Calling out the Brazilians not to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic like “a country of fags”, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, on November 10, drew a strong criticism for his latest controversial outburst on the virus infection.
“All anyone talks about these days is the pandemic. We need to stop that. I regret the deaths. I really do. But we’re all going to die someday. There’s no use fleeing reality. We have to stop being a country of fags…. We have to face up to it and fight. I hate this faggot stuff,” he said.
The comment by him came during a meandering speech at the presidential palace in which he also appeared to threaten US President-elect Joe Biden. The statement came as Bolsonaro consistently downplayed the virus even when it has claimed 163,000 lives in Brazil – the second-highest death count worldwide, after the United States.