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November 08, 2010


mallory elise

the vampires have their honeymoon in Paraty? aw man, how embarassing. I had my honeymoon in Paraty too... :P

Rio Gringa

Au contraire! It means you're a trendsetter ; )


I think it is difficult for people to understand the anger generated by false portrayals and stereotypes until one experiences them firsthand. I remember seeing a novela, I can’t remember if it was on Globo or SBT, about a boisterous, obnoxious, uncouth rancher from Texas and his dopey son. They were in Brazil because they owned a petroleum company or some similar plot. Does anyone recall the existence of this show or know its name, perhaps?

I remember feeling so angry at the ridiculous myths the show perpetuated; that all Americans are loud, stupid, uneducated, dopey etc., and that everything is “bigger in America.” That was the first time I had seen such ridiculous stereotypes portrayed via entertainment and I felt a bulge of rage swell up in my chest. With American youth taking as much initiative to live abroad as they have, such stereotypes seem outdated; ideas of the past, kept alive by jealousy, resentment, or a desire to dismiss in one fell swoop a bright and talented people from a nation that is still powerful and great.

So I understand how Brazilians feel. My next question is, with so many people worldwide gawking in fascination over Brazil, when will more foreigners do what myself and Rachel have done? When will they take the initiative to visit the country for an extended period of time and gain a legitimate basis upon which to judge it?


Bzgirl, the texan is a stereotype that comes up a lot. I think Viver a Vida had one of the charecters mary a crazy Texan with a terrible accent who was incredibly loaded and always wore a cowboy hat (even at his wedding).

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