Charlie, who along with every other Brazilian-born cat, has suffered with a certain nursery rhyme that boasts of throwing a stick at a cat and making it scream, has voiced some concerns over the insensitivity of some traditional carnival songs. He assures me that he is all for traditions, as they keep us connected to other periods in time which in turn keeps us from living in a vacuum. But traditions are supposed to give us a healthy perspective of our place in the world, and not bring racism, homophobia and sexist attitudes to the surface. Charlie hates to support the practice of banning anything, but he cannot help but worry about the self-esteem of Afro-Brazilians, members of the gay community, and abused women when they hear the catchy, cheerful songs that seem to imply a feeling of inferiority among members of these groups. He thinks it doesn’t matter that the lyrics are often in the form of hidden meanings, people who identify with the above-mentioned groups cannot help but feel that they are being mocked by the repetitive mentioning of the traits they have worked hard to accept in themselves. He sincerely believes that Brazil has outgrown this kind of music, and that we should emphasize carnival music that does not touch on anything that could possibly be hurtful to humans or animals, and stop creating carnival musical memories for the up and coming generations of celebratory humans. Charlie thinks we should all be marching to a different rhythm nowadays. What do you think?