Published on 02/01/2023 20:16
Rio Imperatriz Leopoldinense spoke this Monday after Antonia Fontenelle slammed the federation’s old guard when she commented on Janja’s look at Luis Inácio Lula da Silva’s inauguration last Sunday. In a note, the samba school invited the first lady to be godmother of the grand piano at this year’s parade.
“The unfounded attacks by those who do not know the history of the carnival do not only affect our association, but above all our community, fans, components and consequently the entire world of samba. We demand respect for our sixtythree years of history in favor of Brazilian folk art and culture,” the statement said.
The school of Ramos also announced that it had asked Riotur to prevent Fontenelle from being accredited for “any purpose or function in the samba school parades”. In an official letter, the group defends that “their lack of decency towards one group affects everyone else on the show”. The document was signed by Cátia Drumond, Executive President of Imperatriz Leopoldinense.
The samba school Unidos da Tijuca spoke out in favor of Imperatriz after the fallout and rejected Antonia’s attacks: “Imperatriz Leopoldinense, holder of eight carnival titles in Rio, is one of the pillars of the cultural movement that moves Rio de Janeiro and the whole world. It was a pioneer when it created the culture department in 1967, with the idea of welcoming future artists and helping them germinate from this movement, which is extremely important for our country. We at Unidos da Tijuca reject the offenses. We wanted to leave our support and affirm that together we fight for respect for our movement.
Last Sunday, Antonia Fontenelle caused controversy by quoting Imperatriz Leopoldinense in a video that criticized the look Janja chose at the inauguration of Luis Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) as President of the Republic. Taking to Instagram Stories, the presenter compared the first lady’s outfit to oldschool Ramos school. “It’s an apathetic school, it doesn’t stink or smell, you know? It’s not the old guard of Mangueira, Mocidade or Grande Rio, it’s Imperatriz Leopoldinense. By God …” said the influencer while she Ceremony watched on TV.