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8/26/2019

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 5:58 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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(Photo via CNN)

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, and they should really be embarrassed by it:

[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??

–Dana

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