|Scene with actor Jean Paulo Campos (right) who playes Cirilo|
Of one the story lines revolves around the passion of a poor black little boy (Cirilo) for a white little rich girl. The only problem is that she despises him because of his social situation and because he is black
Blogger Gomes worries about the negative impact. She feels that the humiliation of a little black boy in a Prime Time TV show without any kind of reaction from him how on to combat racism, does not help fighting racism in Brazil.
The TV series is a remake of the Mexican television soap opera “Carrossel” which was first shown in 1991. Earlier versions where very popular in Mexico, Brazil and Korea.
By Daniela Gomes
There are few days the SBT (a Brazilian TV Channel) started to show a new version of the mexican soap opera Carrossel, that was a success when I was a kid and had as one of its main attraction the passion of a black little boy for a white little girl and her despise because of his social situation and his race.
In the original story Cirilo suffer with all kinds of humiliation while he desperately tries to get Maria Joaquina attention and she answer in an aggressive way including violence making the boy suffer bullying.
I became really sad when I read an article where the writer (who is married with the owner of the TV channel) of the new version of the soap opera, said that she would keep all the racism’ scenes, because she would like to be faithful to the original version and because she believed it would help to show a real problem in Brazil.
At the same moment I wondered how to show a little black boy humiliation on TV in the prime Time without show any kind of reaction from him can help to combat racism? I became sadder when I saw that my little nephew and niece were watching the soap opera, but because I couldn’t do anything to make my protests about this listenable, I started to wonder about the subject.
I thought about the time when I watch the first version of the soap opera and how I suffered with the injustice committed by the girl and with Cirilo’s suffering. I thought about how happy we felt when Cirilo won a motorized car, black like him, in a lottery and had a race with a boy considered handsome in the history, who was rich and had a motorized car white like him. (In the story Maria Joaquina was in love with the white boy and insisted in to show to Cirilo how she and the other boy were equal and superior to Cirilo). It was as if we were had won with him.
I thought about all the boys that received the nickname Cirilo on their schools during that time. And I started to wonder if it didn’t help to develop on the boys of my generation (nowadays men who has 30 years old approximately), the Cirilo’ Syndrome.
What I call here Cirilo’ Syndrome, is the necessity that some men have in accept be treated in an inferior way when this kind of treatment comes from a white woman.
I never will judge personal relationships, because I don’t control people’s heart, but I have seen many black men being humiliated and accept this humiliation resigned only because they wish have a white woman on their sides.
I ask to myself if the behavior showed on this “innocent” soap opera, couldn’t help to create the resigned mind of many black men, who accept be called monkey by their girlfriends as if it was a lovely nickname.
I wonder if in our society where the myth of the racial democracy keeps doing its well successful brain wash, where the black main problem is he/she own identity bad formed, or lack of identity, wouldn’t be a disservice to create another generation of victims of this syndrome that only can create low self-esteem.
Unfortunatelly I don’t have answers now, only questions, but I really would love if the black movement could start to protest to ask for this lady who is adapting the soap opera to Brazilian reality, to create an end that would have any kind of reflection and would show the horror of the racism in our society.
Carrusel (1989) Ending