At any rate, I am lying low, off the grid, out of the scene, and yet... I do one little tiny thing and "bam", the whole thing explodes, I'm right back in the middle of a controversy. (Translated)
A promotional video for the traditional festival of the Guelaguetza in Oaxaca, caused controversy in social networks, after some tweeters and bloggers to postearan comments against the material, since it seemed "racist", "demeaning" and even offering an image of Indians as "merchandise".
In the video are wearing their tuxedos regional indigenous people dancing around tourists, either in the Walker tour of the city or in a Museum, but also as background for two people to take a picture in front of Cathedral and even to make a woman look them while she is lying down in a hotel room.
here is a part in which some indigenous women take pains to offer clothes to a high tourist and of white skin which is up on a pedestal, while two of the women are inclined to fix your wardrobe.
On Twitter, Oaxacan users expressed their dissatisfaction, and some directly called on Governor Gabino Cué to intervene in the matter.
The feast of the Guelaguetza, which means "share" or "offering", is traditional in Oaxaca which is performed for many years in the capital city the last two Mondays in July, and in which representatives of the eight regions of the State, with dancing typical of their communities.
Here the video caused controversy:
The bold above is me taking the photo, but all you can see is my butt (at 0:21), but it good to see I can piss people off not even being seen. Ah... that Midas touch.
To some degree, I can agree with the criticism. There is a perspective that says the government ignores the indigenous all year, except for the guelaguetza and then they promote and exploit them like crazy. The festival is a huge cash cow and tens of thousands of tourists show and add to the state's coffers. If this controversy can advance fair and equitable treatment for the huge indigenous population, I say good. Glad to have pissed people off, if something better comes of it.
Obviously, this was not my project, nor did I have anything to do with its conception. I just showed up and turned my back to the camera, but I am most reassured.... "I've still got it, Mom."