Note from BW of Brazil: So it seems that it is open season on black women who prominent in the Brazilian media. Cowardly attacks through social networks are about as normal as the thousands of memes that circulate through them. The actress Sheron Menezes is the latest in a list of prominent black women that include journalist Maria Júlia Coutinho, and actresses Taís Araújo and Cris Vianna. Nothing more to really report here except for a reminder to you: “Brazilians aren’t racists!” Well, at least 98.7% aren’t!
Actress Sheron Menezzes suffers racist attacks on social networks
The artist said she will take legal action to identify fake profiles. The actress is enjoying the holidays traveling in Europe
The Globo TV actress Sheron Menezes denounced in the early hours of Monday (12/7) through social networks, that she suffered racist attacks on her official Facebook page. The artist said she will take legal action to identify fake profiles. In a picture with her fiancée, Saulo Bernard, posted on Friday (12/4) a user made a montage of the actress with a monkey face and the caption “Qualquer semelhança é mera coincidência” (any similarity is purely coincidental)
Five minutes before posting the montage, the same user commented, “It’s well that they said a monkey is like human, they even know how to take a selfie”.
Sheron used Instagram to denounce the attacks. “Despicable racist, it’s no use coming onto my page and writing nonsense, swearing and aggressions, as they will have to swallow it for me and so many other black people in our country,” she wrote.
The artist stated that she “already expected” racist comments following the recent cyberattacks against other black women, as Taís Araújo and Cris Vianna, besides journalist Maria Júlia Coutinho, known as Maju.
“No use putting a monkey mask on my face or trying to offend me because it doesn’t affect me! I was trained from childhood, and I know my value! But it affects millions of people in Brazil who suffer such discrimination every day! And it’s for them that I decided to express myself,” Sheron wrote.
The actress said she will appeal to the Federal Police to identify the fake users. “Racism and intolerance have killed and continue to kill thousands of people, and those who practice this crime should go to your place, jail.” The Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro investigated 30 fake Facebook profiles to try to identify the perpetrators of offenses against Taís that took place on October 31st.
Whoever is identified will be charged with injúria racial (racial insults). Punishment can reach up to four years in prison for having been the internet the means of spreading the offense. If a link between offenders is proven, it can be characterized also as a crime of conspiracy, and punishment of up to eight years in prison. In another image of the actress with her fiancée, users commented: “You went to another country just to buy that black, how much did she as cost.” “I want a black woman also how much is she?”, published another. “Do you have authorization of IBAMA to walk with that gorilla in the street?”
Source: Correio Braziliense
- Some of the derogatory comments included: “The place of the black is the collection of cotton, not traveling to Europe”, “Do you have authorization from IBAMA (2) to walk with this gorilla on the street?” “If it’s blacked out you would only the smile”, “How much does it cost for a black to ride on a ship?” “Mixing with the Nescau (chocolate milk)” “I don’t even need to go to the zoo, I can see these photos with gorillas”, “Pretty, a shame that they don’t sell more”, “I didn’t buy a colored monitor to see it in black and white”, “I want a black woman too, how much does she cost?”, “Mechanical soap”, “A good slave”, “She makes good food”
- Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources