A woman named Angela Moss was interviewed when she was 18 years old about the poorer populations of Brazil using the public beaches of the richer part of Rio De Janeiro, because there's nothing a teenager has opinions about like chilling at the beach. In it she calls them a "sub-race," and rants about how seeing them horrifies her because she can't believe they're from the same country. In the video below you can tell how passionate she is about her opinions, even though she's speaking in another language. Warning: the YouTube subtitles for this are like word soup.
The video was posted to a Brazilian Facebook page called Mariachi, with the caption "nothing has changed." People reacted angrily in the comments with gems like these:
But then something pretty bizarre happened. Angela Moss saw the video of herself and commented too:
Yes, this video is partly true. Unfortunately, this is me when I was 18 years old. I was a stupid child, with little knowledge. Although I was formally educated, I was alienated. Nowadays, I’m 47 years-old and a lot has gone by…
Am I ashamed? Today, almost in my 50s, I’m not exactly embarrassed. I’m proud of having my mind changed. I’m glad you posted this video, it is important to bring up things that society is not willing to admit.
I always spoke my mind, one way or another. I’m not a hypocrite. I’m happy that people are outraged by the video, what upsets me are the ones who are sending me messages of support (for what I said back then). I ask, therefore, that you keep the video, but, if possible, post this statement too.
Moss told BuzzFeed News that she's now a lawyer and philosophy teacher, and has learned a lot about the world she didn't know at 18, essentially. She said if she could travel back in time and talk to her teenage self she'd tell her, "control her prejudices and learn to understand others and be humble.”
Haha, good luck with that, lady. You can't tell a teenager anything!