Dani Alves had barely finished eating his banana when support for his brilliant anti-racism stunt began pouring in. (If you haven’t already seen it, here’s the video.)
After the Barcelona defender munched on a banana thrown at him by a bigoted fan during Sunday’s match at Villarreal, his girlfriend Thaissa Carvalho quickly started a trend that took social media by storm.
Carvalho Instragrammed a picture of her entire family posing with half-eaten bananas, along with the hashtag #somostodosmacacos:
Alves’ injured Barca teammate Neymar joined the movement soon thereafter, adding the English translation of the hashtag - #weareallmonkeys - for his millions of followers. He wouldn’t be the last.
Soon enough, Alves and Neymar’s fellow professional footballers all over Europe joined the fray with pictures of them eating bananas, including Luis Suarez, Hulk, Marta and Sergio Aguero:
— Philipe Coutinho (@Phil_Coutinho)April 28, 2014
— FC Zenit in English (@fczenit_en)April 28, 2014
— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun)April 28, 2014
Not only did people around the world take a stand against racism with him, but Villarreal has also acted swiftly against the fan who threw the banana.
Official: Villarreal confirm the person who threw a banana at Alves has been identified, membership revoked and banned from stadium for life— barcastuff (@barcastuff)April 28, 2014