Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves. -- AFP
People all over the world are showing their support for an unofficial anti-racism campaign by taking selfies with bananas.
Brazillian footballer Dani Alves has just become one of social medias biggest stars. The Barcelona defender has unwittingly turned the very normal act of eating a banana into a worldwide unofficial anti-racism campaign on the Internet.
Of course, there’s more to the banana-eating story than that. Last Sunday, during the second half of a football match between Barcelona and Villarreal, a spectator threw a banana at Alves while he was preparing to take a corner kick. Instead of making a big fuss about it, Alves calmly took the banana, peeled and ate it – #win! – before continuing with the game.
(FYI: The act of throwing a banana at someone who is of African descent denotes racism which, unfortunately, is still rampant today. )
Alves, 30, later said (via Sky News): “We have suffered this in Spain for some time. You have to take it with a dose of humour. We aren’t going to change things easily. If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective.”
The footballer’s awesome #pwn moment on the pitch is now seen as a symbol of defiance, which prompted his Barcelona and Brazil teammate Neymar to post a picture of himself and his son, holding bananas (well, his son held a toy banana), shortly after the game.
That then sparked a positive movement online with other football stars, fans, celebrities and everyone else around the world putting up pictures of themselves with a banana, and tagging the posts #WeAreAllMonkeys or #SomosTodosMacacos on social media sites.
Here are some of them: