Dear Brazilian That Falls Into The Title Category,
Brazil is a beautiful country with beautiful people and everything within its borders to essentially make it a paradise on earth. There is enough sun to power the country through solar energy. There are minerals and agriculture enough to trade and feed the population. There is enough human power to have a nation of workers who can produce national products to make the world marvel. There are beautiful beaches, historic cities, modern mega-cities . There is a rich cultural history in music, arts, literature. There is even exquisite cuisine from a lot of the states in the Northeast. Brazil has quite possibly everything going for it to make it a first class country, a safe haven for its own citizens, and a respected nation in the world without the need to start global conflicts and fight in endless wars. Yet – you are none of these things. That is your fault. You brought this upon yourselves – and now that the world had a microscope focused squarely on you and saw your warts up close and personally, they wasted no time commenting on them, and you wasted no time getting your feelings hurt.
The interesting thing about Brazilians who complain about foreign criticism is that many of these same people are making the same criticisms of Brazil. Their only reason for getting upset is because these are foreigners – which to a crying Brazilian, doesn’t give them the right to criticize. That is absurd and plain stupid.
If you go into someone’s house and they treat you badly, their house is falling apart, the tap water they offer you is brown, the bed they make you lay on is full of bugs – do you just sit there and smile? You can still love that person, and be gracious for allowing you to sleep under their roof as opposed to the street – but you have every right to make a critical analysis of that person’s environment. If you care about the person, your criticism should at the very least be constructive. If you don’t ever have to see the person again – then you you should feel free to say what is on your mind without a filter. These are called opinions, and everyone has the right to share them.
Another interesting thing about Brazilians who feel hurt by foreign criticisms is that they love to criticize other nations. Their attitude is absolutely negative. This negative attitude manifested itself in the “Gold for Booing” that Brazilians fans received during the Olympic events. You are the biggest sinners when it comes to talking trash about other countries – I was born here but grew up in America and identify as American, I know! America is absolutely destroyed by many Brazilians who have never even set foot in the country once.
You are very quick to talk out of your ass, but can’t take the heat when it comes back at you. This shows not only your hypocrisy, but your lack of self-esteem, because by and large if you criticize a foreigner’s countries two things will happen: One, they may actually agree with your assessment, or two, they won’t give a flying fuck and continue with their life as scheduled.
A final point about why foreigners have a view of your country that you would rather them not have is the fact that your country exports these things. Long are the days of Jobim being Brazil’s best export – and interestingly some Brazilians treated him like a national traitor as they did with Carmen Miranda a generation before him. Now, instead, we have the export of sexed up Carnival and Gay Pride parties, Buttman magazines, brain dead modern Brazilian funk and modern Sertanejo music , and one favela movie after the other which glorifies the violence of Brazilian ghetto life. This is the image you put out!
How many foreigners know that a city as rich and diverse as São Paulo exists or that Curitiba is considered a model city for urban planning? How many people know of the rich African cultural history of the state of Bahia or the endless food choices that come out of Minas? You export shit and then expect foreigners to see paradise. It’s a joke, and the joke is on you. Because foreigners will continue to come here and have sex with your people, buy cheap drugs, go to some good parties and leave, while commenting on the good and bad that they experience. If you don’t treat your own country seriously, how do you expect others to?
So, what is the answer?
Stop crying about getting shit on by the international press and foreigners and start making steps to make your country better – not for them(!) but for yourselves. Like I said above, Brazil has all the right elements to be a paradise on Earth – and not just for a foreigner looking for a new playpen, but for its own citizens. But due to your constant deflection of blame and lack of capacity to look some hard truths in the face, you don’t allow for that paradise scenario to play out.
Every time you shed a tear about what you believe is unfair criticism of your country, another Brazilian kid won’t be in a good school, another hospital won’t have the necessary equipment to treat someone, another river will continue to be polluted, another politician will steal your hard earned money, another innocent person will be robbed or killed, another favela ghetto will expand instead of retract, another police officer will act as if he or she is above the law, another right to opinion will be stripped, another classic book won’t be written, another teacher will be underpaid, another hard worker will have to spend three hours in traffic for sub human minimal wage, another cruel scenario will play out for the media to expose – and unfortunately for your little crying soul, another foreigner will laugh and count his foreign currency until his next trip to the land of milk, caipirinhas, cheap cocaine, ass, and honey.
A Concerned Foreigner With Brazilian Roots
“If It Don’t Apply Let It Fly” – to the Brazilian who get it.
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