(Edge) Brazil's virulently anti-LGBTQ president, Jair Bolsonaro, reportedly has an invitation for the world's heterosexual males: Come to Brazil to enjoy the women. But at the same time, the right-wing politician warns against letting Brazil turn into a "gay tourism paradise," reports the BBC.
"If you want to come here and have sex with a woman, go for your life," Bolsonaro reportedly said, according to an article in Crusoe Magazine. But, the proudly homophobic head of state added, while straight guys from all over the globe are getting it on with Brazilian women, "Brazil can't be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism. We have families."
Bolsonaro's remarks prompted criticism and condemnation, with at least one politician — Brazilian congressman David Miranda — declaring Bolsonaro's words were not those of a "head of state" and constituted "a national disgrace," reported The Guardian. Miranda also expressed concern that Bolsonaro was promoting the exploitation of Brazilian women.
"He is staining the image of our country in every imaginable way," said Miranda.
Bolsonaro has a years-long history of making anti-LGBTQ comments and has described himself as being homophobic. In one notorious quote, he declared he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.
Bolsonaro's deep and long-held fascination with gays manifested itself in a similarly controversial manner during the country's Carnival celebrations in March, when the Brazilian president tweeted out a video of one man urinating on another's head. Bolsonaro claimed that the video was representative of the country's Carnival celebrations.
Others called it porn.
Some in Brazil took Bolsonaro to task for posting the graphic image. One Brazilian senator, Humberto Costa, responded to the urination video by telling Bolsonaro that he was "pathetic," while political scientist Mara Telles declared the post "incompatible with the dignity, honor, and decorum of the office."
In an appearance with fellow social media junkie Donald Trump, also in March, Bolsonaro declared that Brazil and the U.S. would "stand side by side in their efforts to ensure liberties and respect to traditional family lifestyles, respect to God, our Creator, against the gender ideology or the politically correct attitudes and against fake news," reported the Associated Press in March.
Bolsonaro made the remarks in the White House Rose Garden, as Trump stood nearby, smiling.
Bolsonaro has picked up the nickname "Trump of the Tropics," the AP noted.
New York's American Museum of Natural History was slated to be the venue for a speech by Bolsonaro at a gala for the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. Those plans were shelved earlier this month following a public outcry, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio citing Bolsonaro's "overt racism and homophobia" and calling Bolsonaro "very dangerous," reported The Guardian in a separate article.