They say that when you are doing something great be prepared to be subjected to the most hate. But in 2015 this kind of outrageous racism is quite exhausting. To quote Tais Arujo, it is also quite “boring”.
Brazilian actress Tais Arujo is breaking the mold on Brazilian TV she is the first black actress to appear on prime time television in Brazil.
That is quite the accomplishment one that she very proud of because as she acknowledges her self, when she was growing up there were no actresses that looked like her on Brazilian Television. Though this is all a good thing, recently she was the subject of a ton of hate and racism due to the above picture.
From our perspective the picture was fantastic, her hair is freaking amazing, bouncy curls to die for etc. But instead of compliments, some of the comments included:
Who posted the picture of this gorilla on Facebook?
Lend me your hair I wash dishes
I did not know that zoo has camera.
Yes, this is 2015 and the racist bullying on the internet is oh so real. On her Facebook page Tais has opted to leave the comments intact for the world to see. She also posted her picture with the following message:
It is very boring, in 2015, still have to talk about it, but we can’t shut up: last night, I received a series of racist attacks on my page. Absolutely everything is registered and will be sent to the federal police. And I won’t delete any of those comments. I wish that all feel the same as I felt: the shame to still have people coward and small in that country, in addition to the feeling of shame that people so poor of spirit.
I’m not gonna intimidate me, don’t drop your head. I follow what I do best: work. If my image or the image of my family bothers you, the problem is only!
For irony of fate or not, that occurred at the time when I was on the stage of the theatre faap with the top of the mountain, a text on none other than Martin Luther King and that is precisely about affection, tolerance and equality.
I would like to invite you, you little coward, to see and hear what we have to say. I think you’re really needed to hear some things about love.
I would like to thank the thousands who came to give support, reported to me these profiles and showed the world that any form of prejudice is trashy and criminal. And I want this episode will serve as an example: whenever you find any form of discrimination, please report it.
Don’t shut up, show that you have no shame to be what it is and keep bothering the cowards. Only in this way we are going to build a Brazil more civilized.
My only response to that is the love!
We know exactly what she is experiencing as many of us have had a harsh word or two spoken about our hair and skin at some point in our lives. We wish Tais Araujo the best result with the investigation, much success in her career and we are grateful for her bravery!