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Polandball Cartoon ~ Brazil's Bus Tickets by Undevicesimus Polandball Cartoon ~ Brazil's Bus Tickets by Undevicesimus
Seven years have passed since Brazil claimed the privilege to host the FIFA World Cup 2014, which the government apparently promised would be one great tribute to the emergence of Brazil as a modernised, well-developed economic giant. Or at least, such was the official propaganda. The FIFA World Cup 2014 is right here, and what is the state of affairs in Brazil? More than 11,000,000,000 USD went into hosting an event which will place Brazil in the world spotlights for about a month. But behind this skin-deep facade, Brazil is a country where economic and social inequality rise sky-high amidst a nearly omnipresent political corruption. This is a country struggling to provide its people with basic security, education, healthcare and public transportation. The masses stage protests and riots because they can barely afford something as simple as a bus ticket. Considering these are only the things that reach the Western media, the situation on the ground is probably much worse...

For the sake of the people of Brazil, I sincerely hope their national team does well at the World Cup, so that the burdens imposed on them by the Brazilian government and the corrupt FIFA are at least partly and temporarily lightened. When the World Cup is over, however, I fear Brazil will only have become a better place in the fantasy of the foreigners who no doubt will be confirmed in the typical Western image of Brazil as a country of football, carnival, beaches and curvy women. For most Brazilians, it could very well be a rude awakening.

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FESMiro1 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist
Did you know that almost 30% of The population of Brazil couldn't see the game?
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014   Artist
No, but it doesn't surprise me :/
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eubarradeus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
as a Brazilian person I am very glad to read this, because what you put in this text is exactly what most of people here think (the ones who aren't totally misguided by the mass media), it's accurate and I am happy you as a Foreigner did your research well :) I am sick and tired of seeing foreigners saying 'uhh the world cup will be so good and beautiful for your country, you will improve a lot your country with the cup' when it's TOTALLY different... both the right and the left wing became WAY radical after the protests last year, it's hard to find someone sensible enough to talk of politics without using slurs and saying to kill other people...

the only thing I didn't understand is why the Brazilian balls are saying HUE... because huehuehuehue is a form of laughter here! I am sorry if I don't understand, but I can't imagine why they are supposed to be laughing at the protest....
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014   Artist
I agree the propaganda surrounding the World Cup is seriously deceiving... I don't know how much you see of the Western media in Brazil but it's kind of sad. For each article lamenting the problems and protests in Brazil, there are ten other articles praising the "glory and spectacle" of the World Cup.

Just today for example, there was a 2-page article about Brazil in one of Belgium's most important newspapers. It explained "11 do's & don'ts" for Belgians who are travelling to Brazil to see the World Cup. The article dismissed Brazil's problems as "of little or no concern to Belgians", and portrayed the country (yet again) as Carnival Kingdom where everything is super-awesome all-day. It probably is, if you're a foreign visitor to the World Cup who leaves for Europe when it's over...

About the HUE's... I always thought it could express almost any emotion, including anger. That was wrong, apparently, so the HUE's are gone.
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eubarradeus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
ARGH thats so terrible, this colonial mindset of 'screw those indians and their problems, we're going there just to have a little fun and then go back to our first world home'... I so feel your embarrassment/anger in seeing this kind of things being written by 'journalists'... here what's the most commented aspect of international media coverage is the bad News, media here goes like 'you see, people in the US, UK Germany and so are worried about us, look at the disgrace we are'... so you can be sure the bad/concerned opinions about us are more important than the good because you know, media here is totally colonised and ready to do anything to satisfy the first world opinions.... it's like, a Thousand Brazilians saying the thing is bad is not of concern, one foreign newspaper saying this and everybody goes 'omg how shameful!!'

Oh no problem about the Hue's, it's a common misconception :)
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Artist
Yes, I agree it's a colonial mindset: the idea a former colonial nation like Brazil exist primarily to serve the European powers (and the US, which is a former colony itself). This is very obvious in how the Western media covers the World Cup. They constantly repeat the stereotypical image of Brazil as a decadent country of football, carnival, beach parties and half-naked girls... The people who are going to Brazil are expecting to participate and be confirmed in this, so that they can come home and tell us how true it is. It's a farce that runs skin-deep, but Brazil is expected to play along in it... I understand the Brazilian people are angry about this. Sure, the whole football-carnival-party idea is a part of Brazil's culture and identity, but the Western media use it to cover up the fact that the World Cup is being hosted by a country that is far from a well-developed modernised giant where things are going well. We in Europe don't want to see that millions of Brazilians live in poverty and despair, we just want to see the things that confirm the stereotypical image of Brazil... The rest doesn't concern us, because we don't have to live in Brazil after the World Cup. Sad, really :(
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Ezekielepharcelis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Very good Stuff again :) I like your political Statements and its visualization :)
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014   Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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SoaringAven Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I into posting this on our countryball page? :)
(and you shouldn't be using the circle tool ^^; It's forbidden in countryball)
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014   Artist
Sure you can :) And can you into giving me a link?

I know you're supposed to actually draw the circles but I couldn't resist, it just looks 'cleaner' that way ^^
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