Target: Representative Jair Bolsonaro
Goal: Tell Representative Jair Bolsonaro to publicly apologize for telling colleague she isn’t worth raping
A Brazilian congressman told a colleague that she wasn’t worth raping and then bragged about it on Twitter later that day. Representative Jair Bolsonaro’s comments were aimed at Representative Maria do Rosário and were made on the floor of the national legislature. He was being recorded while making the comments, allowing the Brazilian media to widely report the story.
Representative Maria do Rosário is a member of the Workers Party and was praising the work of Brazil’s Truth Commission on the International Day of Human Rights and criticizing the human rights violations that occurred during the U.S.-backed military dictatorship from 1964 until 1985. Bolsonaro, who previously served in the military and defended the dictatorship, then made the comments as Rosário left the podium. He later posted a video on Twitter saying, “after she lied about the military period, Bolsonaro puts Maria do Rosário in her place.”
Bolsonaro is no stranger to making hateful comments. In 2011, he suggested that President Dilma Rousseff was a lesbian simply because she supported the Ministry of Education’s plans to include anti-homophobia content in the elementary school curriculum. Bolsonaro opposed the measure and said, “If you like homosexuals, admit it…if your thing is homosexual love, admit it. But don’t let that cowardliness get into first grade.”
Representative Jair Bolsonaro’s comments have gone too far and he needs to realize that it is not acceptable to insult or threaten women or any human being in this way. Please sign the petition below to force Representative Jair Bolsonaro to publicly apologize for his remarks.
Dear Representative Bolsonaro,
Your recent comments stating that Representative Maria do Rosário was “not worth raping” during her criticism of human rights violations were concerning, in addition to your history of other misogynistic, homophobic, and racist comments.
This is not a healthy view of women and needs to be addressed. In order to serve your country dutifully, you must treat all humans with respect and keep Brazil moving forward progressively. It is disheartening to hear this hateful language in the news and the press is bad for your country. If you disagree with what another representative is saying, please keep your remarks respectful so that progress can be made in the Congress.
Your blatant disregard for women is concerning and needs to be acknowledged and accounted for. Please publicly apologize to Representative Maria do Rosário and be more aware of how detrimental your remarks are to the country of Brazil.
[Your Name Here]
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