Note from BW of Brazil: Disgusting! Absurd! Disrespectful! I’m sure there are plenty of other things that will come to mind after you read this story. Some readers come to this site and make comments asking why we continue to share these sorts of reports with the world. In their view, our little site would be “dirtying up Brazil’s image outside of the country.” So how do I respond to that? Well, it’s actually quite simple. 1) Even as people continue to live in denial in terms of how race and racism plays itself out in social relations, everyday we see different examples of how racial stereotypes continue to dictate the maintenance of the racial hierarchy. 2) If these things didn’t exist/happen, we wouldn’t be able to report on them!
The point here is, in numerous thought-provoking posts, many personal reflections of black Brazilian women, we see how many of these women are fed up with the hyper-sexual stereotypes that Brazilian society continues to associate with blackness. When beliefs in these stereotypes manifest themselves again and again, there is simply no use in trying to deny an almost automatic association between black women and sexuality in the minds of everyday Brazilians.
I mean, how many more examples do you need?
Just yesterday, we reported an incident in which a man at a mostly white country club accused a married black woman of “rubbing up against” many of the club’s male membership. In 2013, we saw a cartoon depiction of a black woman basically being a baby making factory. In 2011, we had the infamous racist Devassa beer advertisement in which the text and the photo played on well-known stereotypes of black female sexuality. Then we had the controversial television series Sexo e as Negas that was discontinued after endless protests of Afro-Brazilian women. Or how about Congressman Jair Bolsonaro’s comment associating singer Preta Gil with promiscuity? We won’t even speak on Carnaval season and the ‘indecent proposals’ that many black women surely receive from excited fans.
With such a long history linking black women to hyper-sexuality, today’s story is perhaps not even so shocking. What caught my attention was the fact that the mayor of the country’s second largest and perhaps most famous city was caught on camera unabashedly making such outlandish comments! I mean, if the mayor thinks this way, what does this say about the population as a whole? One other point to bring to the fore here is the fact that the article in the original Portuguese never once mentioned that the woman who was the recipient of such remarks by the mayor is black. One could say it is obvious because the woman appears in the video but it also speaks to the media’s refusal to point out subtle but often blatant examples of the racial imagery that is alive and well in the Brazilian consciousness!
In latest gaffe, Paes suggests that black woman will ‘f*ck a lot’ in new apartment
By Caio Barreto Briso
A 54 second video circulating on the Internet on Friday shows Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes making sexually oriented jokes with a woman who had just won an apartment from the City. “Oh my God, it’s me!”, exclaims Rita, receiving the key from the mayor. They enter the house and when they are in the room, Paes tells her, “You’ll do a lot of fucking in this little room.” Then asks if the woman is married. And adds: “You’ll bring a lot of boyfriends over here.” Also in the apartment, he insists, “Rita will have great sex here.”
Already outside, Paes shouts to the crowd of neighbors of the winner’s house, that attended the ceremony: “She said she will do a lot of canguru perneta (sex position of kangaroos) here. She’s liberated, huh. The password first,” says the mayor. At this time, the woman walks away, saying she will lock the front door. As if he understood the gravity of his behavior, Paes says to the cameraman: “Cut, huh.”
The date of the images and the occasion in which they were recorded are uncertain. Less than 24 hours after surfacing, the video had been viewed about 1 million times, with almost 5,000 shares on Facebook. First posting video, psychologist Fernanda Menezes wrote: “The mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, showing what he thinks of a poor black woman. Exposing what he supposed would be her sex life in a mocking and debauchery tone. Impossible (to be) more sexist and racist.”
Reactions on the internet were anger. “This Eduardo Insane Paes has no limit,” said one user. “Is he doing drugs?” asks another. “Disgusting”, says only a third.
The candidate for the succession of Paes, Pedro Paulo watched the scene from start to finish, laughing every time his ally opened his mouth. Sought via his representatives, the mayor didn’t wish to respond.
Source: Jornal Floripa