Everyone has heard about the protests in Brazil in advance of the 2014 World Cup. It has been a major talking point for many people in advance of the World Cup, however protests tend to often be sensationalized by the media, both in good and bad ways. I wondered how people really felt, so I tried to look for as much street art as possible while I was there to get a better feel for how the people of Brazil really felt via graffiti/street art. I figured it would be a better representation of the people.
Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera everywhere, so this is just a small sample. The most consistent was just ‘FUCK FIFA’, which we saw often. Simple, direct, and to the point. Not really a surprise and often truly appropriate and poignant.
Most of the other art we saw focused on what people felt like Brazil was trading to host the World Cup, spending on stadiums instead of on education, hospitals, schools, transportation, and other infrastructure.
The fact that you couldn’t eat soccer was a prevalent theme. The cost of the World Cup is something to always be considered, especially in nations where putting the money to different use could benefit them in a much greater fashion than a month of soccer. Not everything we saw was negative though, as people were certainly behind Brazil.
Overall the message was consistently more negative and anti-FIFA and World Cup than it was positive. Not a lot of love for FIFA in Brazil.
There was the call for ‘Mais Amor Por Favor’ or More Love, Please. Certainly a message we can all agree on, no matter what country we support or how we feel about FIFA, Brazil, the World Cup, or Arjen Robben’s terrible diving. Also, some bonus Mona Lisa twerking for your viewing pleasure. Or something.