Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro: We Must Not Deal With Covid Like ‘A Country Of Sissies’

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday that Brazilians must not deal with the coronavirus like “a country of sissies.”

AFP translated “sissies” as “fags,” though that has been disputed:

“All anyone talks about these days is the pandemic. We need to stop that,” said Bolsonaro during the speech […]

“I regret the deaths. I really do. But we’re all going to die someday. There’s no use fleeing reality. We have to stop being a country of fags…. We have to face up to it and fight. I hate this faggot stuff.”

It was the latest in a long list of controversial statements on the pandemic from Bolsonaro, who has condemned the “hysteria” around Covid-19, compared the new coronavirus to a “little flu” and asserted that Brazilians’ immune systems were so strong they could swim in raw sewage and “not catch a thing.”

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Bolsonaro also lamented on Tuesday that the Chinese coronavirus had turned Brazil into “a country of maricas,” a term that roughly translates to “sissies” in Portuguese but in other Latin-based languages like Spanish is considered a slur against gay men.

Bolsonaro has also refused media demands that he prematurely recognize Joe Biden as president-elect. 

Bolsonaro himself, despite being stabbed in the stomach and nearly dying in 2018, survived coronavirus in August after taking hydroxychloroquine and has seen his popularity surge over the past year.



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