Note from BW of Brazil: You know, with the rise the internet and social media, reporting on racism in Brazil could could actually be a full-time job on a big budget, corporate funded website with a fully-employed staff. Seriously, although this blog does cover headline making incidents involving race, to cover the incidents that happen on a daily basis, in 26 states and a Federal District would be no small task and would require more than a little input. Until that happens, we’ll continue doing our part to expose the real Brazil that so many still don’t want to recognize. When you have big names such as the man featured in today’s report, it begins to get all the more absurd that people still won’t acknowledge with big ‘R’ word.
Both of the figures we bring you today have been featured in past posts. The little five-year cutie has gained wide exposure on social media as a dancer and was featured on a previous post in which she let the world know the pride she has in her hair. She uses this pride to protect herself from the comments of people like the other subject, a billionaire owner of Brazil’s number three top TV network, SBT, and whose name has been mentioned in eight previous posts. In fact, in one of those posts, he was featured making the same sort of racist joke about a black girl’s hair for which he is featured today. Just a coincidence, right? Not at all, because the man, Silvio Santos (real name Senor Abravanel), has been known for making jokes of bad taste for many years. Today’s story is just the latest…
Silvio Santos makes a racist comment on program and receives criticism on the Internet
Courtesy of Brasil Post
Silvio Santos was criticized on the internet after he made a comment deemed racist during his program, which aired on Sunday (4) on SBT-TV.
In the “Talento Infantil” (Children’s Talent) part of the show, the host asked Elis, a little 5-year old black girl who lives in Rio de Janeiro, if she thought that she was OK with her cabelo crespo (kinky/curly hair). The child said she was and Silvio insisted and said the hair called “atenção demais” (too much attention).
The comments angered internet users, who called Santos racist and bigoted.
carol @ccarolfnsc: Silvio Santos being racist. I don’t deserve (this)
kyle @MrHughezz: Silvio Santos being racist with a CHILD. Disgusting
Luan Marques @LuannSz: Silvio Santos wasn’t racist with the little girl with afro hair, right.
Vitoso @ vitorlucas_1994: Do you (all) see how the Silvio Santos treats a white child with straight hair and how he questions a black girl with cabelo Black Power (afro)?
lara @lerriehurts: Silvio Santos teasing the girl’s afro hair is ridiculous.
Sarah @saraliliti: Silvio Santos talking to a 5 year old girl that with that hair (Black power) she may not be able to work on television. Ridiculous!
05/01 / 1999❤ @ 7Dressa: Ridiculous Silvio Santos with this prejudice! 👌. Let the girl have her cabelo black (afro), fuck if it calls attention or not! 😡👌👊✊
Elis is only five, but she’s already known on the Internet. She uses the stage name MC Elis and has about eight thousand followers on Facebook, drawing attention for her dance moves that mix Hip Hop and the so-called “passinho” (little step) characteristic style of the Rio’s favelas (slums). The little one has already met TV hosts Xuxa and Raul Gil and popular singer Ludmilla. She has a style that highlights black empowerment and proudly displays her cabelo crespo blackpower.
This is not the first time the 85 year old host has made prejudiced comments on TV. During the Teleton program in 2014, Silvio Santos made fun of the afro-textured hair of a young actress of the SBT TV program Chiquititas.
Silvio asked what she thought she would do when she grew up, and when she said she wanted to be an actress or singer, he asked, “com esse cabelo” (with this hair)?.
In April of this year, Silvio said that the actor João Guilherme Ávila of the Cúmplices de Um Resgate novela (soap opera) that he looked like a “fag” because of his wearing makeup.