Far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is under fire after tweeting a video of one man urinating on another in public.
Bolsonaro, who is renowned for homophobic, misogynistic, and racist comments, was suggesting Brazil’s famous Carnival had become morally corrupt.
The video shows one scantily-clad man shaking and playing with his ass in front of a large crowd. Another man then urinates on his hair.
(The not suitable for work Tweet is below).
‘I don’t feel comfortable showing it, but we have to expose the truth to the population’ Bolsonaro wrote.
‘This is what many streets have turned into in the Brazilian carnival’ he wrote.
He later also tweeted ‘What’s a golden shower?’.
The president’s office, meanwhile, defended Bolsonaro.
‘There was no intention to criticize the carnival in a generic way, but rather to characterize a clear distortion of its spirit’ it later said.
Bolsonaro, who took office in January, has described himself as a ‘proud homophobe’.
LGBTI activists worry Bolsonaro ushered in a new wave of terror for Brazil’s LGBTI community.
A lot of progressive Brazilians used this year’s celebrations to protest Bolsonaro.
Videos posted online showed revelers chanting ‘get screwed Bolsonaro’. Others created effigies of the president and threw beer cans at it.
They also used this year’s celebrations, taking place before Lent across the country, to highlight the unresolved murder of black LBGTI activist Marielle Franco.
Bolsonaro on Wednesday (6 March) faced a wave of criticism over his Tweet.
Major local neswpapers described the sexually explicit tweet as an embarrassment to the president.
What’s more, others called for the courts to impeach Bolsonaro. The hashtag #ImpeachmentBolsanoro trended on Brazilian Twitter.
David Miranda, possibly Brazil’s only openly-gay politician, meanwhile, tweeted a video of a person with a disability enjoying Carnival.
‘Bolsonaro released that video to represent our carnival. I choose this, the inclusion’ he also wrote.
O Bolsonaro divulgou aquele vídeo pra representar o nosso carnaval.
Eu escolho esse, o da inclusão pic.twitter.com/pEbToOffyr
— David Miranda (@davidmirandario) March 6, 2019
Brazil’s ‘Proud Homophobe’
Many LGBTI Brazilians who said they were fearful for their rights and safety under the rule of the openly homophobic Bolsonaro.
Prior to the presidency, Brazil saw a spate of same-sex weddings, as same-sex couples rushed to marry before Bolsonaro took office.
Though same-sex marriage has been legal in Brazil since 2013, many LGBTI people worry that Bolsonaro might begin rescinding LGBTI rights during his presidency.
2018 has also been one of the deadliest years for Brazil’s LGBTI community.
In September, Brazilian LGBTI rights group said more than 300 LGBTI people have been murdered in Brazil in 2018.
Importantly, that’s up from 220 by the same time the previous year.
And here is his tweet:
Não me sinto confortável em mostrar, mas temos que expor a verdade para a população ter conhecimento e sempre tomar suas prioridades. É isto que tem virado muitos blocos de rua no carnaval brasileiro. Comentem e tirem suas conslusões: pic.twitter.com/u0qbPu9sie
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) March 5, 2019