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Brazil's Antigay President: Reporter's Face Is 'Like a Homosexual's'

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It's only the latest of many homophobic comments from Jair Bolsonaro.

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Brazil's homophobic president, Jair Bolsonaro, complained at a press conference Friday about his treatment by the media, telling a reporter, "Your face looks an awful lot like a homosexual's."

Bolsonaro, who has made such anti-LGBTQ remarks as saying he'd rather have a dead son than a gay one, is currently embroiled in a scandal involving one of his sons, Sen. Flavio Bolsonaro. The younger man is accused of hiring "phantom" employees -- with nothing to do -- when he was a state lawmaker; they may have "kicked back part of their salaries to then be laundered through a chocolate shop he co-owns," the Associated Press reports.

Jair Bolsonaro has claimed journalists are biased against his son and himself. At the meeting with reporters, the president complained of being characterized -- erroneously, he said -- as being racist and anti-environment. He then told one of the media members, "Your face looks an awful lot like a homosexual's, but that's no reason to accuse you of being a homosexual." The reporter's name has not been disclosed.

Bolsonaro then attempted to explain away the comment, New York's Gay City News reports, citing Portuguese-language Brazilian news outlet Globo.com. "To whom did I say was terribly homosexual ... is he not here today?" he asked. "Send him a kiss from me! It's just like football: Up front, from time to time, you send your colleague to the [torture chamber], and then go out for a drink with him afterwards. Yes, I make a mistake. I should not have spoken."

Some Brazilians lampooned the president's comments on social media, posting pictures of themselves with the caption "awfully homosexual face," according to AP. Jean Wyllys, a gay man who often sparred with Bolsonaro when they both were in Brazil's Congress, tweeted, "'An awfully homosexual face.' With pride!"

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.