Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Does Brazilian TV’s Obsession with Female Flesh Verge on the Sinister?

About a month ago I was reading an online interview in which the British TV presenter, Daisy Donovan, reflected on her time in Brazil . She was over here for a documentary series to investigate the weird and wonderful world of the country's extreme TV shows, and not too far into this interview it became clear that she wasn't shying away from controversy. When discussing one of the more unique TV shows the country has to offer, Miss Bum Bum (a nationwide search to find the best backside in the country...yes, you read that correctly!) she warned that ‘Brazilian TV’s obsession with female flesh verges on the sinister’.

Why don't you get yourself off that fence Daisy!



Although this generalised statement was clearly being used to drum up interest for potential viewers and not really a reflection on what TV is like here, I could kind of see where she was coming from....kind of. Let me give you just one example of something that happened on one show I saw that left me stunned when I saw it about a year ago. One Sunday afternoon I was over at my friends house watching TV. Out of nowhere my favourite Brazilian celebrity, Watermelon Woman, was brought out on stage in her bikini (which was tiny, obviously!) where she talked to the presenters for a few minutes, and was then asked to pick a piece of paper up from the floor. She was wearing stiletto heels and instead of the crowd responding with gasps as turned her back to them, locked her knees and then bent down to pick this paper up (her ass was within touching distance of the camera, giving the viewer an extreme close up of her ….erm, watermelon), the audience actually sat there and applauded. That's right, this mostly female audience actually sat there and clapped at her arse! 
"It's me, the Watermelon Woman....
me and the Watermelon are BAAAAAAAACCKKKKK!"

Can you even begin to imagine having your arse clapped? I had never seen people applaud a backside before, and I definitely hadn't expected to see it for the first time during a Sunday afternoon talk show.

I pointed at the screen in the hope that someone would give me confirmation that they too could see what I was seeing, and that's when my friends began mocking my reaction. “But this is Brazil, this is not strange for us! Don’t you have shows like this too?”

“Well…no! Don’t women mind being degraded like this?” I asked sounding like an old lady. My friend received my question with a pretty deadpan expression on his face. “What are you talking about, this is not degrading. Watermelon Woman has a very big bum, and many people want to see it. And she makes money from going on the show, so it's really not that bad!”

I looked at my friend in confusion. He looked at me like a prude. We held this look for a few seconds before he broke off the stare to look at our other friend. “Foreigners!” he simply said whilst rolling his eyes. 
  
So that was one example of a show I found to be, well....a little too much for me to get my British head around at first. However instead of being as judgmental as Daisy and deeming this as 'sinister', I've often wondered if my surprised reaction says more about me as a Brit than it does about our Brazilian counterparts…are Brits not just a whole lot more prudish than we care to admit?

Well I was intrigued to see if this sort of thing would feature heavily in this documentary.

The Documentary


The Winner Of Miss Bum Bum 2012
Not too long into the show Daisy found herself sat in a popular bar area of Sao Paulo, Vila Madalena, where she asked the waiter for a beer. As he went off to get this for her, quite by chance I’m sure, Daisy immediately found herself watching Miss Bum Bum. I’d not actually heard anything about this show until recently, but Daisy's documentary seemed to insinuate that shows like this were on every day after work over here. 

“Before I even get my drink, I’m exposed to a spectacular feast of the flesh” she stated as the camera then focused on the show playing out across the bar. 

Daisy instantly took issue with the show...and who can blame her. She’d gone in to the bar for a beer and found herself watching a program about arses, at a time of the evening back home she’d have probably been watching Emmerdale.

To make matters worse, nobody else in this bar seemed to care that this show was on. Although to be fair, they seemed much more interested in the conversations they were having with their friends than what was being screened in the corner of the bar. Daisy looked like she was the only one in there who’d gone out for a beer to sit and watch TV.

Of course, she felt obliged to share her surprised reaction with the guy on the next table. “Would you watch this type of show with your wife?” she asked whilst gesturing over to the TV screen. From the disgusted look on her face, you’d have thought that it was pornography she was asking him about.

“Yes. No problem” replied this middle aged business man instinctively.

Unfortunately, Daisy brought a small
camera man over to Brazil with her
Daisy sighed and then reverted her gaze back over to the screen. “Well, it just wouldn't be like that in England” she said quite loudly, clearly not to elicit a response from the guy but for the benefit of the camera.

The guy on the next table then felt the need to defend his viewing habits. “I imagine it wouldn't happen in the UK” he argued, seemingly unable to understand what Daisy was getting at, “because women there don’t have bums like this, do they?”

“Erm….” responded Daisy, who’d been caught off guard by his comment. It obviously hadn't registered with this guy that he should have been embarrassed or uncomfortable with what he was watching.

“100% not, no” she conceded.

Culture Clash


And right there was an interesting clash of British and Brazilian culture that really struck a chord with me. Like Daisy, as a foreigner over here who has had my own views and beliefs challenged by my surroundings in a way that I hadn't expected, I could relate to what she'd just seen. Having what you've always considered normal suddenly becoming weird to the people around you can feel quite unnerving.

Bring your kids!
Actually I remember once trying to explain to a student in Japan that British people love nothing more on November 5th than building a fire, standing around it with their children and then cheering as an effigy goes up in flames; all against the backdrop of fireworks. “Do children really watch the body burn?” my Japanese high school student asked with concern. “Well yes” I responded, before considering for the first time in my life just how SAVAGE Bonfire Night must sound to someone who isn't accustomed to it. “But its tradition” I interjected, as if this went some way to justify us still celebrating it this side of the 21st century.

Degrading?


So it wasn't long before Daisy was given the opportunity to talk to a journalist at the Bum Bum show and challenge him on his views on decency. “Do you feel like this show is objectifying women in some way?”

'Brazilian woman like to be, not exactly objectified" he began, "but they like to be admired. Brazilian women have the highest self esteem in the world. If you ask any Brazilian woman, especially in the lower classes you will find that this is true…”

"These bikini bottoms are bloody killing me!"
However just as the show looked set to explore this issue in more depth, it changed its focus from backsides to live crime shows, leaving me with a few questions of my own to ask my Brazilian friends.

As it turns out, the more Brazilians I've asked about women being 'degraded' the more I've noticed that this issue elicits differing responses. On the one hand people appreciate that showing scantily clad women in their bikinis feels slightly outdated, yet on the other many are indifferent to seeing women like this. Which begs the question, why do some feel like this?

Although  the women in bikinis on TV shows might, to the unaccustomed eye, look like they're appealing exclusively to a male audience, over here if you go down to any given beach you’re likely to find the women wearing exactly the same thing. Women here don’t wear bikini’s that modestly hide flesh, they favour tiny bikinis that many back home would never dream of wearing. Seeing women dressed in so little on your first trip to the beach might be a real eye opener at first, but summer months here are HOT and people enjoy spending time at the beach wearing as little as possible. It's a cultural thing.

So really what the women wear on the Miss Bum Bum show is arguably just an extension of what you’re likely to find on any given Brazilian beach, something Brazilian women wouldn't find all that 'sinister' when watching on TV. 

Reading between the lines I guess what Daisy had a problem with not that the scantily clad women were being admired for their beauty, but that perhaps because in the UK at least, shows like this are arguably made to suit more of a masochistic agenda.

Jordan, a former page 3 girl and one of the UK's most
prominent pointless clelbrities started her career thanks to our media's
obsession with her 'female flesh' 
So is Brazilian TV showcasing beautiful women to be admired, or does it represent objectification that should be frowned upon? Or both?

The answer to that is one I'm still fairly unsure about, but even considering this ultimately invites comparisons with how the British media portrays its own women.

Isn't Our Own Media Equally As Obsesssed With Female Flesh Too?


And interestingly one aspect of our media that Brazilians find low class is the way it is so comfortable with showing naked breasts.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with our Page 3 girl tradition, this is where on the third page of one of the most famous tabloids in the country, The Sun, an attractive woman poses topless for the reader to...erm, admire. And the tradition of having topless women do this isn't exclusive to this tabloid newspaper either. The advice from our own prime minister is that if you find this degrading, you should simply ’just turn the page’.

As a nation the relaxed attitude our media has towards breasts is arguably then extended to how women behave when at the beach, as many women think nothing of sunbathing topless when abroad; and even Royalty got in on the act last year.

“I can’t believe Kate Middleton relaxed outside her hotel room without a bikini on when someone took her picture” said one of my students. “She is a Princess; she shouldn't be walking round showing her naked breasts. I understand that doing that on the beach is European culture, but to me, it seems so…trashy”.

What I wear to work is a lot more conservative!
So this is one form of ‘female flesh’ you're unlikely to see on TV over here. Yes, you might have seen women showing their breasts in pictures during carnival here, but actually you're only likely to see these during the five day carnival event. Even then it's often dismissed as a 'carnival thing'. Outside of this celebration topless women don't really play any part in the Brazilian media, and certainly don't feature on any of the beaches here (except of course the nudist ones).

So whilst Daisy might have rolled her eyes at what she was seeing on Miss Bum Bum, equally Brazilian’s could argue that the UK's ‘obsession’ with the ‘female flesh’ verges on being uncomfortable for them too. 

But does this obsession with female flesh verge on the sinister? Well let me clarify one thing, shows containing a ridiculous amount of female flesh aren't nearly all that common here. In fact, they represent a very small percentage of a TV channels output. So I think labeling the showing of female flesh as an 'obsession' is definitely a step too far. What constitutes as 'sinful' is also pretty subjective too, dependent not only on your cultural understanding of what 'female flesh' represents, but also on your personal perspective.

And from what I've noticed over here, attitudes to sexuality and female flesh in general aren't nearly as ‘sinful’ as they are back home. Perhaps then what Daisy should have said is that 'when projecting British values onto Brazilian culture, at a push, the way female flesh is shown on TV will verge on the uncomfortable for some viewers'.

What do you think? Is there such thing as a 'sinful' amount of skin on Brazilian TV? Are Brits not just a whole lot more prudish than they care to admit? Isn't there an 'obsession' with female flesh in the majority of media channels around the world, not just Brazil's? 

Monday, July 15, 2013

What Is A Brazilian Butt?

In the summer of last year I took a trip to the island of Florianopolis. On the third night in, just as the hostel bar was about to close, someone suggested heading over to the local nightclub. Being one too many caipirinhas into the evening by this point, everyone from the hostel naturally thought that this was a GREAT idea! 

This is my happy face.
We’d not been in the club that long when the DJ unexpectedly announced that the Miss Florianopolis Auto Repairs 2012 competition (or something like that) was about to start. This surprised not just me but everyone else I was with, as we really weren't expecting much more from our Tuesday night out than a bit of David Guetta and some bad sertanejo music. 

So off went the tunes, and from a spiral staircase above, one by one twelve women in bikinis descended onto the stage. Naturally they were greeted by the roar of their supportive friends...and a whole load of drunken men. If the icy glares I noticed coming from the women in the crowd are how Brazilians show their approval, then there was a whole lot of love for these contestants at this moment.

As the DJ announced each of the women in turn, the contestants (in their tiny black bikinis) spun around on the spot, giving the crowd a 360 degree view of their bodies.

When contestant number four was announced she stepped forward with plenty of confidence, and it was very noticeable that she was greedily enjoying all of the attention being directed towards her.

Whilst she was in mid pout, one of the Brazilian guys from the hostel screamed enthusiastically; “WOW! Look at the ass on THAT!” The ‘ass’ in question was indeed very round, accentuated by this woman’s thin frame and her ‘Aslan from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ inspired backcombed hair.

"Yea, hairdresser...make me look like Aslan!"
Out of nowhere, a temporary firmness gripped the mild-mannered Australian guy I’d met just a few days earlier in my hostel, as he stood next to his girlfriend. “You like asses this big?” he asked in a fairly dismissive way. He then shook his head as he remarked rather unconvincingly, “well, that’s FAR too big for me!”

As he wrapped a reassuring arm around his un-curvy girlfriend’s shoulders, I noticed that he'd kept one eye on her and the other on the woman on stage.

“My friend, you’re in Brazil” replied the Brazilian, who was now forcing out a defiant smile. “Here there is no such thing as an ass that is too big!”

Unfortunately for contestant number four, the judges weren't nearly as enthusiastic about her as he was, and it was contestant number seven (a beautiful woman who was also shaped a little bit like a pencil) who was the eventual winner. Yet what this Brazilian guy said left a bit of an impression on me, and I remember asking myself, ‘there really isn't such thing an ass that is too big for Brazilian guys? Really?’

By this point I’d lived in Sao Paulo for over two years, so I was more than aware that many Brazilian women have generously proportioned buttocks. This wasn't news to me, but it got me wondering what the elusive Brazilian ass even looked like.

So being from the UK, the country that gave the world Sherlock Holmes, I conducted a very thorough investigation….and asked about 8 of my male friends for their opinions. They told me that for them, the perfect Brazilian ass isn't just about being big (although that is important apparently), it’s about being gravity defying. “Andrew, the best asses in the country can be found in Rio” one argued. “Women care more about their bodies there, more so than in the rest of Brazil. Yes the ass needs to be big, but it's also got to be pert, and it can't be covered in cellulite…oh, and it needs to look good in a bikini”.

Realising how creepy simply asking my male friends about women’s behinds would be for this blog post, I reread some of my favourite female expat blogs to give this post some sort of balance. Hypocritique Brazil is living in Belo Horizonte (http://hypocritiquebrazil.wordpress.com/) and she said this about the Brazilian butt;

‘(It’s) proportionately big, round and defies gravity by its pertness. Even as a girl who doesn’t normally while away her days by checking out other ladies’ rear ends, the Brazilian bottom kinds of sticks out in a way that is hard not to notice’.

And then there is Danielle, an expat living over in Rio (http://daniellebrazil.blogspot.com.br/) who said this about the infamous Brazilian derriere when visiting the beach. ‘They’re here and they’re near and they’re in your face and you can’t help but stare. It’s like some of the woman are saying “here you go. A present: My ass. Have a gander”.
Poor Watermelon Woman...always having her
paddling sessions interrupted by the paparazzi!

This might surprise those of you who simply associate big posteriors with overweight ladies (as I actually did before coming out here). Where I’m from in the north of England, a big ass on a woman of average weight is not so common. I’m of course referring to my hometown here because in the larger cities of the UK, for people there this is probably not the case. However over here I've seen plenty of slim women with very curvy behinds. Perhaps I've noticed them more because they’re often embracing skin-tight skirts or jeans with high waistbands. So when I first came, I was given the impression that the butt is a part of the body that often looks like it is being fearlessly exhibited by many here. And I also quickly learnt that big behinds are certainly not just a feature of some overweight women.
  
Of course, not all women have these voluptuous behinds. I mean, of course they don’t. As I've already discussed in a previous blog post on what Brazilian women look like (brazilian-women), the country is made up of such a rich ethnic tapestry that, unsurprisingly, its people come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. But when it comes to the ass, and taking this into consideration, there seems to be a larger amount of women with rounded behinds than you would probably expect. This is something blogger Born Again Brazilian (living in Sao Paulo) mentioned in one of her blog posts too.

‘There is one feature that all Brazilian women share. In my opinion, they all seem to have really good butts. Their butts are on the smaller side and high. I don’t know why this is so prevalent, considering Brazil is as big of a heritage melting pot as the U.S. if not more. Perhaps the act of walking along the beach or dodging traffic forms the butt muscles in a certain fashion’.
During the Confederations Cup, comments made on my Facebook 
feed about Hulk's backside almost surpassed the number of updates of 
      my friend’s posted on their progress on Candy Crush!


For those who don’t fancy putting in the hours in down at the gym, there is another option. Hyocritique's blog post also points out that ‘according to the Economist there are seven times more buttock operations in Brazil than the top 25 country average’.

Your quest for that beach body ends here!
For women to achieve the desired curvy look, surgeons reshape the buttock area by transferring fat from other parts of the body and then graft it directly into the butt. This procedure is called the Brazilian Butt Lift, and is apparently the only surgical procedure to be named after a country. As well as this operation, you could also opt to have butt implants (I can’t believe I've just sat and watched youtube clips of these operations for a good 10 minutes now!) to get the results you're after.

I should point out that not all women in Brazil actually want this shaped backside. It’s simply not a case of ‘if you've got it, flaunt it; and if you don’t then pay for it’. In fact I've been told that wealthy Brazilian women tend to favour having smaller behinds, and some of these women also view this obsession with having a great ass as being synonymous with lower class tastes.

Watermelon Woman (Pictured below) is one of the most curious of Brazilian celebrities I've heard about, because she is famous here purely for her butt. Recently she gave an interview with the magazine The Economist Vice, and whilst I am in no doubt that this woman does not speak for the nation, her words are very interesting to foreigners like myself as they give some sort of an insight into attitudes some Brazilian women place on the importance of having the 'Brazilian Butt'.
"Hiyyyyaaaaaaaaaaa!"

It’s not that [women in Rio] don’t care about their faces, but the body comes first ....When someone sees a woman down the street, before they even start talking, they look at the butt. I myself do that. I can’t say a woman is pretty if she doesn't have a nice butt.

For women like her and also the finalists of the Miss Bum Bum competition (A competition to find the nations best ass, a little bit like the X Factor but just for asses. If you've not heard of this before, it will feature in my next blog), being blessed with a large behind has been a meal ticket to fame and even a more privileged lifestyle. And whilst I can think of a lot of famous people back home who are famous for BEING asses, I can't think of a single Brit who is famous simply for having one!

But then back in the UK the ass isn't celebrated nearly as much as it is over here; and it is for this reason then Brazilian attitudes to the butt in general will no doubt continue to be a source of intrigue for many foreigners...for a long time to come.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Being Outsmarted By My Seven Year Old Brazilian Student!


A few months ago I was teaching my seven year old student, a young kid with an exceptionally high level of English. So in the middle of an incredibly tense game of Connect 4 I noticed that he’d stopped focusing on the game, and was instead staring directly at me.  

“Andrew” he said thoughtfully, “why do you have a REALLY small head and a really BIG nose?”

A very sincere look embraced his usually smiley face. He was staring at me quite inquisitively, not blinking or looking away once; and it was then that I realised he wasn't joking around. This was a genuine question that

he wanted a genuine answer to.

“I don’t have a small head” I said with a defiant tone, which on reflection must have sounded more like I was trying to convince myself than it was correcting him.

“Oh Andrew, of course you do!” was his response, like I was a fool for even suggesting otherwise. At that I noticed a cheeky glint in his eye, he’d clearly just realised a new way to mock me. Unsurprisingly then, since this conversation he has gleefully brought up the size of my head at least a few times every class.

I don’t have a small head, I know this. When I asked my Mum, she told me I didn't!

I know I have a generously proportioned nose though. I remember once giving a class in Japan, when a 73 year old student interrupted me to ask if it was possible for me to kiss girls.

“But doesn't your nose get in the way?” he asked with a genuine desire to know about my kissing technique.

So with this kid we play Jenga in our classes too, alongside some pre-written questions that he needs to ask every time he pulls out a piece. On some of these pieces are question marks, so when he pulls these he can ask me anything he likes.

A recent picture of said head! I'm in the middle, and the two
either side of me were the friends featured in my last blog on Tom Jobim!

A few weeks ago this happened;

“I have a question” he said seconds after removing a piece, with a sinister smile then playing out across his lips.

Unfortunately, I knew what was coming but had to respect the pre-agreed rules of the game.

“Ok, what is it!?!” I asked hesitantly.

“Why is…..your head…….SOOOOOOOOOO small!”

At that he fell about laughing, appreciating his own joke to the point of almost hyperventilating. I sat there and waited it out.

When he’d eventually stopped, I told him not to talk about the size of my head anymore. “It’s not funny” I said, trying unsuccessfully to sound genuinely hurt.  I didn't hear anything more about it for the rest of the class though, “BINGO, that’s it!” I assumed! My head isn't about to be the butt of anymore jokes!”

Well the next week he mentioned the size of my head again….”but it’s SOOOOOOOO small” he teased. I was frustrated, so I said, in quite a matter-of-fact way, “look! If you don’t stop I’m going to tell your mother”.

Of course, I’m not going to say anything to his Mum. I mean, he is only seven, I’d look ridiculous!

“Tell her what?” he asked, with a deliberate theatrical pause. I could see that his eyes were already laughing at what he was about to say, and like am award winning comedian, he was just waiting for the moment to deliver his epic punch line.

“Are you going to tell my Mum that you have….a REALLY small head!?!”

Again, he then laughed hysterically whilst I sat there…getting my (not so large) head around the fact that I’d just been OWNED big time by a seven year old!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tom Jobim V's Frank Sinatra

A few months ago my friend invited me to a free concert in the city, put on to celebrate the music of the late Brazilian singer Tom Jobim.  Jobim was the guy who composed Garota de Ipanema (known in many English speaking countries as The Girl from Ipanema), which is the second most recorded song of all time behind The Beatles’ Yesterday. He is regarded by many as not only being one of Brazil's most successful recording artists, but also as one of the country's most influential. As you can probably imagine then, the concert held on a sleepy Sunday afternoon was absolutely packed!

Vanessa da Mata
On the day of the event a selection of his most popular hits were interpreted by Grammy award winning singer Vanessa da Mata. Midway through the gig though she walked off stage and old video footage of Jobim singing his signature song Garota de Ipanema was played to the thousands in attendance. Tom Jobim wasn't singing this song alone though, he was duetting with Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.

Prior to moving to Brazil, the version sung by Sinatra was the one I was more familiar with. However, the longer I've been here, the more exposure I've had to Jobim’s version. So as each of the singers took turns to sing in their native language, I found myself being intrigued by this collaboration.

 “Listen to Frank Sinatra” said one of my friends a minute into the video. As I turned to look at him I noticed a look of absolute disdain etched into his face. He was not impressed. “Frank Sinatra sounds REALLY shit!” he said, with such a strong emphasis on the word ‘really’ that his opinion sounded so final.  

“Yep” said another of my friends, who affirmed this opinion almost instinctively. As I looked around I noticed that my other friend was also nodding in agreement too; confirming that he also thought Frank sounded ‘REALLY shit’.  Had I not said anything I’m pretty sure everyone would have returned to their zombie-like states to watch the rest of the concert.

“Sorry?” I remarked a little melodramatically, a little bit like when Keanu Reeves tried to sound sincere in The Matrix. 

“Did you just say that you thought Frank Sinatra sounds…shit?”

Of course, I knew the answer to this. I just wanted to hear confirmation.

A young Tom Jobim
“Absolutely” said my friend with an air of superiority, and he was now looking at me like I was a fool for even asking. “Frank Sinatra is just growling (he didn't actually say the word ‘growling’, but from the Exorcist-like noises he was making I’m pretty sure this is what he was getting at), he doesn't sound nearly as good as Jobim”.

“Andrew” he said whilst pointing over to the big screen and almost hitting the woman’s head in front of us.”This is Tom Jobim, one of the greatest singers in the world. Sinatra shouldn't have even tried to sing The Girl From Ipanema with him”.

Now, I’m no big Frank Sinatra fan, but I've always respected him as being one of the all time greats. Of course, I know that Tom Jobim’s version of Garota de Ipanema is for many the definitive, but to hear Sinatra being trashed as if he were Justin Bieber or Will I Am… well this really surprised me!

As the video finished everyone applauded, and Vanessa de Mata reappeared on stage to continue the concert, draped in what looked like a white duvet cover with holes cut out to accommodate her head and arms. No more was said about Frank and Tom until after the concert on the train ride home, where I broached the subject again.

“I’m not saying I don’t like Frank Sinatra” said my friend, “because I do. It’s just that his voice isn't really melodic enough to sing The Girl From Ipanema. Only Tom Jobim can do that well”.

I'm guessing this 'Nothing But The Best' album didn't include
The Girl From Ipanema for the Brazilian version!
The next day in class, I also asked my students for their opinions on the song sung by both artists. Naturally, they unanimously told me that they preferred Jobim’s version. 

“Andrew, the way he sings it is just beautiful” said my first student of the day, before enthusiastically bursting into song. “Olha que coisa mais linda, mais cheia de graca. You see, it’s just more beautiful in Portuguese. It loses something when it’s sung in English. And Andrew, it's a Brazilian song, not an American one”.

In fact, a number of the students I asked that day channeled their inner Glee to sing the first two lines to me, like they WERE actually Tom Jobim!

I guess the reason I wrote the blog is because I’d not really thought about someone’s culture playing such a significant role in the interpretation of music. For me, the English version by Sinatra is the definitive version. Yet over here in the land where Jobim is regarded both so highly and affectionately, it makes sense that his version is appreciated to the extent it is. And got me thinking, is the song more beautiful when Jobim sings it to when Sinatra sings it? Does it sound better in Portuguese? Is Jobim’s version better because it’s the most famous song to have come out of Brazil, and therefore culturally important enough not to have been sung by anyone else other than a Brazilian? Music is so subjective, but I really didn’t think the music of ol’ blue eyes was!