RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: Brazil welcomed pop star Taylor Swift in a unique and special way. Rio De Janeiro honored the singer by screening a “Welcome to Brasil” shirt inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Junior Jewels” shirt from her “You Belong With Me” music video about the iconic Christ the Redeemer.
Brazil’s Swifties were flooding the social media accounts of Padre Omar Raposo, rector of the Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer after Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes supported their demand.
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On November 16, the official Christ the Redeemer Instagram account shared a video of the screening saying, “We did it, Swifties!! You all got to show Taylor and then all the love! A big thank you to everyone who donated! Make it a wonderful day!”
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Brazil is Swift’s second stop on the international leg of her record-breaking Eras tour. She presents three shows from November 17 to 19 at the Estádio Nilton Santos in Rio De Janeiro and three shows from November 24 to 26 in São Paulo.
Omar Raposo asked Swifties for a charitable donation
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Raposo posted a video saying he would only accept the Swifties’ request if they donated “more than 20,000 units of panettone and mineral water before 9 p.m. this Thursday, November 16, to help people in situation of vulnerability and social exclusion. And they did.
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According to USA Today, Leonardo Ulths De Carvalho, a 21-year-old publicist, created the original photoshopped image, while Gabriel Dadam, art director of one of Swift’s fan clubs, directed the projection.
Rio de Janeiro is the second stop on Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour concert (Getty Images)
Not everyone is happy with the projection on the Christ statue
In addition to being a cultural icon of Christ of Rio De Janeiro, the Redeemer statue symbolizes Christianity because it was built to express the divinity of Jesus Christ. Therefore, some people are furious with the projection welcoming Swift to Brazil.
Reactions on social media suggest that many see this as a lack of respect for the monument, with some even saying it was “blasphemy”.
One user said: “This is insane. They shouldn’t have done this.”
it’s insane. they shouldn’t have done that
– eruj (@erujabidi) November 17, 2023
Another user said: “So disrespectful.”
— alani (@fourlokogirl) November 17, 2023
“Why did they use Christ as advertising space?” » asked a third user.
Why did they use Christ as advertising space?
– David Lapadat (@david_lapadat) November 17, 2023
“This is not blasphemy,” one user asked. While a fifth user asked: “No cap, isn’t that low-key blasphemy?”
is this not blasphemy
– Sweet Milla (@SweetestMilla) November 17, 2023
No cap, isn’t that low-key blasphemous?
— Jake Perry (@PresupPerry) November 17, 2023
Another said: “I’m totally against it.”
I am totally against it 🤬🤬🤬🤬
– Monsieur-tee (@enochnibang) November 17, 2023
Swifties defended the screening with an explanation
Brazil’s Swifties went crazy when authorities finally granted their wish. They don’t care about negative reactions.
Brazil Swifties were quick enough to collect requested donations to honor Taylor Swift at the Christ the Redeemer statue
A hardcore Swiftie has given a clear explanation on the issue of disrespect.
An X user from Brazil, @ursogorrrgeous, who calls herself Swiftie, wrote in defense of the event. “In Brazil, the use of projections is a recurring event. This can be seen in particular during important football events (which are very important) where the statue of Christ the Redeemer adorns a jersey. Brands use it. Personalities notables also use it.” She has also shared images of the ornate statue in various projections in the past.
hi, Swiftie from Brazil here 👋🏼
in Brazil, the use of projections is a recurring phenomenon. it can notably be observed during important football events (which are very important) where the statue of Christ the Redeemer adorns a jersey. brands use it. Notable figures are also used (please… https://t.co/gADcijhBmy pic.twitter.com/5awUPeoQlx
– bibi⸆⸉ (@ursogorrrgeous) November 16, 2023
“It is very remarkable that the orchestration of these screenings is entrusted to a clergyman and that the effort is exclusively dedicated to philanthropic and charitable causes,” she added. The user also asked people to do proper research before calling this disrespectful.
She also said: “We honor Taylor for finally coming here after a decade. Efforts are now being redirected towards providing assistance to those in need.
Many have supported this view. One user said: “This is not blasphemy, because the statue has been used in this way for years, the PRIEST who is in charge of the projection himself has given permission.”
this is not blasphemy, because the statue has been used like this for years, the PRIEST who is in charge of the projection himself has given authorization
– gus ★ (@ocoracacaotirano) November 17, 2023
Another user said: “They do this for football teams so no it’s not disrespectful just because it’s for Taylor.”
they do this for football teams so no, it’s not disrespectful just because it’s for Taylor.
– blondie (@bIondier) November 17, 2023
One user commented on @ursogorrrgeous’ post in support of her: “Hi sweetie! Swiftie from Argentina here. You know your culture and if you’re respectful or not, no business in another country. You have to welcome it in the Brazilian way, which “It’s great. Enjoy, haters from other countries are going to hate. “
Hello Darling! Swiftie from Argentina here. You know your culture and whether you are respectful or not, no business in another country. You have to welcome it in the Brazilian way, which is great. Enjoy, haters from other countries will hate 😚
– 🔸 (@itsfearless4) November 16, 2023
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