I’m doing some research about what people from other countries say about Brazil
And everyone is like “oh, it’s beautiful, beaches everywhere, very nice and beautiful people, but it’s a dangerous place so don’t be surprised if you get kidnapped”
And I’m like
Wow, beaches everywhere? I haven’t been to the beach in llike 5 years or so
Every morning when I go to work people who are in a hurry push me and don’t even apologize and no one is smiling, if anything most people are obviously annoyed because WORK
And I won’t even get started on the ‘beautiful people’ thing. Specially if you tell me that “brazilian women are beautiful” because you are obviously fetishizing an inaccurate stereotype
And though I do admit that criminality is an issue here, please don’t talk as if you could be kidnapped any time after you step out of your house
I’m so done here
If think they are talking specifically about Rio and the Northeast, the most marketable regions of Brazil.
That’s the image we are selling of Brazil. Our media and government decides what they show to us and to the world, and that is the pre-fabricated information the rest of the worl will have. Many countries suffer from that, like Mexico (poor people, tequila, old cities!) and Chile (more old cities and alpacas?) and even South Africa (poor people). Sometimes, not even great events like the World Cup can change this.
We get what we sell, and we are selling this all the time. Take Rio for example. Carlos Saldanha is brazilian, yet he explores the imaginery of the mystical Rio, filled with hot girls, carnival and slums.
We can’t deny that is a reality, but the problem is that since it is the only reality that is marketed, it becomes the image of Brazil for the world.
It pisses me off, but I’ve always met open minded people asking about what really is Brazil. Most of the time, people don’t really want to research about a country and only know what the media shows them. If you tell them what is the real deal, they are willing to hear what you have to say.