Seeing as how the situation in Brazil is even worse than it was in Sochi, you'd expect there to have been some kind of outcry about it by now. That's exactly what happened in the lead-up to the Sochi games, when various celebrities spoke up to draw attention to the issue. This Out.com article ends with the writer outright expecting the same thing to happen as the calendar moved closer to the opening ceremonies. That was posted on July 5; you'll note that, for the most part, that public outcry has not arrived.
So what does that mean? Do we care less now? Of course not. It's just that when it comes to news, "wacky" shit like dead bodies washing ashore and uninhabitable living facilities where toilet water runs down the walls will almost always take precedence over the important stuff. In the face of all the other insane stories emanating from these Olympics, Brazil's out-of-control homophobia epidemic doesn't stand a chance.
Part Of The Olympic Village Is Built On Top Of A Mass Grave Of African Slaves
Have you seen the movie Poltergeist? Do you remember the plot? If you answered no to either of those questions, heads-up, there are spoilers ahead. Also, that movie came out in the early '80s; if you needed that spoiler alert, you're the problem.
Anyway, about that plot. Basically, a family moves into a home only to find that it's haunted because (surprise!) it was built on top of a Native American graveyard, although I'm sure they still just called them Indians in the movie. It was a pretty brilliant twist, because at the last possible moment, it made the "evil" spirit that had been terrorizing the family just another victim of the real monster, rich white men.
What I'm getting at is this: If the ghost of an African slave fucks somebody up at the Olympic Media Village this year, wait to hear all the facts before you rush to judgment.
Above: The Olympic Media Village (pre-haunting)
You see, Brazil has a long and extremely unfortunate history when it comes to slavery. One heinous enough to more than rival our own. In fact, they were the last country to abolish slavery. The last. Like, out of all of them. In the world. At the height of the slave trade, they were the world's largest importer of African slaves.
So, it should come as no surprise that mass graves filled with African slaves can be found all over Brazil. It should come as even less of a surprise that land developers gave not a single shit about this when it came time to put up buildings to house the throngs of World Cup and Olympics patrons who would soon be converging on their country.
As you've probably guessed from all the buildup here, one of the buildings that was erected, a condominium complex that serves as the Olympic Media Village, was put right on top of one of these graves.
Were people outraged? Yeah, of course they were! Still are, in fact! It's just that, again, there's way too much happening in Rio right now for everything to make headlines. This is just one of those problems that the world won't confront until a corpse literally reaches up through the cement floor of the Olympic swimming pool and drags Michael Phelps to hell. While I admit that would make for fantastic television, I'd much rather there not be structures built on top of where dead people are trying to rest.
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