Anitta sided with Brazil’s presidential election that could shake voters – Billboard

With less than three months to go until the next presidential election in her country, megastar Anitta has officially announced her support for Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a former leftist president of Brazil who is leading the way. in the polls against incumbent far-right Jair Bolsonaro.

Anitta announced her stance on Twitter on Monday (July 11), two days after a leftist official in favor of da Silva, the Workers’ Party candidate who is better known as Lula, was brutally murdered by a Bolsonaro supporter in the state during his own birthday party. of Paraná in the south of the country.

“If there are no murders involved… then I have to say the stupidity of these people is almost laughable. But it’s not. It’s scary,” Anitta tweetedrefer Bolsonaro supporters.

“I am not a supporter of the Workers’ Party and I have never been a supporter of the Party,” she added in one separate tweets, has generated more than 32,000 retweets and more than 347,000 likes. “But, this year, I’m with Lula, and anyone who wants my help to make him explode on the Internet, on Tik Tok, on Twitter, on Instagram, ask me. If what you’re asking for isn’t against election law, I’ll do it.”

With over 100 million followers on her social media platforms (including 63 million on Instagram), Anitta is arguably the most popular artist from Brazil and ranks among the most followed. most followed in the global music industry – showing her genuine support for Lula’s candidacy.

Her level of influence reached a new baseline on Tuesday (July 12): Just a day after she supported Lula’s candidacy, the singer… Honored by Guinness World Records for becoming the first Latin solo artist – and the first Brazilian artist – to hit #1 on the global Spotify chart (with the Spanish-language single “Envolver”).

Anitta – once an artist who evaded her support after a particular candidate – can help influence Brazilians who have not chosen a candidate or consider themselves apolitical, especially if she recruits. use other famous names for the purpose, say Leila Guimarãesa political and digital marketing expert from Rio de Janeiro.

“The impact of this movement could have been greater if Anitta’s fellow artists and their fans had joined her campaign in support of Lula,” Guimarães said.

Anitta has long been a political critic of Bolsonaro on her social media accounts. In one of her previous tweets, she claimed to have spent hours talking to Leonardo DiCaprio about the importance of encouraging 16-year-olds to register to vote to defeat the current president. During the pandemic, as she said Billboards Earlier this year, the singer immersed herself in learning about Brazilian politics and history and even enlisted her friend Gabriela Prioli, a criminal lawyer and political commentator, to broadcast mainstream education classes. through Anitta’s Instagram account.

But the homegrown superstar’s public campaigning for Bolsonaro’s strongest rival is new, and it has stirred reactions from both politically divided camps in the so-called presidential race. most polarizing in decades.

On Monday, Lula responded to Anitta’s Twitter post by saying, “Let’s ‘link’ Brazil together!” – a pun on the title single “Envolver” by Anitta. Then on Wednesday, he posted a video on the social media platform, in which he said, “We’re going to have to fight a lot. But now, I have Anitta backing me up,” while he moved his hips to allude to Anitta’s famous “Envolver” jump.

On the other end of the political spectrum, Bolsonaro supporters have created the hashtag #AnittaApoiaOCrime (“Anitta pro-crime”) to criticize the singer’s pro-Lula stance that, they say, would make her commit a crime. guilty of supporting a corrupt candidate.

The Workers’ Party was embroiled in a major political scandal that began in 2014 involving the indictments of dozens of high-ranking politicians and businessmen following an extensive investigation into allegations that millions of dollars were returns to officials of Petrobras, Brazil’s majority state-owned oil company, and to politicians mostly from the party. (The massive plan came to light when Dilma Rousseff, Lula’s successor and former Chief of Staff, was president.)

Lula, who left office at the end of 2010 as one of the most famous politicians in Brazilian history, was convicted in 2017 of money laundering and corruption charges in a controversial trial. . He was sentenced to 9 and a half years in prison and eventually spent 580 days in prison.

“Anitta, go see a psychologist, you must have very serious self-esteem issues. … You don’t take yourself seriously, and now you support a criminal,” said Carla Zambelli, Deputy Federal Minister from São Paulo and fervent Bolsonaro supporter, say on Twitter Monday.

Bolsonaro himself has also commented on Anitta’s support of his political opponent. In a speech to journalists on July 14, the president openly commented on the singer’s pro-Lula stance and criticized her Instagram live stream on Tuesday, in which she asked Lula to fight for the legalization of marijuana in Brazil.

“I saw Anitta say to Lula: “I am giving you a huge support, Lula, come on, legalize weed”… This is Anitta who has a strong influence on young people,” Bolsonaro said. He also accused Lula of wanting to “take control of social media” and said the singer “could be helping pick a guy who wants to take your freedom away. I am guaranteeing your freedom”. Anitta sided with Brazil’s presidential election that could shake voters – Billboard

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