LETTERS

    LETTERS

    Refavela
    By Brazzil Magazine

    The Consulate regularly receives copies of different local publications
    meant for the Brazilian community. We are glad to distribute them since
    they are important vehicles for divulging information about Brazil and
    the Brazilian culture. Newspapers, magazines, bulletins received by the
    Consulate are regularly put at the disposal of the public that visits the
    consulate. Lamentably, however, I will not be extending this treatment
    to Brazzil magazine for the reasons explained below.

    2. Although containing some articles with good journalistic quality,
    Brazzil includes a section with theme and pictures from the yellow
    press. The approach, perfectly suitable for a pornographic publication,
    cannot find a place in a magazine meant for distribution to a public with
    varied interests and ages, that is unaware and even deceived by a cover
    in disagreement with the tenor of certain pages of the magazine.

    3. Along with the responsibility of the Consulate concerning material
    that it offers for reading to its visiting public, I must note that it
    is with sorrow that I observe a situation in which a vehicle of wide distribution,
    that could greatly serve the interests of the Brazilian community in the
    United States, is detrimental to this same community it intends to reach,
    discrediting the country’s image by implicitly linking "brazilianism"
    to the image of sexual debauchery and gratuitous pornography.

    4. This letter, then, adds itself completely with the arguments of several
    members of the Brazilian community who have already expressed themselves
    about the subject. Our goal is that the problem be evaluated in the light
    of the interests of the public to which the magazine in principle is meant
    for.

    5. For now, I ask you to exclude the Consulate General in Houston from
    your mailing list, since, barring a revision of your editorial orientation,
    the destination for the copies gently mailed can only be the recycling
    bin.

    Maria Lúcia Santos Pompeu Brasil

    Consul General

    Houston, Texas

    Brazzil in

    Washington

    I have a long history in the Brazilian media in the US. More than 20
    years. In 1985, I created the newspapers Florida Review (the first
    Brazilian newspaper in Florida, which I sold in 1992), the Brazil Review
    and the American Times (Orlando). I also created the first radio
    program in Orlando (Alô Brasil), published the magazine Ícaro
    and on May 5 I will be dropping anchor in Miami Beach to launch The
    Brazilian Sun newspaper.

    I learned about Brazzil by the hands of the Press Attaché
    of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, Pedro Bório, who showed
    me the publication on the Internet and told me: "This is the best
    publication about Brazilians in the United States." Congratulations.
    I would like to contribute with information about our region. Feel free
    to call our live radio program (on Fridays, from 8 to 11 PM) so we can
    talk on the air.

    Francisco Moura

    Miami Beach, Florida

    Two Cents Worth

    Thank you for your magazine. I just read the article about homosexuality
    in Brazil which I enjoyed very much. However, it seems from the wording
    of a few sections that either the author was not gay or some things in
    English were foreign.

    Therefore, with all due respect for the difficulty of writing in another
    language, I would like to make the following comments: in the article it
    said that gay tourists spend $160/day in Rio, compared with $130/day for
    an American tourist. Where is the opposition? I am gay and American…but
    not straight. It would be clearer to write "straight American tourist"
    if that is your meaning.

    Next, the information about Paris was a little funny, to describe the
    Hotel etc. as "pleasures". Pleasures is a strange word in this
    case. The last thing I would note is the sentence that "Brazil, like
    the US and other countries, has difficulty suppressing its homosexual population."
    Not every country is trying to suppress its homosexual population, which
    is what this sentence makes it sound like.

    All of the New England states, for example have passed strict antidiscrimination
    laws. I don’t want to criticize anyone’s effort—surely I could not write
    as well in Portuguese even after years of trying, but it is important to
    work on tone. I appreciate your magazine greatly and have learned much
    from its articles and short stories. Muito obrigado.

    John Thiels

    Cambridge, Massachusetts

    And the Other Voices?

    I have enjoyed reading the informative article "Gay Power Gives
    Show of Strength" (Brazzil, May 1997). But the author writes
    as if the Church, i. e., the Roman Catholic church, is the only Christian
    denomination or religious group in Brazil. If the information of how other
    religious groups are dealing with the homosexual community was not available,
    the author could have at least mentioned it. I am not anti-Catholic, yet
    I stand up for a truly democratic society, in which the voices of the minorities
    are not suppressed by the majority.

    I would like also to add my agreement with Rozemary Sabino, who had
    her letter published in the latest issue of Brazzil opposing the
    cheap, distasteful notes and photos of Brazilian women. Because of the
    stereotypes of Brazilian women in the "Rapidinhas" column, I
    feel embarrassed to introduce Brazzil to any of my North-American
    friends. Why do you not publish these pictures in a teenager magazine?

    Pr. Alex Busch

    Newton, Massachusetts

    Relax, It’s

    Just Sex

    Well, isn’t it too bad you hit a raw nerve in the American society?
    I’ll be old and gray and will never understand this obsession the American
    public has for nudity. They despise it and at the same time revere it.
    So what if you show a few nude pictures in this magazine? From what I’ve
    seen so far most of these pictures were taken in public places or are widely
    available to the Brazilian public.

    Have any of you seen one of Brazilian soap operas lately? What they
    show in prime time TV would not be shown in the US before midnight and
    yet the Brazilian public feels OK with that. So, what is the big deal?????
    Maybe if people accepted sex as a normal part of their lives there wouldn’t
    be so many perverts out there.

    Marcos Coimbra

    West Hollywood, California

    Lively Land

    I have received your magazine for a few months now and want to thank
    you for putting together an informative and entertaining magazine. My three
    visits to Brazil were each enjoyable in a different way (São Paulo,
    Brasília and Conceição do Almeida). I love the culture
    and the people. In all of my travels, I found Brazil to be the country
    that is most alive and vibrant. I am studying the Portuguese language by
    way of tapes and phrase books in my spare time. (Not the best way to learn
    a language.) Are there any good workbooks out there for learning basic
    grammar? Again, thanks for publishing a truly enjoyable and informative
    magazine.

    Steven Wilkerson

    US Department of Commerce

    Washington, DC

    And what do you think?

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