The son of Brazil’s far-right President says he has been banned from popular streaming platform Twitch for hate speech after claiming the COVID-19 pandemic was “just a little flu”.
Jair Renan Bolsonaro, 22, son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, says he was banned after the controversial comments which included him saying he would rather “die having sex than die coughing”.
In a live video on Twitch, where he had over 50,000 followers, Renan said: “We are going out in the street in the pandemic, okay? I mean, what pandemic? That right there is a media story to keep you at home, so you think the world is ending.
“It’s just a little flu for f*ck’s sake. I caught it and it passed.[…] I’d rather die having sex than coughing.”
Renan, who is Bolsonaro’s youngest son, later wrote on Twitter that he had been banned from Twitch, writing: “Interesting that social media keeps profiles who clearly disseminate misandry (hate, contempt or prejudice against men or boys), but they won’t put up with a joke, no matter how heavy it was.”
Renan’s message was coupled with a screenshot seemingly showing that his content had been removed from Twitch along with an image showing the communist hammer and sickle next to the company’s logo.
Renan, 22, appears to be following in his father’s footsteps after the Brazilian leader was widely criticised for downplaying the COVID-19 crisis in recent weeks and regularly breaching social distancing guidelines in public.
The president has regularly made visits to bakeries, pharmacies and even protests while insisting that the virus is nothing to worry about.
Meanwhile, he even sacked the country’s now former Health Minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who dared to criticise his actions during the ongoing pandemic.
Twitch said in a statement: “In accordance with our code of conduct regarding hate, Renan Bolsonaro was temporarily suspended from Twitch for comments made on his stream and the content was removed.”
Brazil has been the worst-hit country in Latin America by COVID-19, suffering 108,620 cases and 7,394 deaths, according to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University.
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