Tuesday 23 April 2019

Bolsonaro defends his sexually explicit tweet

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

Tom Embury-Dennis

Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has attempted to justify his tweeting of an explicit video and claimed he cannot be racist because a relative is "known as a big black man".

The 63-year-old earlier this month shared on social media a sexually explicit clip - reportedly filmed at Sao Paulo's annual street festival - in which a man is seen urinating on another person. He later tweeted: "What is a golden shower?"

The move was an attempt to discredit carnival-goers, many of whom protested Mr Bolsonaro's anti-LGBTQ policies and a money-laundering scandal involving the president and his personal driver.

Mr Bolsonaro, dubbed the "Trump of the Tropics", met US President Donald Trump at the White House yesterday. He told Fox News host Shannon Bream the video was already on the internet and "we just shared it to try to showcase how way off track carnival is going in Brazil".

"Also one of the things that got me elected president was my sense of respect to families, principles, traditions and customs, and of course respect towards our culture as well as our religion," he said.

Brazilians at the time were quick to condemn Mr Bolsonaro's tweet as a gross misrepresentation of the festival, which took place from February 28 to March 5. (© Independent News Service)

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