Exercice - Roger Waters speaks against Bolsonaro
Who is Jair Bolsonaro ?
Jair Bolsonaro is one of the candidates to become a president in Brazil’s next elections. He is running up against Fernando Hadadd, the candidate for the Worker’s Party (PT). He is considered to be a far-right politician, and he has even stated his being in favour of dictatorship as a valid form of government.
Why did Roger Waters speak against him in the concert ?
Because he believes Bolsonaro is a representant of neo-fascism, due to his declarations in favour of military dictatorship and torture. He then exhorted Brazilians to “make the right choice”, evoking also the terrible consequences that the last dictatorships in South America had in the 70s and 80s.
What were the reactions from the public to Waters’ statements ?
There were people who agreed with his opinion and “cheered” his attack, and there were those who “jeered” and started shouting “Fora PT” which means “Workers' Party out”.
Do you agree with Roger Waters when he says this matter “is none of his business”? (Paragraph 5). Which role do you think music and musicians play in politics ?
I do not agree. I believe music has always been influenced by politics and vice versa: the art has a very important role to play in denouncing and criticizing governments and those who are in power. I think more musicians should act like Roger Waters, engaging themselves with political causes. This helps people look their societies and cultures, as well as those who run their countries with a critical eye.
Which other politicians did Roger Waters openly criticize in his concert ?
He compared Bolsonaro to Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Viktor Orban and Marine Le Pen, tagging them as “neo-fascists”.
Who is Lula da Silva ?
Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva is the former president of Brazil. He is currently imprisoned in Curitiba, since he was charged with corruption.
In your opinion, do you believe Roger Waters’ political opinions will influence those of the Brazilian people ?
It is hard to tell, though I do believe Roger Waters has managed to make himself heard. His concert has been vastly covered on the news in Latin America, and therefore I imagine there surely are people among the 45000 who were there that night that will think it twice before voting Bolsonaro.