Bolsonaro’s Bizarre Agency Appointments Ignite Brazil’s Culture Wars

In recent weeks, President Bolsonaro has turned his attention to appointing unqualified persons to positions at the head of Brazil’s cultural institutions. The results have been nothing short of bizarre.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Directorships of public agencies have long been treated as patronage appointments in Brazil; one of the perks of attaining office. As such they represent an opportunity for an incoming President to reward their loyal supporters with plum positions and to exert some influence, in this case, on the broader national trajectory of culture and the arts.

In the new Bolsonaro administration, several Ministerial appointments, and now key directorships in the cultural sphere . . .

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