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Brazil’s President Told A Reporter He Had A “Homosexual’s Face” At A Truly Bizarre Press Conference

Brazil’s LGBTQ+ community has faced significant challenges in the past few years. The primarily Catholic country tends to experience high levels of homophobia based on religious dogma. Trans women in Brazil are not only discriminated against, but also harmed and murdered at dramatic rates, some of the highest in the world. Added to this, the far-right is back in power and Jair Bolsonaro, a businessman who many compare to Donald J Trump for his populist discourse and extreme conservative views, is the president.

Like Trump, Bolsonaro often blames the media for everything, Bolsonaro is particularly wary of the conglomerate Globo (like Trump is, say, of CNN). He has constantly accused the media of bias and also made derogatory comments against women and minorities. His mishandling of the Amazon fires and the imperialist approach he has to indigenous communities are also infamous. 

Bolsonaro is outspoken and sometimes seems to just wing it in speeches, saying outrageous things that are both often half-truths and testament to his intransigent worldview (does it sound eerily familiar?). A recent episode evidences just how deeply flawed Bolsonaro’s views on diversity are and how threatening the current sociopolitical climate is for LGBTQ+ Brazilians is. 

So during a press conference Bolsonaro was asked about his son’s alleged acts of corruption.

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Brazil, after all, is part of Latin America, a region where politicians and presidents are infamous for being either corrupt or having shady family or friends. So one would assume that the Brazilian president would know how to respond to questions about corruption among his family members. It literally is the bread and butter of Latin American politics.

Well, Bolsonaro was confronted by a reporter, who asked him about his son, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, and claims that point to institutional corruption that leads to him.

As The Telegraph UK reports, during a heated exchange “Mr Bolsonaro accused the press of bias against him and his son, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, who is being investigated by prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro over allegations that he hired staff with no duties while he was a state legislator.”

The Senator has also been accused of hiring “ghost workers” in the past. The younger Bolsonaro has denied these allegations and conservative groups in Brazil point towards a left-wing, Lula-supporting conspiracy against the Bolsonaro administration. 

So did the president keep his cool? Nah! He lashed out against the reporter saying he had “a homosexual’s face”. Yes, he went there! Like, WTF dude?

Think about the worst that a politician can say and you will not even be close to what Bolsonaro told the reporter. Ready? Here it goes: “Your face looks an awful lot like a homosexual’s, but that’s no reason to accuse you of being a homosexual.”

Let’s unpack this a little bit: he basically argued that there is a “homosexual” type of face (which is the first sign of discrimination, which starts with generalizations) and he implied that homosexuality is wrong, something that people can be “accused” of. His supporters and staff laughed as he said this, while the opposition took on social media to post head shots of themselves with the caption “homosexual face”.

Bolsonaro is famous for his incendiary comments, of course, as The Telegraph reminds us: “Mr Bolsonaro has a history of making derogatory remarks about women, gay people and racial minorities, including on last year’s campaign trail, though such comments have been less frequent since he took office at the beginning of this year.” It seems like his PR team is trying to reign him in, but he sometimes goes off script and chaos follows.

But what on Earth is a “homosexual’s face”? Perhaps this?

Mr Bolsonaro, Ricky Martin is definitely much hotter than you, you gotta give him that. If this is a “homosexual face” then, damn, that reporter is lucky. 

What about this gorgeous queer face?

Miss Spain Patricia Yurena has come out as gay. Is this what you meant by a “homosexual’s face”, Mr Bolsonaro?

Or perhaps the mug of Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz?

We wonder if Bolsonaro, or anyone in his circle for that matter, would dare to mock Cruz based on him being gay. He packs a mean punch! Orlando came out a few years ago and rocked a sport which is based on a very set idea of what masculinity is. The boxing community was surprisingly supportive and homophobic comments were highly criticized. 

Are these faces in Sao Paolo what you would describe as “homosexual”, Mr Bolsonaro?

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We got a question for you, Jair. Are you as proud about yourself as these brave Brazilians? Nah, we didn’t think so. 

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Blames Indigenous Tribes For Amazon Fires

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Blames Indigenous Tribes For Amazon Fires

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President Jair Bolsonaro is blaming the indigenous community for the fires that raged in the Amazon. The fires set off international outrage as the rainforest faced unprecedented destruction by out of control fires. President Bolsonaro went against the rest of the international community during a speech to the U.N.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wants the United Nations to know that indigenous people were responsible for the Amazon fires.

In a remote session opening the U.N. General Assembly, President Bolsonaro spoke at length about the indigenous communities starting the fires. He also used the speech to speak out against the criticism his administration is receiving over his environmental policies and his response to Covid. Brazil is currently the second most infected country in the world with the second highest death rate.

The Amazon has experienced increased fires since President Bolsonaro took office.

For the first seven months of 2020, 13,000 sq. km. (5,019 sq. miles) of the Brazilian rainforest have burned. This year saw the second-highest level of fires on a global scale with fires raging across the Amazon, Australia, and the West Coast of the U.S.

President Bolsonaro openly contradicted expert findings to fit his narrative.

President Bolsonaro claims that the humidity of the forest contains the fires. According to President Bolsonaro’s speech, fires in the Amazon only happen in certain areas because of how well the humidity can keep the fires in check.

“The fires practically occur in the same places, on the east side of the forest, where peasants and Indians burn their fields in already deforested areas,” Bolsonaro said.

President Bolsonaro’s speech touches on the environmental record his administration is known for.

The Bolsonaro administration has made dismantling environmental and indigenous rights since taking power. The administration has worked to limit the amount of land available to indigenous people and to open up Amazonian rainforest to miners, loggers, farmers, developers, and other uses that are damaging and contributing to the fires. Deforestation by these industries are largely to blame for the out-of-control wildfires that burned for a very long time in the Brazilian Amazon.

Activists are getting ready to fight for the indigenous community and the rainforest.

“We must denounce this political catastrophe that destroys the environment and our future,” Sonia Guajajara, head of Brazil’s main Indigenous umbrella organization, to NBC News.

READ: Under Bolsonaro, The Brazilian Amazon Has Reached Record-Breaking Levels Of Deforestation

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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Netflix has a new food show out and it has everyone buzzing. “Street Food: Latin America” is bringing everyone the sabor of Latin America to their living room. However, reviews are mixed because of Argentina and the lack of Central American representation.

Netflix has a new show and it is all about Latin American street food.

Some of the best food in the world comes from Latin America. That is just a fact and it isn’t because our families and community come for Latin America. Okay, maybe just a little. The food of Latin America comes with history and stories that have shaped our childhood. For many of us, it is the only thing we have that connects us to the lands our families have left.

The show is highlighting the contributions of women to street food.

“Street Food: Latin America” focuses mainly on the women that are leading the street food cultures in different countries in Latin America. For some of them, it was a chance to bring themselves out of poverty and care for their children. For others, it was a rebellion against the male-dominated culture of cooking in Latin America.

However, some people have some strong opinions about the show and they aren’t good.

There is a lot of attention to native communities in the Latino community culturally right now. The Argentina episode where someone claims that Argentina is more European is rubbing people the wrong way right now. While the native population of Argentina is small, it is still important to highlight and honor native communities who are indigenous to the lands.

The disregard for the indigenous community is upsetting because indigenous Argentinians are fighting for their lives and land.

An A Jazeera report focused on an indigenous community in northern Argentina who were fighting to protect their land. After decades of discrimination and humiliation, members of the Wichi community fought to protect their land from the Argentinian government grabbing it in 2017. Early this year, before Covid, children of the tribe started to die at alarming rates of malnutrition.

Another pain point in the Latino community is the complete disregard of Central America.

Central America includes Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Belize, and Panama. Central America’s exclusion is not sitting right with Netflix users with Central American heritage. Like, how can five whole countries be looked over during a Netflix show about street food in Latin America?

Seems like there is a chance for Netflix to revisit Latin America for more food content.

There are so many countries in Latin America that offer delicious foods to the world. There is more to Latin America than Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia.

READ: This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

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