|Jair Bolsonaro (image via Flickr/Agência Brasil Fotografias – CC License)|
The virulently anti-gay president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, tweeted this short video yesterday.
The text apparently reads, “I feel uncomfortable showing it, but we have to expose the truth for the population to know and always make its priorities. This is what many street parties in Brazil’s Carnival have become. Comment and draw your conclusions.”
Não me sinto confortável em mostrar, mas temos que expor a verdade para a população ter conhecimento e sempre tomar suas prioridades. É isto que tem virado muitos blocos de rua no carnaval brasileiro. Comentem e tirem suas conslusões: pic.twitter.com/u0qbPu9sie
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) March 5, 2019
Conservatives in Brazil apparently despise the Carnival celebrations viewing them as ‘heathen.’
From The Washington Post:
The tweets underscored one of the tactics that helped get Bolsonaro elected: stoking cultural wars.
As a congressman for 28 years, Bolsonaro frequently made disparaging comments about gays, women, indigenous groups and blacks.
While such comments always draw sharp criticism, they also garner Bolsonaro attention and feed the leader’s narrative as being somebody unencumbered by questions of political correctness.
Brazil’s Carnival is famed for an anything-goes atmosphere, and Sao Paulo alone had more than 500 street parties, called “blocos,” during Carnival. Many such parties nationwide involve heavy drinking, dancing and people in scant clothing.
On Wednesday Bolsonaro posted another tweet that seemed to taunt his critics: “What is a golden shower?” he wrote.