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Subject: The Simpsons vs. Brazil


Posted by Gracie disciple
On Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 19:57:58

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Did anyone see the Simpsons' episode that portrayed Brazil in a most american way? The family was robbed, eaten by snake, kidnapped, abused by monkeys, men are bisexual, etc. How horrible. How are Brazilians feeling about this?
RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by MIguel
On Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 20:07:10

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How do they feel. Well that's exactly how it is in Brazel. Idoit! Don't take everything in a cartoon serlously.
RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by Gracie disciple
On Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 04:53:42

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Migel, you are the idiot because you are too passive. In case you haven't heard, the country of Brazil is suing the show over the issue.
RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by Pervert Gringo
On Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 10:12:33

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Gee, you could look at it this way - the episode is not making fun of Brazil, it's making fun of the stupid ideas that most Americans have of Brazil. I can't tell you how many Americans have asked me if I lived in a real house down there, or if there wasn't jungles and monkeys everywhere. People here in the U.S. are that stupid - and those are the educated ones. Who knows what the Jerry Springer crowd thinks.

I think the Brazilians should lighten up and take a joke. I haven't seen the episode, but the Simpsons are usually pretty damn funny.


RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by Gracie disciple
On Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 12:20:48

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To be more specific, the Brazilian government is upset. They had spent something like 10% of GDP to promote Brazil, and then all of a sudden the Simpsons episode comes along to ruin things. I haven't seen the episode but would like to see what the fuzz is about.
RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by PG
On Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 19:16:46

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But how did a silly cartoon ruin things? How many people really make their travel decisions based on the Simpsons? If Brazil had just stayed quiet, no one would have noticed...
RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by Gracie D.
On Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 23:31:49

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You are a fool. The Gracie designed the UFC and other events to make you pay. Play by there rules and you will rules! Your learning wrestling/judo with the price only a fool would pay. You will find out soon do not worry. Idoit! I find you in the street and you will have rude awaking, believe me! Maybe!
RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by PG
On Friday, April 12, 2002 at 06:05:49

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excuse my language, Gracie Dickhead, but what the fuck are you going on about? please try to at least be coherent, if not intelligent...
RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by Sick
On Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 20:07:48

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Dear Gracie Despicable,

Our Presidents, Cardoso and Bush, should get together...they could possibly combine for a complete brain:

"The Brazilian president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, has entered the fray claiming that the cartoon 'brought a distorted vision of Brazilian reality'."

What a comment that is. The Simpsons is a satire, and satire IS a "distorted vision of reality" to make a larger point. The Rio Tourism Board doesn't fair much better:

"Rio tourism board president Jose Eduardo Guinle asked the board's legal team to look into what action could be taken.
'He understands it is a satire,' tourism board spokesman Sergio Cavalcanti said at the time. 'What really hurt was the idea of the monkeys, the image that Rio de Janeiro was a jungle. ... It's a completely unreal image of the city.'"

He "understands" that it is a satire? Apparently not.

Did Brazilians get this upset back in 1985 when director Terry Gilliam released his futuristic satire entitled "Brazil"? Or was that OK since it really had nothing to do with Brazil? Or, how about the 1978 film "The Boys From Brazil"? Remember that one? Nazis? Cloning Hitler? Is that an unfair depiction of "Brazilian reality"? Well maybe that last film didn't upset the military dictatorship TOO much.

Speaking of how Brazil is portrayed in the media and films and such, what about the Brazilian movie "Central Station"? A great movie I must say. I loved it. But, I hold no delusions about Brazil or any place else for that matter, especially America. However, do you think an American would be too hip on traveling to Brazil after seeing that movie? I think Central Station does more harm to Brazilian tourism than if the producers at FOX had INTENDED to damage tourism to Rio, instead of mocking American middle class ignorance, which is what the Simpsons true point is.

So please, get a clue...and/or lighten up. It's only satire.
RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by Sick
On Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 20:38:08

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>To be more specific, the Brazilian government is upset. They had spent something like 10% of GDP to promote Brazil, and then all of a sudden the Simpsons episode comes along to ruin things. I haven't seen the episode but would like to see what the fuzz is about.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot this comical comment by disGracie. From the same article in The Guardian that I quoted above:

"A statement from the Rio tourist board said that it has recently spent US$18m (12.5m) promoting the city abroad and that the episode will have "drastic consequences" in the US market."

Soooo disGracie, you are under the impression that the GDP of Brazil is only US$180m?!?!

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Let me reiterate, get a CLUE!

RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by FernandoBN
On Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 19:30:21

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We Brazilians must stop wondering what people gonna think about us! We have a lot of serious issues to deal with! We must strive to change the
"status Quo" of that country! Education, jobs, development, crime, hunger and etc! The Simpsons episode was a satire!
RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by Barto
On Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 21:16:29

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Just to interject: The Simpsons also did a show in which they all went to New York. If I recall, it wasn't very flattering. I also don't recall NYC threatening lawsuits. FernandoBN is right; Brazil has better things to worry about than a satirical cartoon.
RE: The Simpsons vs. Brazil
Posted by Barto
On Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 21:16:40

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Just to interject: The Simpsons also did a show in which they all went to New York. If I recall, it wasn't very flattering. I also don't recall NYC threatening lawsuits. FernandoBN is right; Brazil has better things to worry about than a satirical cartoon.

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