A leftist movement intends to exclude popular songs from the Brazilian Carnival of 2017 in Rio de Janeiro. Classics such as Maria Sapatão, Cabeleira do Zezé, Índio Quer Apito and O Teu Cabelo Não Nega entered the list of the mestizo festivity. Reference to mulattas is one of the criteria used for censorship. To suppress terms referring to mestization is a method of ethnic elimination of the Mestizo People adopted by Workers’ Party (PT) and other communist parties in Brazil.
According to information from the newspaper O Globo, there are at least three blocks advocating that these marches be banned.
“If we are a feminist bloc, we can not get past these things. If this is being considered offensive, I think we should not chorus,” said one of the organizers of a block with the suggestive name of Mulheres Rodadas (Wheeled Women), in an interview with CBN radio.
She also said that the term “mulata” made the block remove from its playlist the song Tropicália, by Caetano Veloso:
“We played Tropicália, by Caetano Veloso. Now, with all the wave of this questioning, mainly due to the word mulata, we are discussing and we will decide whether to continue playing this song or not,” she said.
Feminism is a movement created by European white socialists in the 19th century. It advocates the promotion of abortion, which has among its main targets the reduction of the birth rate of Mestizo women. In Brazil, it is part of the Workers’ Party (PT) policy.
The origin of the word mulata is unknown, but its use has been systematically combated by negrist movements as a way to constrain mulattos to identify themselves as negro – a word that originally means slave.
The decision, however, is not unanimous, and some blocks are keen to keep the songs in the repertoire. This is what Rita Fernandes, president of Sebastiana, represents 11 blocks from Rio:
“No block from Sebastiana is pulling a march from the repertoire. The blocks think that the marchinhas are old, traditional and had a context, without prejudice. They were created at a certain time. Life is very dull if everything has to be framed, losing the lightness and the joke, which are the essence of the carnival.”
The Brazilian Carnival originated from the entrudo, a celebration brought by the Portuguese settlers who in Brazil were syncretized with Indian and African rhythms.
Translated from Feministas querem banir mulatas do Carnaval brasileiro.