Gisele Bündchen is a 'bad Brazilian' for criticizing new President Jair Bolsonaro, minister says

Mail Online | 1/15/2019 | Ariel Zilber For;Associated Press
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Brazil’s newly installed far-right government says one of the country’s most famous exports, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, is sullying her homeland’s image.

Tereza Cristina Dias, Brazil’s new Agriculture Minister under freshly elected President Jair Bolsonaro, called the former Victoria’s Secret Angel a ‘bad Brazilian’ because of her activism on behalf of the environment.

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Dias reacted on Monday to Bündchen’s criticism of the government’s plan to undo their predecessors’ efforts to protect the Amazon rainforest.

‘It’s absurd what they do today with the image of Brazil,’ Dias was quoted by The Guardian as telling a conservative radio station in Brazil.

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‘For some reason they go out and paint a picture of Brazil and its industries that is not true.

‘Sorry, Gisele Bündchen,’ she continued.

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Dias later wrote on Twitter that she would invite Bündchen to serve as an 'ambassador for Brazil.'

'I said that Gisele Bündchen could be an ambassador for Brazil to show that we produce agriculture for the world while preserving the environment,' the Minister wrote on Twitter.

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'The model will soon receive our invitation.'

Bündchen has used her fame to advocate for environmental causes for years.

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Shortly after Bolsonaro won the presidential election on October 7, he made clear his new administration would roll back protections for indigenous peoples and the Amazon rainforest.

In years past, Brazil’s government funded two federal agencies whose job was to protect the Amazon from deforestation and commercial logging and to preserve the rights of indigenous peoples, many of whom live in the rainforest.

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Bolsonaro, who has said he wants to expand mining rights in the Amazon, announced his plan to merge the ministries of agriculture and environment, a move bitterly attacked by critics who say it will result...
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