon for making furious those conservative, homophobic people.”
Twitter has gone into meltdown with the news that Baby Yoda is now an LGBT+ icon, with many welcoming the character as a symbol of the community.
I am LOSING IT pic.twitter.com/8pLcGVeNUp
— Viane Londoño ❄️ (@vianerds) January 8, 2021
Baby Yoda is now apparently an LGBT icon in some Latin American social media circles. https://t.co/HeXClIFjfB
— Zachary Drake @🏡 (@zdrake) January 9, 2021
Baby Yoda is the new Babadook pic.twitter.com/RVU8hg8CDu
— Cheatsy Stanwyck (@Cheatsy76) January 9, 2021
baby yoda becoming an lgbt+ icon was not what i was expecting to happen in my lifetime
— b (@gorighoul) January 8, 2021
I heard about the baby Yoda for the Rosca de Reyes … I did not know baby Yodes has now become an LGBT icon as a result!
I need to replace my baby J for next year… pic.twitter.com/z7yX5T4mV9
— Audrey McKinnon de León (@mckinnondeLEON) January 9, 2021
i would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the nation of mexico for making baby yoda an LGBT icon
— -` aleks ´- 🔪 (@kerouacstan) January 7, 2021
Baby Yoda becoming and LGBT symbol in Latin America was a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. https://t.co/5VX2lm4q1m
— JA (@AndersenJA) January 9, 2021
The B in LGBT stands for BabyYoda https://t.co/CMFlkzd1PS
— Kmarada Macedo (@soyMexit) January 9, 2021
Now all we need is for someone to recreate the Pride flag with Baby Yoda emblazoned onto it.
The Mandalorian seasons one and two, which feature Baby Yoda, are available to stream on Disney+.
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