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Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Privilege of Ruling

The AJC ran a story yesterday about a political satire show (a la SNL) called the Privilege of Ruling in Mexico. To hear this version would make it seem that the show is the next SNL or Daily Show. Not likely.

According to a Mexican journalist, the show is banal, uncritical of government, uninspired, and has poor actors. The acting is so bad (or Mexicans are so unaware of what politicians look like) that the show has to include the names of the characters at the bottom of the screen. Or, maybe the network just does that because technology makes it easy and possible.

Fox embracing AMLO

I never watched the show while in Mexico, even though the show debued in January. As you can see, the actors use elaborate make-up to resemble the politicians they portray. You can watch various videos on the show's site, including this snippet about Bush and Fox post-Katrina.

I've watched a handful of the online skits. It seems the writing is pretty good, but the acting is over the top. And so some lines that are funny are played poorly.

On the other hand, I can see why the show is popular because it is consistent with a lot of Mexican variety shows. (You know, grown men dressed as bees and school boys.) Don't forget that one of the most popular morning news programs was hosted by a clown; he interviewed the First Lady about whether she would run for President in 2006.

posted by Michelle @ 1:45 PM,


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