Note from BW of Brazil: Hmm, OK, so how should we file this? Should we label it under “we Brazilians aren’t racists”? The “difficulty of Brazilians admitting racist gaffes”? The “continuation of the myth of racial democracy“? Perhaps, “you blacks see racism in everything”. Over this past week of Carnaval festivities, today’s post outraged thousands of people as it was continuously shared in various social media outlets. Today’s story is so typically Brazilian in several ways. 1) Yet another example of Brazil’s continuous association of black people with monkeys, 2) An outlandish racist gesture while simultaneously denying any racist intent, 3) As with the infamous ‘Nega Maluca’ character, Carnaval costumes used to deny subliminal/blatant racist messages. What I wonder is how this man will explain the photo’s meaning to his son when he grows up and understands the symbolism. One other thing I would add here. Regardless of how people think, adopting a black child or even dating a black person doesn’t automatically disqualify someone from being racist or committing racist acts.
Father apologizes after dressing his black son as a monkey; image went viral on social networks
Courtesy of Revista Fórum
The photo was registered during a Carnival bloco in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Fernando Bustamante said that the intention was to characterize Abu, the best friend of the Aladdin character and was criticized by web users calling it racist.
Few costumes generated as much impact this year as that chosen by actor Fernando Bustamante to celebrate Carnival with his family. The couple appears dressed as the characters Aladdin and Jasmine, with his son on his shoulders characterized as Abu, the pet monkey. Going viral on social networks, the scene was soon criticized for exposing the boy, who is black, in an awkward position.
The photo was taken during a bloco in Belo Horizonte. After the fact, Bustamante apologized to those who were offended. “Many may see a monkey in the costume from yesterday. I see the best friend of Aladdin that will know the Ideal World with him and Jasmine. Without prejudice and much, much love”, he wrote on his Facebook page after being called a racist.
Source: Revista Fórum