Rock music is linked to abortions, says new Brazilian culture official

(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."

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."