Fans cheer for Ceará. Photo by thais m.
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Brazilian Soccer Fans Face Backlash for Offensive Tweets

May 13, 2011 By Mari Hayman

Soccer fans cheer for Ceará. Photo by thais m.

The Order of Brazilian Lawyers (OAB) has filed a racial discrimination complaint against a pair of Brazilian soccer fans for posting derogatory messages on Twitter after Flamengo was eliminated from the Brazil Cup by northeastern team Ceará on Wednesday night.

The comments ridiculing Brazilians from the northeast angered Brazilians across the country and attracted the attention of the OAB in the northeastern state of Ceará, which on Thursday asked the Federal Public Ministry to investigate the Twitter users for discrimination and injury.

Shortly after Ceará eliminated the popular Rio de Janeiro-based Flamengo in Wednesday’s Brazil Cup quarterfinal, at least two Flamengo fans tweeted separate diatribes against Northeasterners, known in as “nordestinos” in Portuguese.

“Those dark-skinned, savage, Indian Northeasterners think that they’re so great, a bunch of ugly people. It’s not for nothing that I don’t like that race,” wrote a Twitter user who identified herself as Amanda Régis.

“I only came on Twitter to say how much Northeasterners are the disgrace of Brazil,” a Twitter user identified as Lucian Farah wrote, alongside a string of other unprintable epithets.

Northeastern Brazil is one of the poorest regions in Brazil and is home to many Afro-Brazilians.

“The Federal Constitution treats everyone as an equal, without distinctions of any nature. We cannot permit a person with a certain degree of knowledge to use the Internet to disseminate racism,” said Valdetário Andrade Monteiro, President of the OAB in Ceará. In Brazil, racism is a crime subject to fines and prison time.

Wednesday’s tweets unleashed a flood of criticism on Twitter as commenters accused both Régis and Farah of xenophobia and racism. According to the Folha do São Paulo, the tweets were among the top ten most commented topics on Twitter in Brazil on Thursday morning, and made the list of worldwide “trending topics”.

The two Flamengo fans eventually erased their tweets and issued qualified apologies.

“My god, people. I acted on impulse for Flamengo, I don’t have anything against Northeasterners. Sorry, everybody, I never should have done that,” Régis tweeted.

Régis and Farah have since deleted their Twitter accounts.

Photo: thais m. @Flickr.


Jailson Menezes says:

Realmente lamentável. E por mais que pareça uma brincadeira de mau gosto, o que não é o caso, se entrarmos no cerne da questão e analisarmos esse tipo de comportamento e os perfis de seus autores, chegaríamos a conclusão que trata-se de mentes doentias. Igualmente a forma de pensar de muitos Neo-nazistas e terroristas que são capazes de fazer verdadeiras atrocidades como estamos acostumados a ver, por puro ódio, discriminação e falta de amor próprio, imagine pelos seus semelhantes, e o pior, por motivos geralmente banais. Portanto, acredito que seus autores não devam sair impunes da sua arrogante “soberania e supremacia”, e devam responder sim pelo crime que cometeram, para servir de exemplo a outras mentes doentes que estão espalhadas pelo mundo a fora.

Info Ruffdox says:

Racism kills. It isn’t only unkind, it is a brutal psychological assault. There are consequences to these kinds of statements: they kill people a little more each time and are associated with increased levels of suicide, disease, psychological illness, and crime violent which is a reaction to racism.

O racismo mata. Não é apenas cruel, é uma agressão brutal psicológico. Há conseqüências para esses tipos de declarações: matam as pessoas um pouco mais a cada momento e estão associados com níveis aumentados de suicídio, doença psicológica, e crimes violentos que é uma reação ao racismo.

Racism is everywhere and within us. I pray my sons will not witness its ugly face.

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