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This Brazilian Girl Dressed Up As A Mom For Halloween And People On The Internet Are Celebrating Her Creativity

As young girls, we all looked up to our Latina moms. I remember watching my mom paint dark black eyeliner onto her lids, slip on her impossibly high heels, walk into a room and own it. I also remember her shoving my 11-year-old bully up against a brick wall, demanding that he call his mother for her that instant and calmy, savagely decimating his ego before my very eyes. Our moms are fierce, and their superhero costumes come in a variety of shapes and colors. 

This Brazilian niña, however, chose a not-all-heroes-wear-capes take her Halloween costume of a mom. The details are unfortunate but make for a wonderful and unforgettable costume.

Young Yasmin painted vomit on one shoulder and spilled milk on the other to look like her mother.

Credit: Ione Carvalho / Facebook

Yasmin was invited to a Halloween party this year, but her mother, Ione Carvalho, told her they didn’t have the budget for a pre-made Halloween costume. Like every good Latina mother, she told Yasmin to use her imagination. That she did. 

Yasmin is wearing leggings, old flip flops, an oversized shirt with vomit painted on one shoulder and spilled milk on the other. To top the look off, she painted bags under her eyes, put her hair in a messy ponytail, and is slinging a baby bag, a plastic bag of groceries and an entire fake baby along.

Meanwhile, this is her mother’s Facebook profile photo.

Credit: Ione Carvalho / Facebook

I have questions. The Internet has questions, and the Internet asked. Ione shared the photos of her daughter with the caption [in Portuguese], “Pre Halloween dance and Yasmin was characterized as a mother !!! She’s wearing the uniform of a very busy mother with gym pants, a shirt, tennis and a bun in her hair … Don’t forget the child’s bag, the diaper on the shoulder, the vomit on the other and the spoiled milk!”

Most folks praised her daughter’s creativity and even joked that Yasmin was in too good of character, “already showing the hardness” of being a young mother. Someone else commented, “You should win an award for the idea hahaha the best costume ever.”

Critics are not okay with the disheveled new mom stereotype.

Credit: Ione Carvalho / Facebook

The Facebook post has nearly 10,000 likes and 21,000 shares at the time of this publication. It’s gone viral in Brazil, and Yasmin has even appeared on a local Brazilian show to talk about the experience. With any kind of fame, there is criticism. In a Facebook comment, Ione reportedly responded to a critic, “If you’re a mom and never got to this state, congratulations, but don’t judge. … This mom can be anybody. I didn’t say it was all of them. It’s just an infantile fantasy made by a mom on a budget. Don’t cause so much drama.”

The “Tired Mom” or “Mombie” look is far from new.

Credit: @milkymommasinc / Twitter

A quick Twitter search turns up photos of new parents dressing up as an “Undead Dad” and “Mombie” duo. Those varieties typically require more blood makeup than your typical “Tired Mom.” The zombie trope is one and the same with the stereotype for a new mom minus the cannibalism. New parents are often sleep-deprived, sunken-eyed, smell weird. So they say. 

Last year, a New Mexico teen went viral for her imitation of a “Tired Mom.” 

Credit: @SourceforFunny / Twitter

Then 13-year-old Jillian Schnerch enjoyed the low-budget costume that was met with viral acclaim in 2018. The jury is split on these costumes. Some jokingly tweeted that they felt “superrrrr attacked.” One mom layered the joke by dressing up as a tired mom herself, tweeting, “I don’t know why people keep complimenting my Halloween costume… I didn’t even dress up this year. I’m just dressed as myself, a tired mom.”

Meanwhile, Jezebel rightly reported that the “Tired Mom” routine is only as infuriating as the lack of “Tired Dad” costumes. Is it because fathers aren’t as likely to stretch themselves in childcare or domestic work? Is it because women are far more scrutinized for their appearance than men? Or is it because “tired dads” are praised for measuring up to the bar women have been oppressed by for centuries? We can’t say.

All we know is that Yasmin is certainly enjoying her time in the spotlight, and hasn’t let go of her fake baby just yet.

Credit: Ione Carvalho / Facebook

Of course, her mother’s lesson isn’t lost on any of us, and hopefully not on Yasmin. Latina moms have always led us to believe our creative genius is worth more than the money they might not be able to give us. Gracias, mami.

READ: A Gay Canadian Couple Upped The Racist Halloween Costume Game And Twitter Has Some Opinions

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Currently, Brazil is one of the world’s epicenters of the coronavirus. In March 2021, Brazil saw 66,573 COVID-19-related deaths. That means 1 in every 3 COVID-related deaths worldwide are occuring in Brazil.

And it doesn’t appear that the numbers will be slowing down anytime soon. While the United States is making strides in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Brazil is lagging far behind. And things are about to get a lot more complicated.

On Tuesday, Brazil passed a bill that would allow corporations to buy up as many vaccines as they can get their hands on, and privately distribute them to their employees first.

Elected officials in Brazil are arguing that the country has become so desperate to vaccinate its citizens, that it doesn’t matter who gets the vaccines first at this point.

The country, once renowned for having one of the most robust and efficient public vaccine-distribution programs in the world, has failed to make strides towards getting their citizens vaccinated.

“We are at war,” said the leader of the chamber, Arthur Lira. “And in war, anything goes to save lives.” We don’t know about you, but usually when it comes to war, we’ve heard that soldiers prioritize the health and safety of young, the weak, and the elderly before their own? We digress…

Brazil’s plan to privatize the vaccine rollout has brought up moral and ethical questions.

From the beginning, the World Health Organization has asked countries to first prioritize essential health workers and then high-risk populations when distributing the vaccine.

Anything other than that would promote a pay-to-play schemes in which the rich could protect their lives before poor people could. And poor people are more likely to die from COVID-19 in the first place.

As Alison Buttenheim, behavioral scientist and expert on the equitable allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine said, vaccine distribution should not “exacerbate disparities and inequities in health care,” but instead address them. Brazil’s vaccine rollout plan would fail to do any of the above.

If countries begin to allow the rich to prioritize their own interests during the vaccine rollout, the consequences could be disastrous.

In a time when the world is stoked by fear and uncertainty, the worst thing that can happen is for rich companies to exacerbate inequalities by effectively choosing who lives or dies.

As the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization said at the beginning of the global vaccine rollout: “any distribution of vaccines should advance human well-being and honor global equity, national equity, reciprocity, and legitimacy.”

Poor Brazilians should not be left to fend for themselves against COVID-19 simply because they are poor.

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Brazil is Fining Apple $2 Million For Selling the iPhone 12 Without A Charger, And We’re Not Mad About It

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Brazil is Fining Apple $2 Million For Selling the iPhone 12 Without A Charger, And We’re Not Mad About It

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It seems like every new product rollout, Apple gets stingier and stingier with what they include with each purchase. And while Brazil has recently been in the headlines for controversial news, this time, they have the public opinion on their side. Standing up for consumers, Brazil is fining Apple for alleged “false advertising”.

On Friday, a consumer watchdog agency announced that Brazil is fining Apple for $2 million. The reason? Not including a charger with the iPhone 12.

According to Procon, the São Paulo-based consumer protection agency, Apple’s decision not to include a charger with the iPhone 12 amounts to “false advertising”. Procon also accused Apple of selling “defective products”, creating unfair contracts for consumers, and failing to repair products that are still under warranty.

Per Brazilian media, Procon contacted Apple last year to ask them why they were now excluding chargers and earbuds. However, the company “never offered a convincing explanation” to the Brazilian agency.

“Apple needs to understand that in Brazil there are solid laws and institutions for consumer protection,” said Procon executive Fernando Capez, explaining why Brazil is fining Apple. “It needs to respect these laws and these institutions.” 

In October of 2020, Apple announced that it would no longer include chargers or earbuds in their iPhone boxes. The company cited “environmental concerns”.

But savvy consumers couldn’t help but be skeptical of Apple’s explanation. Some people thought that Apple’s “environmental decision” was simply a pretense. In reality, they thought it might be a gimmick to take more money from customers under the pretense of environmentalism.

For one, we fail to see how including chargers and earbuds in an iPhone package would help the environment. Wouldn’t individual boxes for each product simply contribute to more waste? We digress….

In general, consumers across the globe can’t help but…agree with Procon.

Anyone who is an Apple devotee (read: prisoner) knows that you can end up feeling trapped as a customer. You become roped into an endless cycle of buying products that seem to be diminishing in quality every year. Not only that, but every year, the iPhone becomes more expensive while customers get less bang for their buck.

But at some point, you feel like you have to buy Apple products. Because of how Apple designs their products, all of the technology you own (laptops, tablets, chargers, etc.) only works with Apple products.

Starting to buy a different brand would be akin to throwing away hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars you’ve already invested in Apple tech. To be an Apple customer is to be stuck in a vicious cycle.

Hopefully, other governments will follow suit. After all, big tech has been taking advantage of consumers for too long.

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