San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has responded to allegations made by actor Orlando Bloom regarding his behaviour at this year’s Comic-Con.
Variety reports that Bloom told the audience that Faulconer stopped by the Prime Video activation and chose the Carnival Row section to enter (Carnival Row is an upcoming fantasy TV series starring Bloom and Cara Delevingne).
In the installation, punters are asked if they want to be a human or a creature.
Bloom claims the mayor chose creature, and was then given an identity card. Since all creatures are immigrants in the series, his card explained that he was “a mythological scrappy immigrant trying to make it in an oppressive new land.”
The actor alleged that the mayor said something to the effect of, “Oh no, I can’t have anything to do with immigration” and abruptly left the activation.
Faulconer’s spokesperson refuted the claims, saying he left because the wait was too long.
“The Mayor never even went inside the activation for this show as there was a wait. He continued to tour the area and saw activations for other Amazon studio shows,” press secretary Ashley Bailey said in a statement to Deadline. “Mayor Faulconer has a strong record on immigration, including working with nonprofits and local agencies to provide shelter to migrant families, and advocating for comprehensive immigration reform.”
Faulconer tweeted a video earlier in the week, showing himself taking in the scene at Comic-Con.
“A morning at #ComicCon is a morning well spent,” he tweeted.
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— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) July 18, 2019