Goebbels told theater directors during the Nazi regime that: "German art of the next decade will be heroic, will be wildly romantic, will be objective and free of sentimentality, will be national with great pathos and equally imperative and binding, or else it will be nothing".
"It is an unfortunate pronouncement, even with his apologies, making his tenure unsustainable", Bolsonaro tweeted Friday. The right-wing Bolsonaro has been criticized for cutting funding to the arts and insisting on a conservative agenda for the country's direction.
The footage shared on the official social media channel on Thursday featured Alvim promoting the National Arts Award using adjectives and phrases coined by Goebbels to promote German culture, reports Efe news.
Alvim made mention in his video that a $4.8 million prize fund will be set aside for theatre, opera, art, music exhibitions, and prioritizing conservative and religious themes.More news: Facts About Alyssa Nakken, the First Female Coach in MLB History
"I reiterate our rejection of totalitarian and genocidal ideologies, such as Nazism and communism, as well as any inference to them". The leftist Workers' Party governed Brazil for 13 years until President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in 2016.
Alvim apologized on Facebook for what he said was an "unintentional error".
"The virtues of faith, loyalty, self-denial and the fight against evil will be elevated in the sacred territory of works of art", said Alvim.
"When culture is sickened, people become sick as well", he claimed in a video clip tape-recorded along with the head of state, which was relayed prior to the one that attracted dispute. The two announced a complete "clean-up" of kids' school textbooks.More news: Joby Aviation Partners With Toyota On Air Taxi Development
For Claudia Costin, a former education secretary in Rio de Janeiro and former senior director for education at the World Bank, the culture wars are a waste of precious time.
"How can a Brazilian, the result of one of the most diverse communities in the world, pose as a Nazi?" the centre-right Brazilian Social Democracy wondered on social media. "All this is a distraction from what really needs to be done".
She stressed that the campaign is complementary to existing methods of contraception.
While lacking status as a ministry, Brazil's culture secretary oversees the nation's culture and entertainment and provides millions of reais in financing to projects in those areas. "Roberto has been using the stage as a means of representing chaotic darkness, which is structured through the power of the word", an online biography for Alvim reads. "It was a positive test. Others must come".More news: Tough love for Amazon's Bezos in India