Claudia Rai, a famous 56yearold Brazilian actress, gave birth to her third child, Luca, last Saturday, February 11, the first with her husband Jarbas Homem de Mello. The news was greeted with enthusiasm by the family, who shared their joy at the baby’s arrival on social media.
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However, the opportunity was taken to attack the actress on social networks, citing the Rouanet law. Claudia Raia was authorized by the Rouanet Act to raise BRL 5 million for the production of two shows she directed.
Critics claimed that the actress does not need this money, since she is already established in her career. So far, she has not commented on the criticism received. “He was born with R$ 5 million from the Rouanet law,” said one netizen in a critical tone.
Controversy surrounds the birth of the actress’ son
The controversy surrounding Claudia Raia and the Rouanet law now seems to have spread to the birth of her son. After the actress shared the news on social networks, some rightwingers took the opportunity to attack her again, implying that the baby was born rich and benefited from the tax incentive law.
However, it is important to clarify that the Rouanet Law is a tool to promote culture and is not intended to enrich already established artists. The project approved for Claudia Raia had the purpose of creating two theatrical performances and a training activity for actors.
In addition, radicals were heavily criticized for attacking the actress, as one cannot use the birth of a child as an excuse to attack a person for their political beliefs. It’s important to remember that motherhood is a time of celebration and happiness, regardless of other issues.
How the Rouanet law works
The Rouanet Law is a tax incentive mechanism created in 1991 to stimulate cultural production in Brazil. It allows companies and individuals to use part of their income tax to fund cultural projects approved by the Ministry of Culture.
The main objective of the law is to democratize access to culture and to promote artistic production, as well as to encourage the formation of an audience and the preservation of Brazilian cultural heritage.
In order to participate in the program, advocates must present cultural projects that fall within one of the categories defined by law, such as performing arts, audiovisual media, music, literature, cultural heritage, among others. The projects are evaluated by a commission composed of experts from the cultural sector and the Ministry of Culture, who analyze the feasibility, relevance and quality of the project.
If the project is approved, the sponsors can invest in exchange for a tax deduction from income tax. Natural persons can deduct up to 6% of the tax owed and legal persons up to 4%. The maximum amount that a project can raise is R$10 million.
However, the Rouanet law is constantly the subject of criticism and controversy. Many question the distribution of resources and the quality of the funded projects. In addition, the law is often the target of political attacks, as was the case recently with the actress Claudia Raia, who had a project approved and was criticized.