Note from BW of Brazil: The facts and nothing but the facts. Using the internet and social networks to express racist sentiments is nothing new; here, we are simply reporting the news that actress Cris Vianna is the latest to be targeted in the country in which 92% openly admit the existence of racism while only 1.3% admit to being racist.
Actress Cris Vianna is the target of racist comments on the Internet
Spokesperson of the Globo actress said she is already taking appropriate legal action
By Marcelo Kervalt
The actress Cris Vianna, who plays the Indira character on the novela A Regra do Jogo (the rules of the game), on Rede Globo (TV), was the target of racist comments on the Internet on Sunday. “Have you already used this hair to clean the house today, African?” “Looks like the Bombril (scouring pad brand) (1) my mother uses in the sink”, “You African primate”, “Where’s Ibama (2) to get this porcupine off of Facebook” and “Macaca” (monkey) were just some of the comments she received in a posting made in September on her Facebook profile.
Amid the flood of racist words, some friends and the fans came out in defense of the actress. “Cris is beautiful and has the most beautiful hair yet,” countered one woman.
The Globo actress used another social network – Instagram – to respond. “Unfortunately, we are still going through this in the middle of 2015. Recently, the victim was the competent journalist Maria Júlia Coutinho. And now, just a month after my beautiful colleague Taís Araújo having been shamefully and cowardly attacked, here we are again needing to face hidden racists under the pretense of anonymity of the internet. On Sunday night, my Facebook page received a series of prejudiced comments, immediately recorded and sent to court. I cannot remain silent,” read an excerpt of the text published on Monday.
A spokesperson for the actress told the EGO website that “she is already taking appropriate legal action.”
Source: Zero Hora
- It’s amazing how often this term is used in Brazil in reference to black hair. To have an idea, these are all of the articles where the term comes up.
- Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources)