Depois de Donald Trump e Vladimir Putin, chegou a vez de Jair Bolsonaro ser alvo dos vídeos de protesto do projeto Freedom Kick.
Idealizado pelo coletivo Indecline, a ideia da produção é bastante simples: as cabeças dos líderes com comportamentos considerados ditatoriais são usadas como bola de futebol em uma espécie de metáfora que se relaciona ao “free kick” (“chute livre”), popularmente chamado de cobrança de falta por aqui.
Junto ao vídeo, a conta da iniciativa publica um texto poderoso sobre a situação do Brasil:
Freedom Kick : Brasil
A América Latina tem um histórico com ditadores. Em particular, a Quinta República Brasileira foi conhecida por matar dissidentes. E Jair Bolsonaro é conhecido por seus discursos masturbatórios que destacam seus sonhos molhados de reinstaurar essa política. Ele é ofendido pela homossexualidade, pelo feminismo e pelo socialismo, mas fica todo duro com cada fantasia de violência contra seus oponentes políticos. Mas esses oponentes não são tão rígidos, e eles trazem a alegria e o movimento à sua resistência que transformou brasileiros como Pelé em ícones pelo mundo todo.
No futebol, um chute livre [cobrança de falta] é uma chance de parar o jogo por um momento e compensar uma falta. Na democracia, a liberdade de expressão é a força iluminadora que impede os tiranos de cometerem assassinato e saírem ilesos. Assim como a maioria dos músculos, deve ser exercitada ou irá apodrecer. Déspotas usam o medo para manter suas populações em cheque. Ativistas usam a alegria e o humor para mantê-los engajados. É um jogo velho, e o placar continua mudando, mas todos continuamos jogando.
O Freedom Kick é uma chance para que nós tenhamos um recomeço depois de anos de jogo sujo e conduta anti-desportiva. Ainda que aqueles com poder amem angariar políticas como um jogo, para tantos de nós as apostas são altas demais para brincar. O futebol sempre foi um esforço de equipe, envolvendo a comunidade e a organização, enquanto a ditadura é mais um esporte solo. Como eles dizem, só há uma bola. É uma metáfora perfeita para os nossos chefes de estado. E o nosso trabalho é chutá-la sem misericórdia até que encontremos uma forma de transformar cada um de nossos esforços individuais em uma vitória do time.
Você pode conferir abaixo a produção do Freedom Kick em protesto a Bolsonaro (via Rolling Stone), bem como as anteriores que têm Trump e Putin como alvos, logo abaixo ou no perfil oficial do coletivo de arte no Instagram.
Bolsonaro e Freedom Kick
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Latin America has a history with dictators. In particular, the Fifth Brazilian Republic was known for killing dissidents. And Jair Bolsonaro is known for his masturbatory speeches that outline his wet dreams of reinstating this policy. He is offended by homosexuality, feminism and socialism, but gets a real hard-on with every fantasy of violence against his political opponents. But those opponents aren’t so stiff, and they bring both the joy and movement to their resistance that has made Brazilian’s such as Pele an icon the world over. In soccer, a free kick is a chance to stop play for a moment and redress a foul. In democracy, freedom of speech is the illuminating force that stops tyrants from getting away with murder. Like most muscles, it must be exercised or it will wither away. Despots use fear to keep their populations in line. Activists use joy and humor to keep them engaged. It’s an old game, and the score keeps changing, but we all keep playing. Freedom Kick is a chance for us to reset after years of foul play and unsportsmanlike conduct. Although those with power love to tout politics as a game, for so many the stakes are too high to play around. Football has always been a team effort, involving community and organization, while dictatorship is more of a solo sport. Like they say, there is only one ball. That’s a perfect metaphor for our heads of state. And our job is to kick it mercilessly until we find a way to turn each of our individual efforts into a team victory. INDECLINE x @eugeniomerinoestudio
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Just open up any seventies Playgirl and you can see exactly the fantasy of what masculinity is that Putin embodies so succinctly: A pudgy, square, balding, Russian-bootleg impression of a Martin Scorsese character. It would be a funny parody, except he is actually dangerous. For the Putin installation of our project, we declined going to Russia out of concern for the real consequences that would have been faced by local activists. Russia is an example of the despot at full power, and people disappear without explanation or are poisoned with impunity. He might look like a knock-off, but he is the real deal. This is the future that both the United States and Brazil are facing down, and behind the romance novel covers of a shirtless and stoic man casually riding horses is a trained spy without any moral reservations about applying his KBG training at the national level. It’s important during a contest to have an understanding of what the stakes are, and no character better embodies it than Putin. We should take advantage of the rules, while they still exist. We should play as if our life depends on it, because once the rules are gone, it does. The events of 2020, more than any time in history, have revealed the deep cracks running through the dual influences of capitalism and globalization. The system might not survive the pressure, and we all still have an opportunity to decide what replaces it. Get out and vote. It won’t solve your problems—that takes more concrete and sustained forms of activism, but it is a way of proving you still exist to the powers that would like to silence critical voices by removing them. Remember, it can get worse. Now take your Freedom Kick and drop it in the corner of the net while the referees are still around to hold them accountable. INDECLINE x @eugeniomerinoestudio
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According to Trump’s doctor his health is “astonishing,” which means he should be in decent enough to shape to enjoy a little football, as long as everybody stands for the flag, of course. There is irony in the fact that America’s cartoon dictator finally gets to visit his wall and see what those in Mexico think of it from such an intensely close perspective. It makes for a decent ball stop, although doubtful it slows migration near as much as his belligerent, white supremacy. If America is so much greater during his tenure, how come people don’t seem as enthusiastic about coming over? Based on the athleticism displayed here, it certainly isn’t the wall. Football, with its emphasis on teamwork and collective sacrifice, has always crossed borders with ease, but so have different kinds of ideology. Nationalism is a plague too, and at its outset, it was just as hard to predict its effect on our culture and politics. It spread quietly on the Internet, which means no one was watching to ensure fair play. And now, America is learning the hard way how fragile democracy can be. Freedom Kick is an appeal to the American sense of justice as a match between two opposing teams. The rules are meant to protect us from cheaters. We believe it is time to reset the game, before we have to spend another four years watching a cheeseburger-scarfing, bloviating mess hobble up and down the pitch spreading hate. The game should be beautiful, if nothing else. After all, football is a game of love. Let’s hold our heads of state accountable. Or else they will hold us accountable for our apathy. INDECLINE x @eugeniomerinoestudio