This 1 July 2019 video says about itself:
Brazilians Celebrate LGBT Pride, Rejecting Bolsonaro’s Homophobic Backlash
Brazil’s LGBT community celebrated across the country over the last week, for Gay Pride. Michael Fox reports.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has turned out hard against a journalist in front of spinning cameras, saying that he “had a terrible homosexual face”.
Bolsonaro answered questions on Friday near his working palace in Brasilia. The journalist from the critical newspaper O Globo asked him about his son Flavio, who is being investigated for corruption, and about a close friend of the president who is also said to be involved.
Bolsonaro responded fiercely.
Bolsonaro‘s son Flavio is a representative of the state of Rio de Janeiro. He has appointed ‘ghost employees’ according to the indictment and let their wages flow back to himself. In addition, the Brazilian Public Prosecutor suspects him of money laundering. Flavio Bolsonaro denies the accusations.
The comments made by the Brazilian head of state to the reporter were welcomed by cheering and smiling supporters of the president, who had already attracted attention with homophobic statements a few times before. For example, he said in 2011 that he was unable to love a gay son: “I’d rather have that my son died in an accident than that he would show up with some bloke with a moustache.”
The LGBTQ movement in Brazil is furious about it. Some posted pictures of themselves and of gay celebrities with the caption “a terrible gay face.”
I don’t care what people’s sexual orientation is, I prefer not to know. I don’t parade around screaming I’m heterosexual and demanding special treatment. How about we keep our private lives private. This is all in the grand scheme of destroying the family unit.
Bolsonaro does not keep sexual orientation private. He uses it as a political insult, even against a journalist of which he does not know the sexual orientation.
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