A homophobic contestant appears favored to win the prize in the current season of Big Brother Brazil -- unless viewers vote now to stop him.
According to the blog Made in Brazil, Big Brother Brazil has three openly gay participants this season. But contestant Marcelo Dourado, a holdover from a previous season, has returned to the show and made high-profile antigay and misogynistic remarks that have not seemed to affect his popularity with audiences.
"Earlier in the season he caught the media attention by saying that heterosexual men could not contract the HIV virus even by having sex with HIV positive women because AIDS only affected gay men," reports Made in Brazil. "According to him, the HIV virus is spread only through homosexual sex. After that statement, which was obviously addressed by Globo network, Dourado refused to have conversations which involved any gay topics saying that it disgusted him. He also said he wanted to beat the lesbian contestant and send her to the hospital, but that he couldn't do it because if he were to physically attack someone he would be automatically eliminated from the show."
Dourado is up now for elimination against two gay contestants, and Made in Brazil is asking people to vote for him to get the boot.