Friday, August 5, 2016
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen Skit Yanked From Opening Olympics Ceremony Over Allegations of Racial Stereotypes (Robbed by Black Boy?)
Political correctness has reached a new level of insanity.
A skit starring international supermodel Gisele Bündchen, who is married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has been pulled from the start of the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio.
The problem is that word has leaked that the skit shows "Bundchen getting robbed by a black kid from the slums."
The newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported Gisele entering to the song “The Girl From Ipanema” and then being “robbed.”
“It’s totally unacceptable,” said Fernando Alvares Salis, head of the communications department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, who was invited to see the rehearsal. “It’s got to be dropped.”
The Washington Post reports, Salis deemed the episode a “reaffirmation of a racist stereotype” about violent young black men.
Of course, the reality is completely different.
The show’s creative director, filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, said the controversy as a “tremendous misunderstanding."
“Imagine us doing a scene like that in the opening,” he wrote in an email to The Washington Post. “I’m not that clueless.”
What actually happened, he said, was that they tested out a scene in which a food vendor on the beach rushes up to take a selfie with Gisele. Security guards don’t like it and give chase, but Gisele intervenes to protect him.
“It was a gag that was not funny so we cut it,” he said. "There was nothing that looked like a robbery in the scene except two security guards chasing after a vendor. They are three professional clowns."
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