Brazilians React to Soccer Racism: If Anyone is a Monkey, "We Are All Monkeys"

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An incident on Sunday made headlines when, during a soccer match between Barcelona and Villarreal, someone threw a banana at soccer player Dani Alves. The gesture was, presumably, a racist taunt aimed at the dark-skinned Brazilian. But Alves didn't flinch - in a matter of seconds, he picked up the banana, took a bite and continued to take his corner kick, ending in a 3-2 victory for Barcelona, reports the Huffington Post.

His reaction on Twitter was priceless as well: "Meu pai sempre me falava: filho come banana que evita cãibra rsrs, como adivinharam isso? hahaha" which, loosely translated from Portuguese, means: "My father always told me: son eat a bananas to prevent cramping, how did you guess? hahaha"

He also stated what he thought of the antic at Sunday's game: "We have suffered this in Spain for some time," he said. "You have to take it with a dose of humor. We aren't going to change things easily. If you don't give it importance, they don't achieve their objective."

But Brazilians, Barcelona fans and more weren't going to let it die that quickly: they showed support for the star and disavowed racism by posting Instagram pictures of themselves with bananas, many with the hashtag #SomosTodosMacacos, which translates to "we are all monkeys." The first to do so was Neymar, Alves' teammate. He posed with his son:

See the rest of the Instagram photos wtih #somostodosmacacos

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