Brazilian clown Tiririca becomes a congressman
I recently read a very interesting article about a Brazilian clown who became a congressman in 2010 in Brazil, and was recently named one of the top 25 Brazilian politicians. (Thanks to Jim Moore Â of VaudevisualsÂ for posting something about him on Facebook)
The clown,Â Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silvaâ€”better known by his clown name Tiririca (Grumpy), Â ran in 2010Â after being invited by theÂ Brazilian Republic Party. He appeared in television ads in his Tiririca persona and used slogans including “O que Ã© que faz um deputado federal? Na realidade, eu nÃ£o sei. Mas vote em mim que eu te conto” (“What does a federal congressman do? I really don’t knowÂ â€“ but if you vote for me, I’ll tell ya”), “Pior que estÃ¡ nÃ£o fica, vote no Tiririca” (“It can’t get any worse, vote Tiririca”) and even “Se eleito prometo ajudar todas as famÃlias brasileiras…especialmente a minha” (“If elected I promise I will help all Brazilian families… especially mine”). Â This caused a scandal in Brazil, but ultimately, he was elected with the second-most number of votes in Brazilian history. Â There were also some questions about his literacy, but ultimately he passed the required test, barely.
Read more about him here:
And here’s a few of his Congressional ads (subtitled)