One of the topics that dominated the debate on social networks in recent days in Brazil, the “CPI do Sertanejo” is not, at least for now, a de facto Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry. However, the investigations initiated by state Public Ministry to investigate possible irregularities in the hiring of artists by the administrations shake the music market in the country. And it all started with a criticism of an intimate tattoo of the singer Anitta, made by the countryman Zé Neto, who is a duo with Cristiano.
It was May 12 when the duo performed in Sorriso (MT). Between one song and another, Zé Neto snapped: “We don’t depend on Lei Rouanet. Our fee is paid by the people. We don’t need to get a tattoo on the ‘toba’ to show if we’re good or bad. We just come here and sings”. The images (and the audio) went viral on social networks, and opened the debate: on the one hand, the supporters of the sertanejo. On the other, those who went to defend the singer.
— Tracklist (@tracklist) May 14, 2022
Despite the criticism of the Rouanet Law, a A survey carried out by UOL two days later already showed that the concert by Zé Neto’s own duo cost R$ 400,000 to the public coffers. With the money paid for other shows at the same event, the amount reached R$ 1 million, according to Portal da Transparência.
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A week later, at a show in Dourados (MS) on May 19, Zé Neto returned to the theme. After part of the public led a chorus offending Anitta – in repercussion of the debate that was already high on social networks, he interrupted the audience and, in an ironic tone, insinuated that those who criticize him do not know the reality of the country.
“Let’s pray for these people and that God open their minds and that they understand (…) May one day come, may one day in life, put on a yellow boot, enter a corral full of shit to separate the cattle, milk, ‘peck’ a calf. And see that the cow doesn’t give milk, you have to go there and get it. The milk you buy in the box doesn’t come pretty from the box, someone took it”
Zé Neto’s audience shouting “Hey anitta
VTNC” and him telling Anitta to put on a boot and go separate the cow. 🗣 pic.twitter.com/ec3sXPs6IL
– KIKIKI DA FAMA (@kikikidafama) May 20, 2022
Another name entered the controversy on the 21st: singer Gusttavo Lima, when he performed in Brasília. During a break in his presentation, an announcer made a questionable speech criticizing what he understands to be “communism” – which, for him, is the opposite of “democracy”. The speaker’s speech further inflamed the polarized moods on the networks, especially among Bolsonaristas who see the ghost of communism as a legitimate culprit for any ill, even if it’s not true.
“In life it’s God, country, family and freedom. Freedom to think, freedom to act, freedom to win, freedom to talk, freedom to be on the internet, freedom of expression, freedom to conquer. And we have to conquer this p *rra. Because Brazil is ours”, shouted the announcer.
The country singer Gusttavo Lima took a stand against communism by performing a show last Saturday, 21, in Brasília. The musician came out in defense of “God, country and family” and added that “communism will never be here”. pic.twitter.com/RMbDEatqNv
— Political Game (@jogopolitico) May 23, 2022
But in a note sent days later to Folha de S. Paulo, Gusttavo Lima’s publicist said that the singer did not influence the speech. “We respect everyone’s political position, regardless of party, and we will not comment further on the matter,” the note summarized.
However, the subject would be discussed again, this time, by the singer himself. In live on Instagram last Monday (30), he said that the criticism is making him close to “throwing in the towel”, without making it clear what that means.
Lima, which already criticized what he calls the “mimimi generation” when he was asked for encouraging agglomerations at the height of the pandemic, he cried when he said he was being criticized a lot. Owner of a BRL 250 million plane and a boat that he bought for BRL 25 million from singer Roberto Carlos, he said he was “a normal worker” and that “he does not condone public money”. However, contradictorily, in the same livemade it clear that he does shows paid with public money.
“If I cost ‘one’, it’s not the city hall that will pay me ‘half’. We all have bills to pay, whether for city hall or for private concerts. I’m a guy who does very few city hall concerts and, when we sometimes someone does something, we are massacred as if we were a bandit, as if we were a thief who was stealing public money”.
Zé Neto, who lit the spark with the criticism of Anitta’s intimate tattoo, commented on Lima’s live. Solidarity, he said that “who has to give satisfaction is me”. He also said that he is “going through a bad phase” and that the situation has “nothing to do” with Lima.
Even though it has “nothing to do with it”, Gusttavo Lima has already felt the effects of the responses to Zé Neto’s criticism of Anitta. The Public Ministry (MP) of Rio de Janeiro opened an investigation into a millionaire contract for a concert by the singer in the city of Magé. The MP from Roraima opened a similar investigation by contract for the singer’s concert in the city of São Luiz, which has 8,000 inhabitants, for R$800,000. And the city hall of Conceição do Mato Dentro (MG) announced the cancellation of the singer’s show, as well as the presentation of the duo Bruno and Marrone.
Journalists and vehicles that cover the day to day of the country music market said that Zé Neto is facing a major crisis, and that behind the scenes he has been harshly criticized by colleagues who are suffering the direct consequences of the criticism. Meanwhile, Anitta spoke for the first time about the case last Sunday (29), in a short message on Twitter: “And I thought I was just getting a tattoo on the ‘tororó'”.
And I thought I was just getting a tattoo in tororó
— Anitta (@Anitta) May 29, 2022
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho and Felipe Mendes