“Betty La Fea Leads the People To Freedom! (Pace Delacroix)”

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LEADING THE PEOPLE: “Freedom of expression!” “Oh, please. You would be better off sticking to [flashing your tits] or [asking whatever happened to that teen-idol singing group of yours.]” Cited by Sacatrapos (Mexico), but I think they are failing to cite the original source. Note in the margin:
“Pace Delacroix.” The reference is to “Liberty Leading the People.”

Strong majorities in Brazil (80%), Mexico (76%), USA (74%), and Great Britain (71%) believe that the concentration of media ownership in fewer hands is a concern because owners’ political views emerge in reporting. — BBC World Service Poll, December 2007

Mamar generally means something like to BS someone, or to claim privileges or personal merits one does not deserve or has not earned. “Stop yanking my chain” might be a Brooklynese equivalent. In São Paulo: Eu, hein?

Ventanear literally means, “(a woman) standing a long time at the window.” That is, to display oneself ostentatiously in a somewhat scandalously forward manner.

Show off.

Make a spectacle of yourself.

Exhibit your availability like, ahem, a woman of dubious virtue.

(That old Mardi Gras demand to women standing on French Quarter balconies, watching the passing parade: “Show us your tits!” Those women are ventaneando.)

Something like that.

Timbiriche is some sort of bromeliad, according to my trusty old Larousse, but likely refers here to a Partridge Family- or Menudo- or Monkees-like prefab TV singing group from the 1980s.

This is a neat puncturing, I think, of the sort of nonsensical “heros of Soviet freedom” martyrdom and “heroic resistance” narratives you hear so often from the likes of Televisa (Mexico), Globo (Brazil), RCTV (Venezuela) and other media conglomerates of that general type.

And Reporters Without Borders, astonishingly:

On heroic resistance to phantom menaces, see, for example:

As I always say, you need to actually watch this dreck before you start canonization proceedings for the people who own and program it.

It is mindbendingly shrill and stupid, in the main, and not infrequently out-and-out viciously slanted and mendacious when it comes to reporting the news. See also

Caveat: We were watching the (mind-bendingly stupid) soap opera Duas Caras last evening on Globo — see TV Globo: “Pole Dancing Is No Longer Just for Tony Soprano’s Infamous Bing” — and did have to admit one thing: That Antonio Fagundes, and that Lázaro Ramos, those are some really damned fine actors.

Neuza was pointing out some other veteran campaigners whose prodigious talents are being wasted by Aguinaldo Silva’s scriptwriting factory of infinite monkeys with typewriters in this case.

And Neuza was also reminiscing about a 1970s Globo soap called O Bem-Amado (“The Loved One” — Evelyn Waugh reference probably not coincidental.)

When RCTV went off the air, it aired an over-the-top “We Are The World”-style music video that played to exactly that same sort of nostalgia my wife still feels for Globo.

Which after all, when she was growing up, was pretty much the only thing on.

A Grande Familia is another Globo show Neuza is trying to talk me into liking. She is succeeding.

AGF is kind of a standard sit-com about a family of frantic, witless bozos, featuring the actor who starred in Redentor.

But is actually a pretty funny standard sit-com about a family of frantic, witless bozos, held together by a world-weary paterfamilias who, representing the voice of reason, is the only one in the whole bunch doing an honest day’s work.

They say that post-Bussunda — RIP to a world-class nincompoop; the Brazilian Curly died this year — the Casseta e Planeta sketch-comedy show is not what it used to be.

One the other hand, I have seen the last two CeP movies, and they really did just crack me sincerely up. Milk shot out of my nose.

The last one featured a wonderfully irreverent, rich take on “the folklore of the evil corporation,” using a hilarious Star Wars reference, involving — who else? — the irrepressible Sino-Paraguayan Seu Creyson(-son-son).

(Somewhere in the NMM(-TV)SNB(B)CNN(P)BS content queue I have an advertisement for Capivara-brand “palmtop computers” that I have been meaning to subtitle for you. A truly mind-bendingly stupid — in a good, ironic way — take on the “rhetoric of the technological sublime in postmodern technology PR.”)

Neuza (the long-suffering Mrs. NMMist) says she is getting less interested in Globo, though, because the good stuff is getting cancelled in favor of the dreck.

For example: Linha Direta has been taken off the air and replaced with Globo Reporter, I was just noticing.

I often argue with the Nooz that Linha Direta is reprehensible because it relies so heavily on “if it bleeds, it leads” dramatic recreations of events.

Yes, she says, but when the Baixada Fluminense massacre happened, what program brought public attention to it? Linha Direta. Which has also covered cases of death-squad activity in the rural areas.

Interesting point. The Mrs. is not afraid to argue with me just because I have a lot of fancy book-learning. I like that about her.

I am reviewing my prejudice.

See also

On the reality-deficit of reality-based programming aired on Globo Reporter, see

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