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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.

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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.

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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."

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.

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Soon, other soccer players, like retired Brazilian soccer star Roberto Carlos, added their names in solidarity. Carlos has been the target of racist banana throwing before.

Even Roberto Carlos ! #BananaParty #weareallmonkeys #SayNoToRacism

RIP Tito@Nikomarvel

Even Roberto Carlos ! #BananaParty #weareallmonkeys #SayNoToRacism

07:37 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Belgian soccer player Dries Mertens also took part.

Great reaction by Dani Alves. Respect! #weareallmonkeys #SayNoToRacism

Dries Mertens@dries_mertens14

Great reaction by Dani Alves. Respect! #weareallmonkeys #SayNoToRacism

08:06 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So did these Belgian soccer players, Nacer Chadli and Mousa Sidi Yaya Dembele.

Chadli and Dembele joined the movement. #weareallmonkeys #saynotoracism

R.I.P Tito. J♥@AddictedToBarca

Chadli and Dembele joined the movement.

#weareallmonkeys #saynotoracism

01:20 PM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

These guys also posted a picture.

Oscar, Luiz, Willian show there respect to Dani Alves! #SayNoToRacism

Footy Away Days@FootyAwayDays_

Oscar, Luiz, Willian show there respect to Dani Alves! #SayNoToRacism

10:39 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As did Brazilian soccer star Marta Vieira da Silva, among others.

Aguero has joined the Banana Party !! #SayNoToRacism #weareallmonkeys

RIP Tito@Nikomarvel

Aguero has joined the Banana Party !! #SayNoToRacism #weareallmonkeys

07:33 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

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

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Soon the internet was filled with pictures of people of all colors — and their bananas — using a version of #weareallmonekys and #saynotoracism to criticize the racist sentiment.

Dani Alves getting worldwide support. #somostodosmacacos #weareallmonkeys

Seleção Brasileira@BrazilStats

Dani Alves getting worldwide support. #somostodosmacacos #weareallmonkeys

06:42 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some did not see the point in the internet's satirical appropriation of an innately racist idea. But many others from around the world joined in the online campaign.

#somostodosmacacos #weareallmonkeys support Dani from Indonesia cc: @DaniAlvesD2 @fcbarcelona_id @barcastuff

INDOBARÇA BANGKALAN@INDOBARCA_BKLN

#somostodosmacacos #weareallmonkeys support Dani from Indonesia cc: @DaniAlvesD2 @fcbarcelona_id @barcastuff

11:13 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We are with you Dani Alves... #WeAreAllMonkeys #SayNoToRacism #WeAreAllEqual Unite against racism campaign...

Seigo Touthang@SeigoTouthang

We are with you Dani Alves...
#WeAreAllMonkeys
#SayNoToRacism
#WeAreAllEqual
Unite against racism campaign...

01:24 PM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Spanish Tv presenter eats banana in support of Alves.."I am also a monkey" #SayNoToRacism

emAlves@emanleomessi

Spanish Tv presenter eats banana in support of Alves.."I am also a monkey"
#SayNoToRacism

10:15 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I support you Dani #somostodosmacacos #weareallmonkeys #DaniAlves #wearealldanialves @BrazilStats @neymarjr

itsthaidanifans@itsthaidahifans

I support you Dani👊 #somostodosmacacos #weareallmonkeys #DaniAlves #wearealldanialves @BrazilStats @neymarjr

11:58 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We are all monkeys! Apoio a Daniel Alves! #SayNoToRacism #weareallmonkeys #somostodosmacacos #NaoAoRacismo

Priscila DeBarros@FitMomRun

We are all monkeys! Apoio a Daniel Alves! #SayNoToRacism #weareallmonkeys #somostodosmacacos #NaoAoRacismo

12:00 PM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In support of @DaniAlvesD2 ! Kick racism out! #somostodosmacacos #KickRacismOutOfFootball

Sam x@Sama7_K

In support of @DaniAlvesD2 ! Kick racism out! #somostodosmacacos #KickRacismOutOfFootball

11:27 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

: #weareallmonkeys #saynotoracism #كلنا_قرود #كلنا_سبلان #لا_للعنصرية #الفيش #برشلونة

انجنير صفوان_الوصل@Safwanista

: #weareallmonkeys #saynotoracism #كلنا_قرود #كلنا_سبلان #لا_للعنصرية #الفيش #برشلونة

06:55 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@danid2ois #somostodosmacacos #weareallmonkeys

Cat power.

Boodi doesn't like bananas but he is also taking a stand #weareallmonkeys #somostodosmacacos

Sam x@Sama7_K

Boodi doesn't like bananas but he is also taking a stand #weareallmonkeys #somostodosmacacos

11:46 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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