If you thought isht was real over here just listen to the latest news out of Brazil where Sony has been ordered to pay some $656,000 in damages over a song “Veja Os Cabelos Dela (Look At Her Hair)”!

Sony Music has been ordered to pay $1.2 million (equivalent to about $656,000 in American dollars) in retroactive compensation back to 1997 for the release of the song “Veja os Cabelos Dela (Look at Her Hair)” by the Brazilian singer, comedian and politician Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva whose stage name is Tiririca.

The lyrics not only liken a black woman’s hair to “a scouring pad for pots and pans,” but also calls her a “stinking beast.” Oy!

The lawsuit was brought forth by 10 non-governmental organizations that fight against racism. Humberto Adami, the defense attorney of the NGOs, argued that black women were offended, exposed to ridicule and felt violated due to the lyrical content of the song.

“This decision is a direct message to show how the issue of racial inequality should be treated. It is a moment to celebrate. The compensation won’t even go to the authors of the lawsuit. The money will go to the Diffused Rights Fund of the Ministry of Justice,” commented Adami.

Adami claims that the damages paid in the suit are the highest ever paid for compensation of a racist act in Brazil.

A representative for Sony maintained that the song was not intended to offend women and that Tiririca was in fact alluding to his wife in the song and that the terminology used in the song are used by Brazilians in reference to not only black women but white women as well.

Well that’s one way to affect change—hit racist people right in their pockets! You have to check out the lyrics below…

The song lyrics in Portuguese and English:

Veja veja veja veja veja os cabelos dela (4x)

(Look look look look look at her hair (4x)

Parece bom-bril*, de ariá panela

(It looks like a scouring pad for pots and pans)

Parece bom-bril, de ariá panela

(It looks like a scouring pad for pots and pans)

Quando ela passa, me chama atenção

(When she goes by, she catches my attention)

Mas os seus cabelos, não tem jeito não

(But her hair just isn’t right)

A sua catinga quase me desmaiou

(Her stench almost made me faint)

Olha eu não aguento, é grande o seu fedor

(Look, I can’t take it, her smell is so bad)

Veja veja veja veja veja os cabelos dela

(Look look look look look at her hair)

Parece bom-bril, de ariá panela (2x)

(It looks like a scouring pad for pots and pans) (2x)

Eu já mandei, ela se lavar

(I told her to take a bath)

Mas ela teimo, e não quis me escutar

(But she’s stubborn and doesn’t listen to me)

Essa nega fede, fede de lascar

(This black woman stinks, she stinks horribly)

Bicha fedorenta, fede mais que gambá

(Stinking beast, smells worse than a skunk)

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  • Anonymous

    I remember reading about this row (and plenty of diversity training for everyone in the state, who was white) when a student called or called out his window the name water buffalo to a group of girls who had offended him. The main charge was racism so several of the girls must have been black. 

    • Anonymous

      http://www.nytimes.com/1997/09/10/us/water-buffalo-lawsuit-settled-by-penn-graduate.html?src=pm

      ‘Water Buffalo’ Lawsuit Settled by Penn Graduate
      Published: September 10, 1997

      A University of Pennsylvania graduate, who as a freshman in 1993 called a group of black women ”water buffalo” and was then briefly charged with racial harassment, has settled his emotional-distress lawsuit against the university.

      The $50,000 suit, filed by the graduate, Eden Jacobowitz, in February 1996, said university officials had conspired with the five women to pursue racial harassment charges against him that they knew were false.

      Penn admitted no wrongdoing and paid Mr. Jacobowitz nothing in settling the suit, said the university general counsel, Shelley Green. The university did pay Mr. Jacobowitz’s lawyer, Edward Rubenstone, ”under $10,000” to cover part of his expenses, Ms. Green said.

      Mr. Jacobowitz, who is white, leaned out his dormitory window in January 1993 and yelled at the women, who were interrupting his studying: ”Shut up, you water buffalo. If you’re looking for a party, there’s a zoo a mile from here.

      ”The women charged Mr. Jacobowitz with racial harassment under the university’s hate-speech policy. Mr. Jacobowitz insisted that his comment was not racist, and that ”water buffalo” was a rough translation of a Hebrew word for ”foolish person.”

  • Anonymous

    Here in America, Black rappers can call Black women, the most degrading terms and get rich.

    • BJ

      Like they don’t call White women degrading names?  As far as that goes the black women also call White women degrading names.

      • Anonymous

        True but the story was just about Black women, not women in general. It’s hard to have respect for anyone, if you don’t have an respect for yourself.

    • Anonymous

      true, you’d think constantly referring to women as female dogs and whores  would be more offensive than saying they have bad hair.

  • I think that the reason why this is so offensive to Black women is because I have never seen a song describe Black women’s hair as good for scrubbing pots and pans. I have heard black hair called nappy and ugly but this is a new one for me.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Why are black women complaining about the song’s lyrics?

      They must agree with them considering 99%  of them hate their own nappy hair and spend megabucks to “relax” their hair or hide it behind wigs and weaves.

      • Many of them are paying the price for all the relaxing and weaving with hair loss. In fact, I have read that at least 30% of Black women are wearing natural hair such as afros, braids and locs.

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree that it is insulting.  But I think it is more about the money.  Notice how minorities are always looking for something to be offend about so they can get paid off. I see a lot of things that I feel are insulting to white heterosexual Christian males, but we never play the victim card and sue people, If we acted like minorities, we would just be laughed at.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. If there wasn’t a market for this type of crap, Sony and others wouldn’t be producing it. Bottom like there is only one color, green.

  • Anonymous

    ”  I do hope that some of the funds went to pay for the college tuition of the good reverend’s illegitimate children.”

    LOL. Fat chance of that.

  • It is hereby decreed by the United Nations that comedy, and anything deemed to be such, is hate speech, and therefore illegal.

    Signed,
    Secretary General

  • To Everyone:
     Although it’s obvious, this song was meant to be satire; however, it’s ironic given the fact that
    Brazil is mostly a non-white society with a huge black/mulatto population and presence. This is  just something to ponder about. Thanks!!

  • Anonymous

    Can we export Jessie Jackson to Brazil?