A far-right Spanish party made the tiny ghost a star in an effort to speak out against the LGBT community. The party Vox, known for opposing same-sex marriage, immigration, abortion, and radical Islam, tweeted a strange thing. In a tweet, their logo was placed over The Lord of the Rings character Aragorn’s face as he fights against an army of warriors, except instead of warriors like orcs and whatever, he’s up against Marxism, feminism, anti-fascism, and other left-wing ideologies.
Apart from being laughable, Vox chose to represent the LGBT community and its issues with a tiny, smiling rainbow ghost – for whatever reason. Now, this ghost is a social media star and LGBT icon that goes by the name of Gaysper.
So that’s how the son of Arathorn, wielder of a legendary sword, scourge of orcs and war hero met his match – in an adorable gay ghost.
The tweet was made in the context of Spain’s general elections, in which Vox, in an attempt to attract attention, tried to recruit the warrior for its purposes. Under the now-viral image, there was a caption saying, “Let the battle begin!” The party’s logo was on Aragorn’s cloak.
Among the party’s foes are groups campaigning for Catalan independence. Interestingly, the actor who plays Aragorn in Lord of the Rings, Viggo Mortensen, is a member of Òmnium Cultural, a pro-independence Catalan group. Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf, is one of the founding members of the biggest LGBT charity in Britain, Stonewall.
The pugnacious tweet, augmented by a bad accent, was quick to elicit mockery and controversy as was its purpose. Warner Bros, the entertainment giant behind the LOTR franchise, tweeted back that they had not authorized political campaign use of their intellectual property
The cheeky ghost quickly became an LGBT mascot. Currently, it has over 5,000 followers on Twitter – and, of course, its own account.
An admirer superimposed the ghost’s face on Lady Gaga’s in a poster for the film “A Star is Born” and a Madrid councilor asked that an animated movie be made about it.
Spanish media El País reports that Gaysper is believed to be the work of Baiiley, a female designer who has sold goods featuring the design through Redbubble, an online marketplace, for quite a few years. If this is the case, she has yet to share her thoughts on the issue.