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.
Jair Bolsonaro is the president of Brazil. Using his powers as president, he has not recognized Biden as winner of USA’s elections. Hence we, Brazilian conservatives, are using hashtag #BidenWasNotElected to show our support for president Trump.
— Vote 20.038 Jouberth Souza (@Jouberth19) November 10, 2020
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.