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Pri G

I read the NYT's Kaleidoscope article yesterday and thought it was pretty stupid. Is the ban on food even enforceable? Something tells me informal vendors will pop back up quite quickly. Additionally, who is to say that the mayor won't flip flop on the food ban the same way he did on the mate ban? The mayor claims the mate ban was rescinded after popular protest because mate is simply too strong a Carioca tradition to ban. I suspect the general public will feel the same way about all beach refreshments.

What stood out to me in this article WAY more than speculation over the food ban, was the way that the media ALWAYS sensationalizes Brazil and Rio. Take the first paragraph for example, which I found INCREDIBLY hokey:

"Luis Fernando Bensimon beamed as he looked away from the crystalline waters of Rio’s famed Ipanema Beach, away from the beautiful bodies perfecting their caramel-mocha tans just days before the city explodes with its annual Carnaval celebration."

Ipanema's "crystalline" waters? And the "beautiful bodies perfecting their caramel mocha tans," before the city "explodes" for Carnaval? Gag me!

We all know the water in Ipanema isn't that great, there are fat, unattractive people there too, and Carnaval is fun, but the article is making it sound like the second coming of Christ or something.

There was another article yesterday, concerning Rio's heat wave, which referred to the city as a "pre-Carnaval furnace." Again, the article seemed sensational (it was just fine here yesterday) and also creepily Holocaustal sounding:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100210/wl_afp/brazilweatherheatwave_20100210212011

The media is fascinated with Brazil and Rio, that's for sure. I just wish more of them would take the time to live here and gain a notion of how life in the city really is. Right now it just seems like they're just hungry to sell papers with the next Rio story to be oohed and ahhed at by the international community.


Ernest Barteldes

I was in Rio last May, and didnt see any vendors selling corn. Mate was on sale, but it wasnt sold in bulk - instead, they had those disposable cups that
come from the manufacturer with a seal on top, like yogurt cups in the US. I don't see a problem with that. Mostly, I bought canned beer from them. It is too bad they won't allow shrimp any more, but I understand their point of view.

But really there has to be more control over vendors on Brazilian beaches. It is almost impossible to simply enjoy the sun, as they come after you almost every 30 seconds peddling their wares, which go from sunglasses to T-shirts to souvenirs... and beer.

I'm not saying that people should not be allowed to make a living, but I think there should be a limit of how many vendors populate the beaches. And that is not only in Rio. The same thing happens in Fortaleza and other tropical countries like Jamaica and The Dominican Republic.

Eric

Agora, parece que o Estadão resolveu colocar um artigo sobre isso no site: http://www.estadao.com.br/noticias/geral,carnaval-2010-justica-libera-rainha-mirim-da-viradouro,509788,0.htm

Julia

Excelente o artigo sobre Zamariola. Obrigada por postar!

E eu acho que a bagunça na praia faz parte do cenário :) Vou sentir falta...

Ayron Mathias

I hope the way Zamariola and their partners did in Sean Goldman Case show up how we Brazilians think our country should be. They really represented us so well.

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