Brazilians hail victory of MasterChef ‘warrior’ over her sexist co-stars

Dayse Paparoto has been celebrated as a feminist hero after shrugging off boorish behaviour from male competitors who even told her to sweep the floor

The winner of Brazils MasterChef Professionals prove has been hailed as a feminist hero after shrugging off sexist comments and boorish behaviour from her male competitors who dismissed her suggestions, undermined her abilities and on one occasion even told her to sweep the floor.

The victory for Dayse Paparoto, 32, from Mogi das Cruzes in the interior of So Paulo state was seen as vindication by Brazilians angry over what they insured as sexist, deigning therapy meted out to her by the male competitors.

It was the latest in a series of episodes when social media has provided an outlet for annoyance over Brazilian machismo.

Youre our warrior, tweeted one viewer after Paparoto was crowned win on Tuesday night.

Brazilian media reported her male contestants were downcast after her win. One, Ivo Lopes, had even once been her boss. At one point during the rivalry, Lopes had said: Working with a woman in the kitchen is a little more delicate, Ill be realistic. She objective up being a little more fragile.

Many Brazilians were appalled and took to social media to demonstrate it. One widely shared tweet joked that the Paparotos main dish would be fragile sexist in a soup of tears.

A video compilation of the worst moments Paparoto endured has been watched 12 m periods on Facebook. Her frustration was palpable as the men failed in chores because they had brushed aside her suggestions or categorically ignored her. It included the moment when Lopes told her to get a broom and sweep the floor.

Respect the girls, posted Bia Varanis, who shared the video.

Dayse Paparoto holds up her trophy after winning MasterChef Professionals in Brazil. Photograph: Carlos Reinis

In one interview from the programme featured on the Facebook video compilation, Paparoto addressed the issue.

In a humen intellect, to go to the final against another man, OK. But to go to the final with a woman, the possibility to lose to a woman, I think it gets to them, its a little embarrassing, for them, she said.

But despite the reaction from viewers, Paparoto told the Guardian she did not feel she faced sexism on the show.

I dont assure myself as a feminist, she said. I think there is sexism in any place in the world , not only in Brazil , not just in the kitchen , not in the office. It is everywhere.

Paparoto said she was surprised to win.

I am a little insecure as a person, she said, adding that for the time being she plans to keep working at So Paulos Feed Food restaurant, which shared photos of her holding the trophy on its Facebook.

It is not an easy profession, Paparoto, who has been a chef for 14 years, added. You have to handle a lot of pressure.

Brazilian women and also men are increasingly use social media to challenge the sexism rooted in this deeply conservative and traditional society.

In 2014, after many Brazilians said in a survey that girls wearing exposing clothing were to blame for sexual assaults, tens of thousands posted photos online with the slogan I dont deserve to be raped.

The following year, Brazils MasterChef programme also provoked online outrage from Brazilian girls after humen posted lewd comments on social media about a 12 -year-old girl contestant. Tens of thousands shared experiences of sexual harassment and abuse they had suffered as children and adolescents, use the hashtag #primeiroassdio( first harassment ).

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