Camp culture has always loved a diva and Beyoncé is all that and more, but in Waiting For B, there's a deeper exploration of what it means to be a fan and the relationship between star worship and what it means to be LGBT. Young Brazilian LGBTQ+ people who can't afford expensive priority tickets opt to camp outside the venue for two months to see their idol and in that time, a community grows in the tented village that is quite beyond expectation.
Almost everyone sleeping in the tent-line is LGBTQ+ and no one can quite explain why, but there's great fun to be had in trying. Beyoncé represents empowerment and creativity and is the inspiration for a thousand intimate impersonations and aspirational performances. There's something very giving about a culture built on admiration.
In Brazil, B is short for Biba or Bicha, roughly translating as queer, used in Brazilian queer culture as a friendly greeting, a mark of recognition and signal of safety. There are scenes of glorious campery and of stark defiance as the outside world occasionally intrudes. Music has long been the 'safe space' of many cultures and the 'short-hand' of dance moves, shared lyrics, the sense of connection with a star they will never meet, creates a bubble of joy and solidarity that is easily the equal of the tribal, stereotypically macho, world of football fandom, Brazil's other great love.
Those of a right-wing disposition often mock the very idea of 'safe spaces' and express a wish to pull them down whilst bolstering their own versions, their echo-chambers of online negativity, their sour meeting places based on privilege and exclusion, whilst here, Waiting for B, dares to dream and sing the praise of a revolution based on love.
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