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A Reality Show Built A Trump-Style Wall And People Don't Know How To Feel

While walls have been featured on Big Brother Brasil before, the theme of a Mexican and American side is a new feature on the show.

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TV show Big Brother Brasil is currently six weeks into its 17th season.

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The "American Side" is in the larger and more comfortable part of the house. The side is decorated with a map of the United States and baseball paraphernalia.

When a contestant on the American side tried to make contact with the Mexican side, he heard the following: "Look at the gunmen, do not come near the wall."

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The existence of the wall lead to housemates discussing their beliefs about Mexico.

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– "What do you think Mexico is like? Is it good or bad?"

– "It's not better than the United States."

– "Wherever they sleep must be kind of questionable. Less like a bed and more like a sleeping bag."

Reaction on social media to the wall was mixed. The host of the show, Tiago Leifert, was super excited about the reveal.

VAMOS CONSTRUIR UM GRANDE MURO NA CASA DO BBB. GRANDE MURO! MUITO MUITO GRANDE! NINGUÉM FAZ MUROS MELHOR QUE O BBB!

"LET'S BUILD A GREAT WALL IN THE BBB HOUSE. GREAT WALL! VERY VERY BIG! NOBODY MAKES WALLS BETTER THAN BBB!"

Some people on Twitter loved the drama the wall created, ignoring the Trump issue.

Eu emploro produção deixa o muro! Mas tira o daniel do lado mexicano. #FicaMuro #FicaEmily #BBB17

"I hope production keeps the wall! But take Daniel [a contestant] to the Mexican side."

Sabe pq essa festa tá maravilhosa? Pq tá sem aqueles olhares horríveis,sem aquela vibe negativa perto deles! DEIXA O MURO ATÉ A FINAL #BBB17

"Do you know why this party is amazing? Because it doesn't have those terrible side-eyes, that negative vibe near them! LEAVE THE WALL UNTIL THE END #BBB17"

Others seemed appalled by the idea.

Até o Big Brother Brasil faz piada sobre o muro do Trump 😱

"Even Big Brother Brasil jokes about the Trump wall."

Teve muro! Big Brother Brasil coloca muro do "México" para dividir a casa. 😱

"There was a wall! Big Brother Brasil put a 'Mexico' wall to divide the house."

The border between Mexico and the United States has been previously discussed in by Brazilian media — in November, a Brazilian family launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring their son Jefferson Oliveira's body back to Brazil after he died while trying to cross into the US.

This post was translated from Portuguese.

Davi Rocha é redator do BuzzFeed em São Paulo

Contact Davi Rocha at davi.rocha@buzzfeed.com.

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rachael Krishna at rachael.krishna@buzzfeed.com.

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