Retired footballer-turned-politician Romario reveals plan to regulate hip-hop in Brazil
Controversial rule change would require hip-hop artists to take professional training
Now working as a socialist representative in Rio de Janeiro's Chamber of Deputies, Spin reports that Romario has launched plans to pass a law with Brazil's ministry of labour covering DJs, MCs, beat-boxing, street-dancing, and graffiti.
According to a post on Romario's official website, under the law, each of these groups of people would be, "Recognised throughout the country, and may be exercised both by professional graduates in technical vocational training, and by those who prove the pursuit of professions continuously for a year." Individuals would be required to take a technical course to enter their respective field legally. However, after that, they would be entitled to a 30-hour work schedule and double pay for overtime hours.
However, there is opposition to the move with nearly 2,000 people joining a Facebook group opposing the proposed law. Members have argued that the legislation would restrict access to hip-hop in Brazil and called for a meeting with Romario, which he is believed to have accepted. An official statement from Romario's office states: "We are recognising the value of our young people who live and breathe hip-hop in all its forms of expression and social action."