Society

Brazilian country, tattooed bums, and a whole load of controversy

Pro-Bolsonaro country artists came under fire after criticizing singers helped by a government cultural incentive program — but it turned out they were receiving huge amounts of public money themselves

country Gusttavo Lima's BRL 1.2 million paycheck for a concert in Minas Gerais was to be siphoned from local health and education budgets. Photo: Mariana Pekin/UOL/Folhapress
Gusttavo Lima’s BRL 1.2 million paycheck for a concert in Minas Gerais was to be siphoned from local health and education budgets. Photo: Mariana Pekin/UOL/Folhapress

In a half-serious tone, several Brazilian social media users have this week claimed that a pop star’s tattooed anus has done more for the country than the current federal government.

The latest iteration of bumgate in Brazil was sparked by a comment made by sertanejo country singer Zé Neto during a recent concert in Mato Grosso state. “We are artists who do not depend on [public funding initiatives], we don’t need to get a tattoo on our assholes to show if we’re all right or not,” he said. 

Zé Neto cited the Rouanet Law, a cultural incentive policy

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