written by Jakeline Laureano
Paulo Gustavo was a famous Brazilian actor, comedian, director and writer. He was a father of 2, a husband, a son, a brother, and a beloved member of every Brazilian family. This is why it’s so difficult for us to accept his passing.
He was stricken with Covid-19 on the 4th of May 2021. Although he could afford the best treatment, he couldn’t overcome the impact of the disease on his body. This is how severe this illness is: it takes away both the poor and the wealthy, and it shows us how little and fragile we are in the face of this evil, democratic infirmity.
Since we have deniers all around ignoring the fact that coronavirus is a serious disease, but those same deniers are also fans of his work, it helped make a change of thought among those people, once they felt the weight of his death to their core.
His death is not good, but it shows how difficult it has been for us to go through this pandemic. After all, we have been losing so many people that we were desperate for his survival.He has become a symbol of how our government hasn’t been doing their best to solve that problem.
In a way, I find him a martyr. He fought against society’s prejudice his entire life using art to create a positive impact on society. He got married to a man when people used to deprive homosexuals of the right to love. He traveled abroad to accomplish the dream of a lifetime to build a family along with his husband, and managed to become a father of 2 beautiful kids through commercial surrogacy (which is impossible in Brazil). This man spent his whole life breaking down the barriers imposed on us by the so-called traditional Brazilian family, and this post is my way of honoring him.
Paulo Gustavo, we miss you very much.