Picture of gay couple kissing irritated homophobic Brazilians

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A photo stand at one of the popular touristic destinations in Brazil included a picture of a gay couple kissing and not everybody was happy about it. Fotográfica is a photography company that offers to take pictures of tourists visiting the Sugarloaf Mountain near Rio de Janeiro, using a green screen to generate different background images. The picture of the gay couple kissing in front of a panoramic view of Rio is one of the many displayed as an example of what the end result may look like, but several people have complained about it. After the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain is the Rio’s second most-visited place attended by more than a million people annually. Brazil’s population is majoritarily Catholic and homosexuality is not a widely-accepted issue, homophobia is unfortunately very rife, so the Fotográfica manager Pedro Lotti displayed a same-sex couple deliberately. Lotti explained that most same-sex couples who visited Sugarloaf were afraid of kissing or holding hands, he wanted to show them that there was nothing for them to be afraid of. The picture however gathered negative comments from visitors. The main reason for their discontent seems to be that children can clearly see the photograph. “They typically complain, specifically, that the photo is in the line of vision for children, and are angry that their kids specifically have seen the photo,” Lotti told the Intercept. He noted that the children’s reactions to the picture depended more on their parents’ reaction than the picture itself.

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