Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Samba Queen Scandal for Rio's 2010 Carnival

Seeing as it's Mardi Gras season, I figured it would be appropriate to share this news scandal in Latin America's Carnival capital, Rio de Janeiro.

A seven-year-old girl, Julia Lira, was named queen of Viradoura Samba School - a title traditionally given to an older woman because of its sexual overtones. This has caused quite a stir among Brazilians and also the international community and is possibly going to court with the help of children's rights groups. Julia's father sees nothing wrong with her participation and is fighting to keep her in the parade.

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