fbpx
×

Tired of all this political nonsense?

Sign up and get inspired everyday

Far-Right Candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, Elected President of Brazil: Why You Should Care

In October, Brazil elected far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro for President. Along with a long thread of homophobic, racist, and sexist quotes, he’s enabled a new Brazilian generation fueled on hateful speech.

There’s been an influx of violence in Brazil beginning at the infancy of Bolsonaro’s Presidential campaign.

Media has referenced Bolsonaro as a fascist, populist, and self-proclaimed Brazilian Churchill. Brazil is under a sheet of uncertainty regarding whether or not his problematic stances will be implemented during his presidency.

By highlighting quotes endorsed by the President-elect, it will provide a glimpse into the possible future of Brazil’s leadership.

In 2013, Bolsonaro declared himself “a proud homophobe“. Prior to his Presidential campaign, he was a Congressman with a notorious reputation of expressing homophobic, racist, and sexist stances.

Bolsonaro expressed that he is “ incapable of loving a homosexual child”. If his son was gay, Bolsonaro explains he’d be dead in his eyes and he’d prefer he die in a deadly accident. Throughout his political career, he has never concealed his anti-LGBT+ views.

Host of Stephen Fry: Out There, a show that explores homophobia around the world, Stephen Fry interviewed Bolsonaro in 2013 where he described his experience with Bolsonaro as a “chilling confrontation”. When Bolsonaro announced his campaign for President, Fry pleaded with Brazil to not elect him.

When it comes to Bolsonaro quotes in reference to women—they also elicit a strong response from the public. In 2014, congresswoman, Maria do Rosario, called him a rapist for supporting the military despite their violations of rape and torture.

In response, Bolsonaro said he is not a rapist, and if he were one, she wouldn’t be worthy of rape. He also added that she was very ugly in the following interview.

The indigenous people who live in designated land in the Amazon are now at risk.

He signed an executive order that will lead to “an increase in deforestation and violence against indigenous people.” Others are also worried that his presidency will further destroy the Amazon Rain Forest rather than protect it.

Bolsonaro is an avid apologist for torture. When Brazil was under a military dictatorship, Bolsonaro claims that it failed because they didn’t torture or kill enough.

A solution proposed by Bolsonaro to save Brazil is to start a civil war. A war that could potentially kill thousands, but for what?

Repeatedly, he has said that he will only govern for his supporters. When it comes to those who are against him, his solution is that they either fall in line with his ideology, leave the country, or go to jail.

There have been instances of Bolsonaro supporters murdering others in his name. Rather than Bolsonaro expressing his disapproval with their actions, he concludes that he has no control over them.

His hateful speech has triggered a cycle of violence between his supporters and opposition. Since the announcement of his victory, thousands of Brazilians have challenged his term.

Many worry that he will lead Brazil back under authoritarianism rule. It is important for the opposition to remain persistent and to fight for human rights.

By: Vivianna Shields

Comments

RECOMMENDED POSTS

480619508_6d02a29979_b

Immigration Narratives in Young Adult Literature and the Power of Humanizing Fictional Narratives

Now more than ever, the subject of immigration has been featured in the news and public periodicals, especially regarding political…

Jordan Curiel Self Portrait

Bulimia Recovery Isn’t a One-Off: I Live With my Eating Disorder

It starts small. “I have to get to class, so I’ll just grab coffee for breakfast.” “Right now I need…

Self-Expression – Voices

Self-Expression – Voices

“Basketball takes me to another place and captivates my attention in a way no other activity could.” Staten Island, NY…

freelance-writer

How To Be A Freelance Writer

As the gig economy continues to grow, one of the most in-demand industries for working remotely would be freelancing, which…

youth-incarceration

The Ugly Truth: Youth Incarceration in America

October was Youth Justice Awareness Month. Thirty-one days dedicated to raising awareness about youth incarceration, preventing youth from entering the…

LGBTQ – Voices

LGBTQ – Voices

“It is really easy to get caught up in these hairsplitting micro-identities and I definitely fell into that.” Queens, NY…

sp_8

How to Find Your True Self

“You are not weak for asking for help; you are stronger than I could ever tell you!” Marion, Indiana I…

Pop icon and Harry Styles announced the upcoming release of his newest album on November 4th, and the world went wild.

Harry Styles Blurs Line Between Femininity and Masculinity with New Album

Pop icon and Harry Styles announced the upcoming release of his newest album on November 4th, and the world went…

diversity literature

The Importance of Diversity in Literature

Within this age of America, our national demographic is made up, more than ever, of people of various nationalities, ethnicities,…