RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Column) It was a spectacularly absurd act of self-sabotage. The Special Secretary of Culture, Roberto Alvim, issued an official statement – in video form – ostensibly to announce the National Arts Award, which echoed a speech by former Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.
As if to reinforce the fascist connection, a portion of the video was accompanied by music from Richard Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin,” a celebrated and formative musical favorite of Adolf Hitler. It’s even possible that Alvim had intentionally curated his appearance, seated in front of the Brazilian flag and an official portrait of . . .