I was recently talking to a friend and they were telling me about how Brazilian women are seen abroad. I knew the stereotypes of Brazil and Brazilian women, long before this conversation. Brazilian people in general are seen as being lazy (an overarching stereotype of Latin American people in general), but also being “spicy” and “foreign/exotic.” The whole country of Brazil is seen as one big beach party, or the Amazon rain forest. There’s no in between. As for gender, Brazilian women are seen as beautiful, but also sexually promiscuous/available. Men are also seen this way, as seen in most recently in Inside Out, where the mother has a day dream about a Brazilian helicopter pilot. He has a sexy accent, a half buttoned shirt, toned muscles, and a full head of hair. In addition, recently on the 3rd episode of season 11 of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon comments on his Brazilian bikini line. This is funny because the stereotype for a man's bathing suit in Brazil, is a lot smaller than in the U.S. Sheldon doing anything "sexual" is the butt of the joke. They use Brazil as a way to mark him as sexually deviant.
I I already have a bias against award shows. To me, it’s just a bunch of rich out of touch people congratulating themselves on making millions of dollars by acting. Yes, I know acting takes a lot of effort, but millions of dollars in effort? I don’t know. But that’s a debate for another time. What I want to talk about today is the song, “Everything is Better on TV,” which Stephen Colbert performed as the host of the 2017 Emmy Awards.
21 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.