Brazilians are heading to the polls, this morning, in one of the hottest election in years. On one hand, the right one, countrymen and women have incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. The firebrand has made much news, over the course of his reign, with provocative statements, eyebrow-raising stories, a great and important friendship with professional surfer Gabriel Medina. “I’m expecting our victory, for the good of Brazil,” he told reporters as he cast a vote for himself. “God willing, Brazil will be victorious today.”
On the hand, this one left, sits Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, a former union leader, who was once much-loved and president for seven years but then got tossed in jail but then released.
The race is impossibly tight.
“Politically, Bolsonaro is stronger than had been imagined,” said Rodrigo Prando, a professor at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Sao Paulo. “Mathematically, Lula is in front.”
No matter who wins, one thing is certain. The World Surf League has signaled its intent to come south and mine a precious resource from the developing nation and ship it directly north, to the United States of America, and its vast eyeball and click vaults.
In naked provocation, WSL CEO Erik Logan told Brazilian news outlet Exame, “Currently, there is no other market like the Brazilian one for professional surfing. Just see what happens with our events held in the country. When you arrive at the Saquarema stage and see 50,000 people on the sand, the passion of Brazilian…”
The thought remained unfinished, though was clearly taking a left turn.
Or maybe right turn.
In either case, talk of a United States-based company referring to the Brazilian “market” for “our” events smacks of such colonization-era behaviors that it is, frankly, shocking.
Do you think either Bolsonaro or Lula will be able to stand up to the Yanqui menace?