These People Are Posting Selfies With Bananas To Protest Racism In Soccer

After a spectator threw a banana at FC Barcelona’s Dani Alves, fans took to #WeAreAllMonkeys to show their support for him and denounce racism in soccer.

1. Over the weekend, Dani Alves, a Brazilian player with FC Barcelona, became a hero after calmly picking up a banana thrown by a racist fan and eating it — turning a racist gesture all too common on the soccer pitch on its head.

Barcelona beat Villarreal 3-2. Both Barcelona and Villarreal have denounced the act. “I have been in Spain 11 years and it has been the same for 11 years,” Alves told AFP after Sunday’s game. “You have to laugh at these backward people… We are not going to change it, so you have to take it almost as a joke and laugh at them.”

2. Later that day, Alves’ teammate, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, posted this photo of him and his kid, using #somostodosmacacos, or #weareallmonkeys. The mocking appropriation of the racist phrase soon spread online.

8. In Brazil, where Alves is from, celebrities also joined the campaign to satirically belittle the racially charged act of banana throwing. Here’s popular singer Michel Telo taking a selfie with his banana.

9. And popular Brazilian TV presenter Luciano Huck, whose photo received more than 68,600 likes on Instagram.

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