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‘When I act like a brat it isn’t because I’m a spoiled child…’
During this year’s World Cup, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, better known as simply Neymar, became a worldwide sensation for his athletic abilities—as well as his outrageous flops and overacting, Now the Brazilian football star has issued an explanation of sorts for his behavior in a new Portuguese language ad for Gillette razors.
In the ad, Neymar says, [translated from Portuguese] “You may think I overreact, and sometimes I do,” as well as “When I act like a brat it isn’t because I’m a spoiled child… but because I still haven’t learned to deal with my frustrations.” He also added that he “took time to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man.”
The fact that he was undoubtedly paid loads of money for the ad seems to have cheapened the statement for many people, and the ad has been roundly mocked on Twitter.
— Ahmed (@azkhawaja1) July 31, 2018
Yeah, poured his heart out after he got paid by Gillette.
— TOE (@BIGTOECAPTAIN) July 31, 2018
— Omar A. Lopez (@imomarlopez) July 31, 2018
— Jazli Aziz (@JazliAziz) July 31, 2018
Tragam um Oscar para os produtores 😂👍 pic.twitter.com/qX4A4Lrxgs
— DOUGLAS DMX (@DMXBH) July 30, 2018
— Nivek (@Grimes_Baby) July 31, 2018
Just have to say no to things like this. Neymar has the talent to change the game but instead he makes it laughable and shameful. Kids should not wear his jersey, don't flop like he does and please don't whine like he does. #coolkidsjustplaythegame #slowmotionexposesyou
— Troy Sczech (@Troyoda) July 31, 2018
And, naturally, some of the old memes showed up.
Although a few people did jump to his defense.
All the defenders would go after him and it frustrates him. I as a (Paris and Brazil) fan am proud to wear his jersey because Neymar is on the track to becoming a great legend.
— Herold Nathan Chery (@CheryNathan) July 31, 2018
He is a MEGGA star,he will only become a much better footballer,after a broken leg!!! Best wishes man!!
— raymond c. (@Alpha829C) July 31, 2018
He's definitely the only one being crucified for not being at his best after long injury and for exaggerating on the pitch, even though he's not the only one doing that. Why are you surprised he decided to address this?
— Kate (@Kate77NG) July 31, 2018
Neymar ends the add by saying, “I fell. But only those who fall can get up. You can keep throwing rocks at me, or you can throw your rocks away and help me get up. Because when I do get up, buddy, the whole country gets up with me.”
It seems as if Twitter has decided to keep throwing rocks, so Neymar may to need to get up on his own this time.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.