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7 Year Old Brazilian Samba Queen

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Little Julia Lira isn't old enough to stay home alone or stay up late, but a Brazilian court has ruled that a seven-year-old girl can dance the samba in front of a crowd of thousands as a Rio Carnival drum corps queen. [Source: TelegraphUK] Keeping in mind the culture of Brazil, was it appropriate for people to be up in arms about Little Julia's role as samba queen?  Read the full story here.


Talking with Tami on: February 12, 2010 at 6:42 AM said...

She is a beauty come check out what Im lovin right now tee hee!

Anonymous on: February 16, 2010 at 8:10 AM said...
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Anonymous on: February 16, 2010 at 8:14 AM said...

Facebook dialogue:
NG: It's disturbing for a child that young to be exposed to the sexual nature of the carnival.
2/15/10 at 2:39pm
TF: I think this is an interesting issue, particularly for Americans and a lot of people evidently share your point of view. So much so that this went to court (although the opposers lost). I think Brazil (in general) has a far more relaxed point of view about sexuality, much like many parts of Europe. I'm not sure that a 7 year old child raised in Brazilian culture (i.e., doing the samba or hanging out at the beach) would be looked upon sexually; just like I don't think a 7 year old Brazilian child looks at samba dancers at carnival and thinks about anything sexual. Interesting subject...
2/15/10 at 2:47pm
NG: I would also worry about her safety. There's so many people that go to carnival. I would think her dad would worry about other men touching her or saying something that she shouldn't be hearing.
2/15/10 at 3:36pm
NG: But I understand what u are saying though.
2/15/10 at 3:37pm
TF: I respect your opinion. I don't think for one minute that this child's parents are not concerned for her safety and or that they won't take the necessary precautions just like you or I would. It's a custom that samba schools (the dad is the owner of the school) present at Carnival. It's a REALLY BIG deal and common to the culture. I think she performed already. I'll have to google it.
2/15/10 at 6:41pm


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