AFRICANGLOBE – Shocked television viewers in Brazil are coming to terms with a primetime adaption of the popular US series Sex And The City which has been given the controversial title ‘Sexo e as Negas’, translating as ‘Sex and the N**gaz’.
The highly contentious show that airs on Brazil’s TV Channel Globo has garnered widespread criticism for its portrayal of four Black female characters, who form the main focus of the series.
Written by Miguel Fallabella, a well-known actor, writer and director in Brazil, the show is a direct adaptation of the global hit series Sex And The City which tells the stories of four New York women aiming to find love and success in their personal and professional lives.
However the Brazilian version has swapped the White New Yorkers for Black women and its narrative has been blasted as sexist and racist with characters who “do not represent” Black women, according to Blogueiras Negras, a Brazilian blog written by Black women.
Starring actresses Karin Hils, Corina Sabbas, Lillian Valeska and Maria Bia, the creators of the series have been on the defensive after facing a backlash over its depiction of Black women.
In response to claims that his series was racist, Fallabella reportedly wrote on Facebook: “Oh! n**gaz… give me a break”. He is also reported to have said the negative reaction to the TV programme was down to viewers lacking intelligence.
In an open letter to the show’s writer, the bloggers of Blogueiras Negras said: “Your work, with a view to making financial profit, does little to create the dignified visibility of Black women.
“It does the opposite. As is common in literature and dramaturgy made by White people about Black people, we are treated as exotic study cases; people to be manipulated and observed.”
It added: “Your work amounts to “negrismo” – racist parody.
“For us, this is about a counter-hegemonic visibility, with the power to transform the ways we are represented in the next soap opera, and the next mini-series. Without this transformation, nothing will change. The Black woman will be nothing more than a stereotype to entertain.”
Campaigners against the show’s narrative and characterisation have launched online petitions over social media urging a boycott of the show and TV network.
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