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8/26/2019

Feuding Leaders: Brazil’s President Publicly Insults Macron’s Wife’s Appearance

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:57 pm



[guest post by Dana]

[Ed. From my soapbox: One thing I have always hated about women in the political spotlight is the continual circling of sharks attacking them about things that shouldn’t really matter. This happens whether the woman is the actual politician, or the spouse of a prominent politician. First line of attack is her physical appearance: age spots on her face, crow’s feet, bags under her eyes, helmet hair, a body that has clearly been lived in, a few extra pounds, crepe paper skin, too much make-up you’re-not-fooling-anyone, not enough make-up OMG GOD, SLAP SOME LIPSTICK ON THAT PIG, etc. Next line of attack is her sartorial selection: skirt too short, too long, too much cleavage showing, heels too high, heels too low, color of dress washes her out, color too bold for her age OMG WHAT WAS SHE THINKING! And so it goes. It’s an endless opportunity for journalists and commentators to use their platforms and publicly slice and dice a woman. The cruelty of it is underscored by their male counterparts about whom no one on earth cares what they’re wearing or whether they’ve got “laugh lines”. Well, with a few dumb exceptions… Ed. Steps down from soapbox.]

After the G-7 summit, Brazil’s leader, Jair Bolsonaro took a shot at France’s Emmanuel Macron because of a tiff about climate change and the fires raging in the Amazon. Unfortunately, instead of just insulting Macron himself like a real man would do, the weenie Bolsonaro was a complete jerk about it and instead, provoked Macron by insulting Mrs. Macron:

In a post on Jair Bolsonaro’s Facebook page, a user insulted the French first lady, Brigitte, by comparing her appearance with that of the Brazilian president’s wife, Michelle, implying that the younger woman was more attractive.

The supporter suggested Mr Macron was jealous, and that that was why he was “persecuting” the Brazilian leader.

Mr Bolsonaro hit “like” on the post, writing: “Don’t humiliate the guy… ha ha.”

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Macron responded to the jab:

“He has made some extraordinarily rude comments about my wife.

“What can I tell you? It’s sad. It’s sad for him and for Brazilians. I think that Brazilian women are probably ashamed to read that their president has done that.”

“I think that Brazilians, a great people, are a bit ashamed of this behaviour,” the French president added. “As I have a lot of friendship and respect for the Brazilian people, I hope that they will quickly have a president who is up to the job.”

Here’s a brief overview of what’s behind the spat between the two leaders:

[Macron] claimed Mr Bolsonaro had gone back on a promise to halt deforestation, threatening to no longer support the EU’s Mercosur deal with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay….Mr Bolsonaro had missed a scheduled meeting with the French foreign minister in favour of a barber’s appointment, Mr Macron added…Mr Macron has been highly critical of Brazil’s handling of the crisis, tweeting: “Our house is literally on fire”…[T]he French overseas territory of French Guiana on the northern coast of South America is France’s biggest land border, so the Amazon was particularly important for France because “we are there”…

Mr Bolsonaro attacked Macron for having a “colonialist mentality”, tweeting that “ludicrous and unnecessary attacks on the Amazon” were unacceptable….Brazilian politicians, including Mr Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo, have taken pot shots at Mr Macron, with education minister Abraham Weintraub calling him “an opportunist idiot” and “a president without character” in a flurry of tweets…Eduardo Bolsonaro, who is tipped to be the next ambassador to Washington, on Friday retweeted a video showing violent yellow-vest protests in France headlined “Macron is an idiot”.

And demonstrating what a certified ass he is, Bolsonaro said this in 2017:

“I have five children. Four are men, and then in a moment of weakness the fifth came out a girl.”

Anyway, this got me thinking…

Trump and Bolsonaro, two peas in a pod, am I right??

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana

44 Responses to “Feuding Leaders: Brazil’s President Publicly Insults Macron’s Wife’s Appearance”

  1. I want to see Macron slap Bolsonaro with a glove and challenge him to a duel.

    Dana (fdf131)

  2. Dana, my thoughts exactly.

    Kishnevi (d911b4)

  3. Only a duel to the end will do!

    Dana (fdf131)

  4. Speaking of Brazil…..

    Suddenly everyone is concerned about fires in the Amazon (the forest, not the online shopping company). There are all sorts of scary stories being published, and even the G7 leaders (minus Trump) met to discuss what to do about it.

    Last year there were bigger fires in the Amazon and no coverage at all. What changed?

    This year there’s a conservative government in Brazil.

    H/t – Instapundit

    harkin (58d012)

  5. Next line of attack is her sartorial selection: skirt too short, too long, too much cleavage showing. . .

    My word, what kind of fool would complain about that?

    JVW (54fd0b)

  6. Battle of the Network Stars Naked First Ladies!

    Colonel Haiku (1986ab)

  7. Ha, ha, ha! Cruz and Macron didn’t say it, so I won’t either, but I will say this: France may be full of cheese-eating surrender monkeys these days, but it is a European country, a world power through most of its history, and a founding member of Western civilization, whereas Brazil is a Third World pesthole whose biggest claim to fame are the incomplete transsexual prostitutes of Rio de Janeiro.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. “Trump and Bolsonaro, two peas in a pod, am I right??”

    You mean Macron used Bolsonaro’s wife in a campaign ad, making Macron’s wife fair game?

    Munroe (1e9517)

  9. Mr Macron has been highly critical of Brazil’s handling of the crisis, tweeting: “Our house is literally on fire”…[T]he French overseas territory of French Guiana on the northern coast of South America is France’s biggest land border, so the Amazon was particularly important for France because “we are there”…

    Woke heads must be ‘sploding all over the Western world. On the one hand you’ve got the insensitive sexist jerk who apparently isn’t willing to sing from the hymnbook of extreme climate change, but on the other hand you have the fey Euroweenie who is basing his argument on — wait for it — his country’s history of colonialism in countries of indigenous brown people. Figure that one out, progressives.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  10. Super easy, barely an inconvenience, macron is being selfless and bolsanaro evil, forget the burnt smell of yellow vest protests.

    Narciso (942c04)

  11. Macron, Merkel, Trudeau and Conte are dead pols walking, probably won’t survive to attend another summit.

    Colonel Haiku (1986ab)

  12. Macron will definitely be around. His term as Co-Prince of Andorra doesn’t end until 2022.

    Kishnevi (d911b4)

  13. At least we can quit complaining about how US first ladies have shown too much skin. Melanie showed all of it and no one can really go any further than that, so I think we have to be done being shocked now.

    Nic (896fdf)

  14. ^Melania

    Nic (896fdf)

  15. 13… all it takes to rid France of Macron is for him to lose a no-confidence vote after their next crisis.

    Colonel Haiku (1986ab)

  16. Macron is the President, not the Prime Minister.

    Kishnevi (d911b4)

  17. That’s one way to distract from the fact that much of your country is literally on fire.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  18. It starts with saying ‘it doesn’t matter how women look!’, it ends with letting ‘drag queens’ in demon makeup read stories to kids and pretending that old perverts are really women.

    Never, ever, EVER apologize for laughing at attempts for the old and ugly to claim accolades belonging by rights to the young and the beautiful.

    Jejejefe (2a17a1)

  19. Never, ever, EVER apologize for laughing at attempts for the old and ugly to claim accolades belonging by rights to the young and the beautiful.

    You mean old men claiming accolades for the young and beautiful THIRD wives they bought, one with his daddy’s money (that would be Trump) and one with his government’s money (that would be Bolsonaro)? (In case you didn’t know, the current Frau Bolsonaro is what Kamala Harris could have been if Willie Brown had married her.)

    nk (dbc370)

  20. Uh huh. In this context, to which accolades do you refer?

    Nic (896fdf)

  21. *old men claiming accolades FOR THEMSELVES because of the young and beautiful third wives they bought*

    nk (dbc370)

  22. (I meant my question for 19. It’s possible it took me a while to post it because it was best to rethink several things I typed before that :P)

    Nic (896fdf)

  23. “You mean old men claiming accolades for the young and beautiful THIRD wives they bought, one with his daddy’s money (that would be Trump) and one with his government’s money (that would be Bolsonaro)? (In case you didn’t know, the current Frau Bolsonaro is what Kamala Harris could have been if Willie Brown had married her.)”

    And Trump made an investment worthy of being the First Lady.

    Kamala, of course made the same cardinal mistake that Hillary did-thinking she didn’t owe her political life to the man in it, and could appeal to people on her own. Men with vision and foresight know to stay far away from them!

    Politics is show business for ugly people. But only the ugly people that are actually good at it get a pass. A Macron is bad enough, but at least we didn’t have to endure a Jeb!

    Such crimes against aesthetics are those MOST likely to inspire mass shooters, for what shall a man live for if beauty and truth itself is hated, despised, and driven out of public view for the sake of the perpetually aggrieved?

    Jejejefe (695c92)

  24. I mean, Macron is pretty cute and Trudeau is legit hot. Is that what you mean?

    Nic (896fdf)

  25. 17… very good, but as President, he’s also susceptible.

    Colonel Haiku (1986ab)

  26. lmao. Col.

    mg (8cbc69)

  27. 10. JVW (54fd0b) — 8/26/2019 @ 6:45 pm

    his country’s history of colonialism in countries of indigenous brown people. Figure that one out, progressives.

    The status of French Guiana (and some other overseas territories, like Mauritius) was converted from colony to an overseas department of metropolitan France – in other words it’s sort of like Hawaii.

    Note: Wikipedia says it has been a French Department since 1946. It was so previously also, from 1797 till the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It was mostly a penal colony after that.

    It surprised me to hear that the land border of French Guiana, or whatever it’s called now, with Brazil, is longer than that of France with any other country. It’s hard to tell scale on amap because maps of South America and of Europe are shown separately, but French Guiana appears to be smaller than France – the only thing is, France in Europe has borders with several different countries but in South America it is Brazil on both the east and south, so it could be longer than France’s border with any individual country, although there it’s probably just about all jungle and very lightly populated. (Surinam, former Dutch Guiana, is to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the north.)

    The Wikipedia article says it is more than one-seventh the size of Metropolitan France and it’s only got abut 300,000 people, half of whom live in Cayenne, the capital, or its metropolitan area. 98.9% of it is covered by forest, most of that tropical rainforest (Wikipedia doesn’t lke the word jungle.) There’s a natonal park that occupies 41% of French Guiana’s territory, which the wikipedia article descrobes as the largest park in the European Union.

    Its currency in the Euro, its official language is French, although most people speak their own langagages, the most important of which is French Guianese Creole, the European Space agency has a launch site there, and it technically has the highest per capita GDP in South America. Its; ahd its conflicts with Brazil, the most importtant over illegal gold mining in its interior, and a limited amount of (partially illegal) immigration.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  28. #27 A right to the kidney…

    https://static.pjmedia.com/instapundit/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Screen-Shot-2019-08-26-at-23.02.26.png

    Colonel Haiku (1986ab) — 8/26/2019 @ 9:19 pm

    Oh… that’s a Fatality there. ROTFL.

    whembly (51f28e)

  29. 16, 17 French Presidents ahvd 5 year terms (reduced from the Gaullist 7( The PArliament is elected separately, but the president can dissolve Parliament and call an election (if I think one year has passed snce the orevios election. Macron has a majority.

    But now he’s unpopular, and is unlikely to win a second term in 2022, if he ever was, because the eleimination rounds are unlikely to be repeated precisely.

    Meanwhile, in Italy, Salvini has tried to force an election, but starnge bedfellows a=may unite against him. Italy still has the structure of the French 3rd and 4th republics.

    Sammy Finkelman (dec35d)

  30. A right to whose kidney? Nothing like biting off your nose to spite your face. Bolsonaro and his wife probably couldn’t figure out a way to skim off some of it.

    nk (dbc370)

  31. Or maybe it came to him in his sleep. Now he says he might accept it. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/brazil-rejects-g-7-amazon-aid-citing-its-lack-of-involvementin-decision-to-grant-it/2019/08/27/4d8b0eb8-c8b6-11e9-9615-8f1a32962e04_story.html And from the same #FakeNewsBezosPost

    Earlier this month, Germany and Norway cut a combined $72 million in funds after Bolsonaro said he would use part of the funds to give money to cattle and soy farmers.

    Reminds me a lot of the Palestinians.

    nk (dbc370)

  32. Beggars being choosers?

    Leviticus (d25df9)

  33. Politics ain’t beanbag. Trump and Macron get called vicious names and mocked over their appearance 24/7. If you’re a Lady Pol, the the a Pol’s wife you’re going to get hit with some mud. Like Truman said, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  34. bolsanaro got stabbed by a filthy communist, a little more than just words,

    narciso (d1f714)

  35. This spectacle of the feisty French and Brazilians. Is it a great time to be alive or what?

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (0c349e)

  36. Add Modi to the Trump-Bolsonaro pod.
    That said, the Amazon basin fires are one big, fat media overhype, and it’s probably being done because a conservative like Bolsonaro is in power. If I were Bolsonaro, I’d insult Macron, not his wife. Some excerpts:

    To their credit, CNN and New York Times debunked the photos and other misinformation about the fires. “Deforestation is neither new nor limited to one nation,” explained CNN. “These fires were not caused by climate change,” noted The Times.

    The Amazon is not the “lungs” of the world.

    “It’s bullshit,” he said. “There’s no science behind that. The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen but it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration so it’s a wash.”

    CNN overhype.

    But the “lungs” myth is just the tip of the iceberg. Consider that CNN ran a long segment with the banner, “Fires Burning at Record Rate in Amazon Forest” while a leading climate reporter claimed, “The current fires are without precedent in the past 20,000 years.”
    While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago, Nepstad said.

    The Amazon forests are not on fire.

    And while fires in Brazil have increased, there is no evidence that Amazon forest fires have.
    […]
    Amazon forest fires are hidden by the tree canopy and only increase during drought years. “We don’t know if there are any more forest fires this year than in past years, which tells me there probably isn’t,” Nepstad said. “I’ve been working on studying those fires for 25 years and our [on-the-ground] networks are tracking this.”
    What increased by 7% in 2019 are the fires of dry scrub and trees cut down for cattle ranching as a strategy to gain ownership of land.

    The deforestation is not as dire as hyped.

    Against the picture painted of an Amazon forest on the verge of disappearing, a full 80% remains standing. Half of the Amazon is protected against deforestation under federal law.

    The overhype is so bad that it can be called FakeNews.

    Paul Montagu (a2342d)

  37. Aside from the insatiable sexual appetite wealth and power sets off in the third wife until after the nuptials (regardless to any pre-nuptial agreement), the bragging rights persist until the media tires of the sport.
    Macron is at a disadvantage here of his own making. Everyone else in the slag fest traded in the old model for a new, faster, sleeker model. Macron traded for an old Citreon H van
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_H_Van

    steveg (354706)

  38. OK
    That was a mean joke
    I actually like how Mrs. Macron looks.
    If she was a van… well, if she was a car… well, she really does look great and I hope they love each other and don’t listen to nonsense.

    steveg (354706)

  39. Macron met his wife when he was sixteen and she was his teacher. He kissed her on the school auditorium stage, in front of everybody, and told her, in front of everybody, that someday he was going to marry her. And he did. But it took a while. Or so they tell the story.

    nk (dbc370)

  40. Sorry. He was fifteen. And he married her 14 years later.

    nk (dbc370)

  41. I don’t know if that “hot for teacher” vibe is helping me think Macron is all grown up now

    steveg (354706)


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