Bolsonaro makes former soap star Brazil’s new culture secretary

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01/30/2020

A former soap opera star, Regina Duarte, has agreed to become Brazil’s culture secretary, replacing the previous secretary who was fired for giving a speech that used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Duarte, well-known from her television roles in the 1970s and 80s, is entering a heated culture war between Brazil’s artistic community and the far-right Bolsonaro. Breaking from the traditionally leftist celebrity class in Brazil, she has long supported centre-right parties and backed Bolsonaros 2018 election campaign. Bolsonaro’s first culture secretary, Henrique Pires, left after the government cut funding for LGBT-themed films, accusing the administration of discrimination.

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