Dua Lipa, Imagine Dragons & More Speak Out Against Anti-LGBTQ Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro

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Dua Lipa attends the German Radio Award on Sept. 6, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

A number of popular music artists are speaking out against Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing populist candidate and frontrunner in Brazil's presidential race.

Bolsonaro has made headlines across the world for his comments on the economy, the role of government and, most recently, the LGBTQ community.

In an op-ed for the New York Times, writer Carol Pires highlighted one of those particular quotes made by Bolsonaro. She writes that he has said "he would rather his son die than be homosexual.” The revelation sparked massive outrage on social media, with thousands of users campaigning to stop him from being elected.

Dua Lipa was one to join this online campaign against Bolsonaro. Retweeting a commentary on the New York Times piece, the "New Rules" singer simply added the hashtag #EleNão, a popular slogan used against the candidate that roughly translates from Portuguese to “not him.”

Fellow artists Kehlani, Diplo, Nicole Scherzinger, Pabllo Vittar and Shangela also joined in the “Ele Não” campaign, each sending messages to their fans from Brazil. “To all my fans in Brazil: I’m sending so much love,” Scherzinger wrote. “Stand up for Equality, Respect and Love. Make sure to VOTE in the upcoming Presidential election and be heard.”

Even Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, who has become an outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community over the past year, tweeted out his disgust with the comments made by Bolsonaro. “This does not represent the Brazil that I know and love,” he said on Twitter.

Check out the artists supporting the #EleNão campaign below:


#elenao #elenunca #elejamais

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