VOTERS the world over complain about having clowns for politicians, but Brazilians embraced the idea on Sunday by sending a real one to Congress with more votes than any other candidate.
Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva, better known by his clown name Tiririca, received more than 1,3 million votes in Sao Paulo state in Brazil’s presidential and congressional elections. That was more than double the votes of the second-placed candidate in Brazil’s most populous state.
Tiririca caught the attention of disillusioned voters by asking for their support with the humorous slogan: “It can’t get any worse” and a promise to do nothing more in Congress than report back to them on how politicians spend their time.
“What does a congressman do? The truth is I don’t know, but vote for me and I’ll tell you,” the 45-year-old said in his campaign advertisements.
The clown, whose stage name means “grumpy,” usually appears in public wearing a blond wig, a red hat and a garish outfit.
He survived a last-minute attempt by public prosecutors to bar him from running because of evidence that he is illiterate.
His candidacy may not have been as spontaneous or innocent as it might appear. .— Reuters.
A JUDGE from the US village of Intercourse has been charged — after handing out condoms hidden inside acorns.
Isaac Stoltzfus, 58, was charged with disorderly conduct after two women complained to police, reports the Patriot-News.
He was reportedly handing out hollowed out acorns containing condoms to passers-by outside the state capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “An individual was handing out acorns to some women who were offended when they discovered the contents in the acorn included a condom,” said Edward Myslewicz, a spokesman for the department of general services.
Police say Stoltzfus, who lives and works in Intercourse, told them it was a joke. He could be fined or disciplined by the state’s Judicial Conduct Board.
Intercourse is a popular destination for tourists because of its location in Pennsylvania’s Amish country. The movie Witness was filmed there.— Orange news.
CHARITY SEX LINE
THE telephone number pasted on boxes of cereal named for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was supposed to be for a charity — but mistakenly directed callers to a sex line, the player’s agent said on Thursday.
“The wrong number was given by the Feed the Children charity,” Ochocinco’s agent Robert Bailey said. “It’s a shame because it’s a good cause.”
The outspoken Ochocinco said he was confident the mistake would be corrected by PBL Sports, the marketing company behind “Ochocincos” cereal.
A portion of the US$5 price of each box goes to the Feed The Children organisation, according to PBL’s website.— Reuters.
DRAMA BECOMES REAL
WEST End actor David Birrell was injured during a London performance over the weekend and taken to hospital when a faulty replica stage gun misfired, sending debris into his eye.
The Donmar Warehouse, where Birrell was acting in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, said on Monday the actor was recovering in hospital and was “in good spirits”.
The accident occurred during the duel scene in Passion, in which Birrell plays Colonel Ricci.
The Donmar said the show would be cancelled and the theatre “hoped to resume performances later”. — Orange news.