The more I watch Avenida Brasil, the angrier I get about Jorgito’s character… Now, this blog post will be more about my expectations of a male protagonist over what the female protagonist should act/look/be like.
Jorgito fits the bill of a hunky perfect protagonist in every aspect: He has the most incredible smile, he is a talented actor, and he has steamy chemistry with Nina. BUT: what do I not like? I don’t like the character the writers made him out to be. Although I am still watching and have not seen the dynamic change in the characters quite yet, all I see thus far is what looks like a twenty-something-year-old, doing nothing with his life. He drinks, he parties, he SOMEHOW has a girlfriend, he hates his mom (and lets her know it in front of everyone at a party, and he also reminds her of this all the time) and he simply acts like a little kid!
Now, I don’t know if anyone else can agree with me, but no matter how hot he is, there needs to be more to a man than just good looks. He needs to be passionate, driven, ambitious! The male protagonists in telenovelas are usually rich and dumb for believing everything people tell them. How is this not frustrating for everyone?! When it comes to Jorgito, he still depends on his parents and is even a below par soccer player on a small team somewhere: knowing he grew up in the home of the star soccer player in Brazil.
So far this is driving me CRAZY! I understand he is “lost” and trying to figure out his life, and his mom-issues, and everything… and I also understand how extremely critical I am being! But all I keep thinking when he throws his hissy fits is “COME ON!!! GET IT TOGETHER JORGITO!!!” I am just ready to see him get his life together, not drink anymore, figure out exactly what he wants, and go get Nina!
I say all these things in frustration because I feel like Jorgito had all these incredible opportunities from his transformation as “Batata” to “Jorgito” and he threw them away. Although riches and fame PALE in comparison to a true family love, values and morals, I get so angry seeing him do nothing and throwing his life away. I wonder if anyone in Brazil, or worldwide, watching this novela ever felt the same way; not everyone gets those chances to leave their difficult lives the way he did. To me, Batata/Jorgito represents the struggle so many people face and the rare opportunity Batata got… viewers (those living in poverty) of this telenovela must have been so angry that their only representation ended up doing nothing with his life!
Anyway, although this blog post was critical of the character Jorgito was made out to be (so far!!!), I must admit it does NOTHING to stop me from watching and LOVING him and fawning over him every time the camera is on him. I completely fall under the “fan-girl” * sigh * moments that any women feels when they are watching a telenovela!
From what we have covered in class, I see how the “representation and identity” of the male protagonist in this case, has NO EFFECT on my “consumption” as a viewer. I am literally dying to watch each episode. Honestly, the importance of a good-looking cast is huge, but on top of that Cauã Reymond is hot AND talented! No wonder Avenida Brasil did so well!!
Also, when looking up pictures of Cauã, I came across these, and I don’t know if they are COMPLETELY inappropriate! But I’ll take the risk to share with you all his hotness: