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The Real Brazil Is Not for Beginners

Election sound car Sunday afternoon in a dusty  road of a residential area of a city in the interior of Brazil. A car stops suddenly. From the car a 15-year old kid gets out together with his father. The very loud speakers scream: “Puta que o pariu (The whore who gave birth to you)”.

My little daughter asks me: “What does the song say?” My answer is to get all of the family out of front room into the back of our house. There the nasty song cannot be heard because we shut the windows despite the hot weather and turn on the TV.

A few minutes earlier, another car with loud speakers was running in the street with another song: “Vote for this guy number X.”

I know nothing of local politics, but I know all the names of the candidates to council members. Why? Because with a noise comparable to the one which hammers the people detained in the US base of Guantanamo, every hour of the day and night cars with loud speakers go down the streets playing stupid songs about the candidates.

Does anybody on earth vote based on a silly song heard in the streets? I do not know, but that is what people do here in the interior of Brazil.

Welcome to the real Brazil. Not fancy Rio de Janeiro or fashionable São Paulo, but the tough Brazil where most Brazilians live. Lawless  cities where you get used to anything.

There’s no respect for civil rights. You have to just get used to whatever happens. Here you’re always wrong and you cannot complain. This is the way it is they keep telling me. If you do not like it leave it.

It is amazing how Brazil is developing nowadays. Even with the marked slowdown in the economy, Brazil is much better off compared to 10, 15 years ago. Cities are growing at fast rate.

The interior of Brazil, however, seems to live another reality. Here the time has stopped. Here you have to get used to what happens and not to complain if you don’t want trouble.

The most popular TV show right now is the novela (soap opera) Avenida Brasil on Globo TV. Everybody is amazed by that. It is all too well to turn on the TV and be admiring the “true” Brazil, the real people. Then you turn off the TV and go to sleep in your pleasant apartment in Copacabana or Ipanema.

But if you live in the real Brazil the story is different. Your kids want to sleep but the car with loud speakers stops again in front of your place singing “puta que o pariu” at night. You cannot sleep.

Meanwhile on the backyard of your house a churrasco of what they call here “cat meat” invades your house with a terrible smell at night. Drunk women and men start singing loudly. And you start wondering what the hell you are doing here.

Do you like real Brazil right? Go there, stay there, live there. Then you are going change your mind. The beauty of the place and of nature goes together with people’s wildness.

Brainwashing is so deep that even in the kindergarten children sing “Ai, ai assim você mata o papai” (Wow, wow, this way you’ll kill daddy). The song has undoubtedly double meaning with heavy sexual content, but children don’t get it.

If I weren’t a foreigner  would I vote based on the songs heard in the streets? Maybe not. But what I can say for sure is that it’s not easy to adapt to this reality. And an old song comes to my mind: “Should I stay or should I go?”

Max Bono is an investigative journalist traveling in Brazil.  You can contact him at researchinrio@yahoo.com.

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  • Larissa

    Really?
    I lived in USA for two years. Philadelphia suburb to be exactly. Not the glamorous NY or exciting LA. While I was living there one terrorist attack to Boston marathon, a teenager entered shooting in a school in Columbus, an Au pair was rapped Washington, D.C. surroundings, I was very scared how the people dance on the dance floor “twerking”, I mean, putting their ass on the guys penies, while the man push the girl ass. Oh I forgot to tell about the song that play in most of the bars:” to the window, to the wall until sweat drop of my balls, all the bitches craw, all the bitches craw motherfucker” or “can you blow my whistle baby, let me know, girls I’ll show you how …” Sounds heavy sexual? The kids that I took care used to sing it because plays on the radio. Oh yeah I forgot one of the national idol Myley Sirus, teenagers love her and she appeared naked on her last music video, a very good example for the children. You should to go back to your country and see the reality there.

  • Larissa

    Really?
    I lived in USA for two years. Philadelphia suburb to be exactly. Not the glamorous NY or exciting LA. While I was living there one terrorist attack to Boston marathon, a teenager entered shooting in a school in Columbus, an Au pair was rapped Washington, D.C. surroundings, I was very scared how the people dance on the dance floor “twerking”, I mean, putting their ass on the guys penies, while the man push the girl ass. Oh I forgot to tell about the song that play in most of the bars:” to the window, to the wall until sweat drop of my balls, all the bitches craw, all the bitches craw motherfucker” or “can you blow my whistle baby, let me know, girls I’ll show you how …” Sounds heavy sexual? The kids that I took care used to sing it because plays on the radio. Oh yeah I forgot one of the national idol Myley Sirus, teenagers love her and she appeared naked on her last music video, a very good example for the children. You should to go back to your country and see the reality there.

  • Mikey

    Verdade
    You don’t have to go to the interior to find this level of ignorance. Itaipuacu, 40 minutes outside Rio will give you enough to book your return ticket back home. It’s honestly a shithole.

  • MP

    Introduce us
    Well, Mr. Bono, I’m Brazilian, I live in Brazil and I’d like to know this place and this people you describe! They are very exotic indeed! But they are not Brazilian AT ALL!

  • Fernando

    Ricardo’s shitty comments trying to defend Brazil in 3,2,1………….

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