GZERO Media logo

Your Mom's a Tchutchuca!

Your Mom's a Tchutchuca!

Things in Brazil's Congress nearly came to blows Thursday evening when, during a debate on pension reform, a deputy called Economy Minister Paulo Guedes a "tchutchuca," to which the minister responded, "your mom and grandmother are tchutchucas!" The session was abruptly closed before things went off the rails.

What's going on here? A tchutchuca, in Brazilian slang, translates as an attractive girl who's known to be promiscuous. So it was a big deal that Zeca Dirceu, from the left-wing Workers Party, had said that the cost-cutting Mr. Guedes "is a big tiger when it comes to retirees and old folks" but a "tchutchuca" with privileged elites and his "banker friends."

The reference is to a song from a few years back called Vem Tchutchuca Aqui Pro Seu Tigrão ("Hey Tchutchuca Come Over Here to Your Big Tiger.") It's in the musical style known as funk carioca, a stripped-down, male-dominated genre of pounding, stuttered electronic drum tracks overlaid with a monotone flow of (usually) X-rated lyrics.

Mom jokes are happening because: Brazil's controversial right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro was elected in part on a promise to reform the pension system. This is a polarizing issue on which the Brazilian public is split almost 50-50. The "tchutchuca" episode reflects that friction, but it also speaks to a deeply dysfunctional relationship between the political novices of the Bolsonaro administration and a Congress where it has few allies.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

Here are the basic facts:

More Show less

For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

Watch more PUPPET REGIME here.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


Subscribe to GZERO Media's Newsletter: Signal