There are three openly gay contestants in the Big Brother Brazil house this season: a 20-year-old boy, a drag queen, and a lesbian. I did not necessarily expect any of them to be the favorites to win the R$ 1.5 million prize, but what I also did not expect is the fact that the only homophobe in the house is current favorite to win the big prize, perhaps a sign that the majority of viewers across the country are not ready for all the gay exposure on the show.
Over the course of the last 50 days, Marcelo Dourado, a castaway from season 3 of Big Brother Brazil who was brought back to the show this season, has made sure to let Brazilian viewers know that he is not only homophobic, but also ignorant, and misogynistic. Earlier in the season he caught the media attention by saying that heterosexual men could not contract the HIV virus even by having sex with HIV positive women because AIDS only affected gay men. After that statement, which was obviously addressed by Globo network, Dourado refused to have conversations which involved any gay topics saying that it disgusted him. He also said he wanted to beat the lesbian contestant and send her to the hospital, but that he couldn't do it because if he were to physically attack someone he would be automatically eliminated from the show.
Tomorrow Dourado is up for elimination against two homosexual contestants, and even though I know he is the current favorite I hope the gay community in Brazil will make a strong campaign to get him sent home. It is not that I want the gay contestants to stay, but I do want Dourado out of the show. Even if you are not Brazilian, I ask you to take the time and vote for him to be eliminated. It would be great to see the gay community get together in the next two days to prove that we stand against everything that Dourado has been saying on national television.
Click here to vote for Dourado to be eliminated from Big Brother Brazil. After the jump, a video with some of Dourado's homophobic moments on the show, and an update on the post.
UPDATE: for those of you wondering, I have been following the show on pay per view so I did not write this post based solely on the video above. Also, I don't think any of the gay contestants should remain on the show just because they are gay. That is not what this post is about.
As a gay man somewhat involved with the fight for gay rights, I am really offended by several of Dourado's remarks and comments on the show this season. I do, however, think it is a positive thing that we are starting to have a debate about it, which is why I welcomed comments from those who do not see Dourado's behavior as homophobic. I believe something good can come as a result of discussing both sides of the issue. Perhaps this can even evolve into a bigger and more interesting debate about the acceptance of homosexual characters on national television.
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