While I was poking around my favorite film blog, Shadow & Act, I ran across a story about a Brazilian TV show that ran a special end of the world episode involving a white woman “becoming” a black woman to live out her dream of bedding a black man.

My first thought? What the hell? Seeing as interracial dating in Brazil isn’t taboo, I wondered why the woman didn’t just set out on her quest to sleep with a black man as herself. But this was for TV, and I’m guessing the producers wanted to add an extra twist to make the show more entertaining.

Gatas Negras of the blog, Black Women of Brazil gives a few more details about the show:

On the November 29th episode of Brazil’s Globo TV program Como aproveitar o fim do mundo (How to take advantage of the end of the world), actress Aline Moraes’s character Kátia artificially darkens her skin and dons an afro wig to “become” a black woman. Why? In Globo’s own take on the end of the world craze, Kátia wants do everything she hadn’t managed to do in her life up to that point including fixing the errors. So what does this have to do with looking like a black woman? Check out how the blog called Belezas Negras explained it in a post called “Black Face e o fim do mundo na TV Globo (Blackface and the end of the world on Globo TV)”:

“Globo TV tries to spread the in-vogue belief in the end of the world on the cabalistic day of 12/21/2012, a touch of anticipated spectacle on the couch.

“In its parody of the end of the world on TV, the series Como aproveitar o fim do mundo (How to take advantage of the end of the world) presents an episode in which a white actress, Aline Moraes, is made up as a black woman in order to accomplish one of her “last desires”: to fuck a black man. I used the word “fuck” because I find it more consistent with the final moment in time, straight up with no sweetener or false morality! After all, she only has a short time to accomplish the act.

“In the minds of the authors, by the fictional scene they created, this is one of those things that they believe some white women want at the last minute. The critical conclusion that they ultimately reached is consistent with the policy and standard imagery that Globo TV and its clan of writers commonly produce and exhibit through racist stereotypes offered to the public as entertainment.”

While Globo TV’s show may not have been explicitly racist, it certainly was in bad taste.  And considering Brazilian TV lacks substantial black representation, in spite of the fact the country has the largest black population outside of Nigeria, Globo TV’s decision to depict a white woman “becoming” a black woman simply to sleep with a man was even more problematic.

Check out a clip from the show and let us know what you think.


83 Comments

  1. Beautiful Mic

    What they’re trying to say is that there is no phenotype discrimination going on directed towards black women, by black and non-black men. It’s all in our heads.

    They think they’re slick.

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    • leelah

      I think you’re right. I watched the clip and was confused. As a white woman, she has a black man in her life. she comes home and he comes out of the bathroom pleasantly surprised by her dressed up as a black woman.–could it be that her fantasy isn’t to sleep with a black man but to be/play as a black woman. Is this like a modern day ‘black like me’ thing?–so will black face liberate this woman sexually(considering all the myths about black female sexuality)?

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  2. leelah

    I have no issue with your comment and didn’t even bother to give it a thumbs down. But I think u got so many downs because the story is outlandish and offensive but you made a surface level comment that just by-passed all that seriousness.

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  3. I don’t see how her one comment represents black women but that just how some you silly males think.

    I think she disliked your comment because instead of denouncing the Brazilian actresses racist actions you ignored it and chose to praise her. I can only imagine what you would call a black woman who did the same thing you did but towards a white man.

    And I wish black men would expand their vocabulary beyond the word “bitter.” It makes you all look like braindead, illiterate children whose vocabulary is so limited that they cannot think of better words to express themselves.

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  4. leelah

    I watched the clip. It appears she already has a black man in her life. so doing a black man isn’t the point of this show. The point is this white woman is fulfilling her fantasy of being black.which supports one of the many stereotypes about whites dating blacks, they get to be part of black culture. this looks like a modern day ‘black like me’ show. –the offensive part will be the impending sexual liberation this chick undergoes as she is touched by that ancient black female spirit of heightened sexuality.–I wonder if they’ll show any racial discrimination moments or will she just be bed hopping and bouncing her hips the whole way through.

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  5. Mr. Man

    @hrdblackman

    Its because this is a place for bw and what I’ve come to notice is that if your not here praising them with every sentence you will be ‘down arrowed’dang near off the board. For instance, on page one I simply used the SAME discription the lady I responded to used and because I (a man) used her word I got negative hits.

    We are in their club house man so it is what it is.

    I just so happen to really enjoy all the clutch writers here (I have my favorites, Demetria and Britni being two) and the various perspectives, for this reason I read this board right along with CNN and will continue.

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