(CNN)Three decades ago in Rio de Janeiro, Freddie Mercury made history with a performance of the Queen hit "Love of My Life," at the now-legendary Rock in Rio music festival. The scene of thousands of Queen fans all singing along was an indelible one -- and one recently featured in the film "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Rock music is linked to abortions, says new Brazilian culture official
Brazil has always been famous for its music. The birthplace of beloved genres like samba, maracatu and forro, it is also a welcoming longtime home for global music styles. But now, one of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's top officials for culture is declaring a war on rock and roll.
"Rock music leads to drugs, which leads to sex, which leads to abortions," claimed Dante Mantovani, newly-appointed head of the National Arts Foundation (Funarte), in a recent post on his personal YouTube page.
"At the same time, the abortion industry feeds into something much more serious which is Satanism," he added.
In the eleven-minute video, posted on October 30th, Mantovani criticizes rock icons Elvis Presley and John Lennon. "Lennon openly said, more than once, that he made a pact with the devil -- with Satan, in order to be famous and successful," he says.
"In the 1950's this so-called Elvis Presley emerges with rock music that makes everyone bounce and shake their hips," Mantovani adds. "This is when certain behaviors start being introduced -- Elvis Presley, for instance, died of an overdose."