The political caricature is not for buying a Mercedes Benz

“How do you start a conversation about political cartoon in a country like Mexico and Colombia?” Asked the Colombian cartoonist Nadim Amin |, who along with Mexicans Alarcón, Rocha and Rictus, participated in the table of “International Meeting of Caricature and Cartoon”, Which is being held for the twentieth time within the framework of the FIL of Guadalajara.

As expected, politics and humor came to the fore from the first question asked by the Colombian. To give a first answer, Rictus saw fit to take out a morning lectern made by himself: “What morning lecture would be complete without a lectern?” He said.

With ironic and funny rhetoric, he gave a brief government report, where he showed with “other data” how the current administration has grown into nonsense and absurdity, which has allowed them to generate more humor and cartoons. And he assured that the outlook for cartoonists, in the remainder of the current administration and those to come, there will be raw material that will give them the opportunity to generate more critical content.

Rictus also recalled the origins of the cartoon, and in a brief historical walk made it clear that the profession of currency it is part of national life. And sarcastically, he said that perhaps the future of the cartoon could be given to the military to be the Welfare Cartoonists.

For its part, Rocha, with a tone and rhythm of voice that was a bit slow, emulating the president, he continued the speech of rictus, emphasizing the current times in which there is a very marked polarization.

He recalled that there have always been cartoonists who criticize and a few who defend the actions of the current presidency; Unlike today, where there are support networks for the president, where there are also cartoonists, who are dedicated to supporting the President in a very emphatic way.

He pointed out that no matter what kind of cardboard is made, whether for or against the government, there will always be knocking for everyone.

He stressed that songs like those of Lozoya, in Hunan, provide a lot of material and that causes the artists to be labeled as “chayoteros”. By way of parenthesis, he narrated the origin of the term chayote (bribery of communicators) and remarked that unlike some journalists, whose personal enrichment has been notorious when they support the government, there is no known case in which any monero has improved their level life for helping the president.

On the contrary, he assured that cartoonists have to find a way to get ahead and look for new opportunities to survive. “Which chayote? I do not see any cartoonist who has a Mercedes Benz, or who has changed his life diametrically. It is a false accusation. Cartoonists must continue to make humor, there is our function, we must not make exceptions, but criticize everything open to criticism in the world of politics. “

Alarcón ended up breaking the atmosphere by disguising himself as a kind of aboriginal, a member of the Chairobi tribe, who eats human flesh, “without conservatives, of course” and who speak poetry, live against the right wing and send the institutions to hell. All this, dancing to the rhythm of a Polynesian drum.

By the way, Alarcón clarified that the chairobis belong to the polynecios, because of their stubbornness and they pray to their god, a caricature of a goose called Amloevera or Gansori, also known as the Hakkas. Finally, with his presentation to the rhythm of hukulele and clapping from the audience, he sang the song in a farce of gratitude to this new divinity.

To close, the Colombian Nadim, He pointed out that although it may not seem like it, he understands the humor of his Mexican colleagues, since Mexico and Colombia are alike in many things, such as that at this moment Colombia has its own Peña Nieto, with its right-wing president who comments on a series of nonsense similar to those of the PRI. The political sphere of Colombia also has its own, since according to the humorist, the tricks of politics, from the right or from the left, are similar to those we have experienced here in Mexico.

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