Brazil’s President has expressed horror over the alleged 1,000 penis amputations that occur each year in the South American country due to a lack of basic hygiene.
Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain, called the figure ‘ridiculous and sad’ in a press conference in Brasilia after visiting the Education Ministry.
He said his government must start to work with vulnerable men to make them more aware of the potential dangers of being unhygienic.
Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain, called the figure ‘ridiculous and sad’ in a press conference in Brasilia after visiting the Education Ministry
‘In Brazil, we have 1,000 penis amputations a year due to a lack of water and soap,’ he said. ‘We have to find a way to get out of the bottom of this hole.’
Bolsonaro did not specify the source of the number, however, it has been quoted in local news magazines as far back as 2017.
A spokeswoman for the Brazilian Urology Society said the figure is based on official data for penis amputations.
The society said the amputations were necessitated by untreatable infections along with cancers and complications from HIV.
Bolsonaro is celebrated by his supporters for being a ‘man’s man’, but he has sparked outrage following years of racist and homophobic comments.
He once told a female lawmaker she was too ugly to rape, and said the birth of his daughter, after siring four sons, was a ‘moment of weakness.’
It is not the first time he has waded into sensitive topics.
In March, he made global headlines after tweeting a video showing one man urinating on another during Brazil’s massive annual street carnival.
‘What is a golden shower?’ Bolsonaro tweeted the day after posting the video, in which a barely dressed party-goer writhes atop a bus shelter, plays with his behind, and then bends over before another man urinates on his head.
Critics say Bolsonaro’s often-incendiary tweets show he is more focused on riling his progressive critics than building consensus in Congress for necessary reforms, such as an overhaul of the country’s budget-busting pension system.