I’ve been trying to write about the differences between NYC and Brazilian nightclubs, but with my crazy weeks, it was very difficult to stop and dedicate some time to my blog :(
Now, I have 2 hours between classes, so, here we go. 🙂
I will start writing about the first club I’ve been to, exactly 4 years ago. One of the girls I met during my monthly meetings (thought the exchange program I came with) convinced me that nightclubs in NY were the best thing in this world and we needed to go as soon as possible!
One day I finally decided to go to this club. The club it was called ‘Webster Hall‘ and my experience was somewhat … embarrassing, not to say comic.
As soon as we got there, there was a large line on the sidewalk and just by looking at it I was already angry! lol (Besides waking up early the second thing I hate the most is definitely lines) Buuuut, okay, I had to enjoy that moment. As soon as we walked towards the line, a security guy came to us and and asked for our Ids. (In the USA, you have to be 21 years and older to drink / Some clubs allow guests under 21 but put a different stamp on your hand, which means you can not drink)
He then, after checking it, asked us to accompany him. At that moment I was confused. Why were we the only ones following him? And everyone else was still waiting on the line? Here in NYC, security guards and promoters choose who they let in. The rules are the same, you have to be extremely well dressed, wearing awesome make up and in 90% of cases, you also have to be skinny.
What I found strange is that when I entered the club, there were a LOT of ugly people! (and later on, I found on this was not a top NYC club, and in reality it was a mix of hipsters, tourists and international students)
On the first floor, they were playing music from international DJs and easy recognizable songs. In the basement, they had an alternative rock band and on the second floor, they only played rap and hip hop.
When we arrived on the second floor and I couldn’t believe what I was staring at. I think I asked myself 500 times why everyone abroad has a sexualized image of Brazilians, when Americans have a dance called “Grinding“ O.o
According to Wikipedia: “Grinding, also known the juking, freak dancing or freaking (in the Caribbean, wining) is a type of close partner dance where two or more dancers rub or bump against each other Their bodies, Especially the dancer rubbing his or her buttocks against another dancer‘s crotch area “
Yep !! People were rubbing against each others for hours and endless songs. I was so embarrassed to see that scene that I asked my friend to leave. She was very upset at me and said I was boring and she also said I should be more liberal for being ”Brazilian”.
I started trying to understand why so many people have this vision of Brazil. I came to the conclusion that the culture of funk and samba (sexy dances from Brazilian) come from very poor areas. Since poverty is huge in Brazil, we have enough number to ”export” this culture, even though I’ve never had direct contact with it !! It is logical that statistically speaking, people from others countries will create stereotypes and assume every Brazilian dances in a sexual manner (loves soccer, beaches and carnival lol).