What is appealing about Azteca’s Venga la Alegría? Venga la Alegría (VLA) is mostly about breeders: “him and her.” It’s never about “him and him” or “her and her.” Is anyone else tired of the discrimination of Queers on VLA and TV Azteca in general?
Hola a todos. I’m not sure how Venga la Alegría stays on the air. Venga la Alegría which translates en inglés/in English as “Here comes the joy” (meaning the heterosexual joy) is a heteronormative variety-type show produced in CDMX (La Ciudad de México/México City) where adults behave like children for most of the show by playing mostly children’s games as they attempt to entertain the presumably childish viewing audience who enjoy stupid and dumbed-down programming. Mi amigo says: “It’s like watching Romper Room.”
Neither of us sit and watch VLA — who has the time to do that ? — but I’ve seen enough of it over the last year or so to write about it.
Are los mexicanos really into watching adults act like children for two hours a day? In the San Francisco Bay Area, VLA is on from noon to 2.00pm. on the TV Azteca affiliate.
VLA’s producer is a guy, Adrian Patiño. I assume he’s responsible for the content of the show, no? I sense he has a strong interest in looking at what could best be described as “soft porn,” meaning nearly naked las mujeres/women celebrities, since that’s a regular major feature on the show.
I have often wondered: What are the audience demographics for this show? Who is in the audience watching this show at nine o’clock in the morning en México? I wouldn’t think it would be los muchachos. I would think it would be las muchachas or retirees, no? So assuming that’s the case, why is this show frequently doing segments showing nearly-naked female model-type celebrities? Do the producers, Adrian Patiño y Sergio Sepúlveda, think that the audience is full of las lesbianas? If so, they certainly don’t make it obvious that anyone on the show is a lesbian. But if the audience is mostly las muchachas, don’t females want to see pictures of nearly-naked male celebrities rather than nearly-naked female celebrities as are shown every day? If females are the dominant group of their viewers, it’s as if VLA does not understand their audience or know its demographics. So again, why show images of nearly-naked female celebrities to a female audience unless that audience is lesbiana? Because breeder/heterosexual females want to look at images of muchachos, not muchachas.
Also, on the odd occasion that a male celebrity is shown, he’s never shown in the same way that a nearly-naked female celebrity is shown. There is such a glaring double standard on the Latino/Hispano networks. With the male celebrity, he is never nearly naked and his “basket” is never shown. That studio camera doesn’t go below his waist. But these corporate Hispano/Latino networks have no trouble showing a female’s vagina area all the way up to her cervix! Or all the way up in her butt, un-censored usually. In fact, they love showing that.
One example of that: TV Azteca’s sports programme (Los Protagonistas) ends every show by showing practically naked white Latinas in sexual poses during the last 30-60 seconds of the show. Of course they never show nearly naked guys in the same context. And I have yet to figure out what nearly-naked females have to do with a sports show. This “soft porn” just comes out of nowhere. It has no relation or context with the show whatsoever. What are they thinking? I guess they’re just using this “soft porn” for “click bait.” I’ve often wondered how Patty López, one of their sports analyst and part of their discussion panel on the show feels about this “soft porn” segment and the exploiting of women’s bodies every show. Well, apparently she’s quite fine with it because they’ve done one of her too. Yes, she was featured at the end of their show on el 25-26 abril/25-26 April 2017. When they ran the promo for it near the end of the show as they always do, I had to do a double-take to make sure it was the same muchacha as the one on their show. It was. Patty acted as if she were embarrassed by it — why? — somewhat covering her face with her hands as if she had been “naughty” (roll eyes) and was fanning her face with her hands. Omar Zerón, one of their other sports analyst and panelist on their show, was standing next to her in the studio. He leaned over and hugged a somewhat embarrassed-looking Patty as they began to play her “soft porn” video. In her video, Patty had on a black bikini and the usual, predictable sexual scenes and poses were shown with her. I’m just wondering when we might expect to see a “soft porn” video of Omar in the same type of segment wearing a speedo with a hard-on? Answer: Never.
There is such a double standard/hypocrisy involved here. It’s as if the thinking with these corporate networks is that the model-type (sometimes almost anorexic-looking) female body — especially the vagina and butt area — is beautiful but the male body is repulsive, other than a model-type guy’s bare chest. On the rare occasion they show a guy, the camera generally stays up on his naked chest area and does not move beyond that. The camera may fleetingly show his butt if he’s wearing lose swimming trunks. But they never show a guy’s butt — even a model-type guy — in the same way they
show exploit the female body.
So how heteronormative is VLA? It’s completely heteronormative, and for me and mis amigos/my friends that why it’s such a turn-off, other than the immaturity. I’ve never seen the male dancers dancing with each other face to face or hand and hand. I’ve only seen them “line dance” together or paired off with the female dancers in a heteronorative couples’ situation as if they are “boyfriend and girlfriend” where at the end of their dance he predictably dips her back and they hold their position — with her lying back close to the floor with him smiling at her — until the camera is off of them. Ugh. And I don’t recall seeing the female dancers dancing with each other either as lesbian couples. They too only dance together in “line dance” formations.
Are there no openly-Queer people on this show? This is 2017, not the 1950s. Although in many ways it’s feeling more and more like the 1950s. People paying attention will understand that comment. Do any Queer people on VLA still remain closeted and heteronormative/married to females to hide their true Queer sexuality (as in the 1950s)? If so, it’s sad that people feel the need to live a lie here in this day and time. Unless I’ve missed it, I’ve never seen a Queer-related segment on VLA. In their chisme/gossip segments on VLA, I’ve seen one (or maybe two) brief stories about Ricky Martín and his partner. They’re the Queer Latino posterboys. It’s as if they and Christian Chávez are the only three Queer Latinos en el mundo because all the other celebrity actors, musicians and models are closet cases presumably believing that coming out will harm their career. On the odd occasion they’re asked asked about their sexuality, they lie and say, “I’m into girls.” Many viewers are not fooled — including myself — by their lies because our reliable Queerdar tells us they are a Queer boy and we know that institutionally.
From my research, one of the people on the show — who shall remain nameless because I’m not into outing people — is indeed a closet case. Most unfortunate. And of course he’s married to a female. So tiresome, typical and predictable of closeted Queer men as they try to hide their true Queer sexuality from the public being ashamed of who they really are. It’s sad when people’s lives are a lie. Also from my research, el hombre and his esposa have two children. But according to what I read — and assuming it’s true — it is well-known among the cast of VLA that he likes to have sexual encounters with young guys. That’s a story that has repeated itself countless times throughout time. Having sexual encounters with guys while married to a female is also quite common of closet cases. I also read information about a sexual escándalo/scandal involving this person awhile back, but the pictures associated with this escándalo had been deleted from online. I’ve lost any respect that I had for this guy because I’m so sick of closet cases who think they need to pretend to be a breeder in the public eye. This is 2017, and sexually-messed up people are still playing this closeted game with their lives. So sad. If only they would get some quality psychotherapy for their very messed up head and get themselves out of that unhealthy closet and be true to themselves and their sexuality, and stop living a lie. But I’m a realist and I realise that’s not likely to happen. These closet cases will continue to live a lie about themselves and likely screw around with young guys on the side behind her back (or does she/esposa know about this?)
One complaint I’ve read online about VLA is the show’s alleged discrimination in its lack of hiring of hosts from México. According to commenters, it seems that the show prefers to hire hosts from other Latin countries, such as Argentina where they hire white Latinos, for example.
The hiring of white Latinos is a system-wide occurrence on every español-language network I’ve seen. These corporate networks are the most discriminatory networks of any on television in that context. I read from a reliable media-watch source that monitors this type of thing that Univisión is the whitest network on television. I can believe that, even though I rarely watch Uni because it’s so corporate, dumbed-down and it’s so often all about their “celebrity” hosts (ugh) who are nearly all young and white Latinos/as. Univisión is quite an ageist and anti-ethnic network also.
I get the sense that everyone on VLA is a very nice person if you were to meet them and talk with them in person. I also think there’s a lot of acting involved with the cast/the on-camera personalities. Each one of the show hosts is really seen as an entertainer and each entertainer/host supports the other, as opposed to being competitors. I’ve read that they all get along real well, which is good.
Nearly everyone on camera is required to present this fake, nearly-constant smiling personae and to be very jacked-up/hyped which to me and mis amigos looks fake/phony and is a turnoff — from the six or seven show hosts who sit on the three couches on their set — as well as the show’s constantly-fake-smiling well-choreographed dancers. “Keep smiling” must be what they’re told to do in their ear pieces by la producción since that’s mostly what they do. I was thinking about this while writing this: When I dance, I’m not constantly smiling. And I’ve watched people I know dance and they’re not constantly smiling while dancing either. So what’s up with the dancers on VLA? They’re doing as they’re told: “Keep smiling, so the viewers will love you and keep watching.”
Everyone on the show is obviously told the following: “Work the cameras, and make the audience think that you love them so they’ll keep watching.” That’s what’s they all do as some of las chicas throw fake-besos/kisses to the cameras or form a heart shape by putting their hands together and working the cameras that way, which has become such a predictable and tacky (to the point of obnoxious) technique used by all the español-language networks that I monitor. It looks so fake and forced/desperate.
And does anyone else besides me get tired of seeing Sergio put his index finger to his mouth and then point to the camera? Or is it just me that finds that annoying at this point? Is he sending the audience a beso? Is that what he’s doing? He does that silly little finger gesture multiple times each show that it too has become predictable. The camera pans the hosts and there’s Sergio doing that finger to his mouth gesture and then he does the pointing to the camera routine and smiles. Can’t he come up with some other “work the camera” gesture like all the others do?
For most segments of the show, the image portrayed is that there’s not a problem in the world which does take a lot of acting from the hosts especially when/if a show host is dealing with something difficult in their personal life. For the show, s/he has to be “up” and fake-smiling and happy (Venga la Alegría/”Here Comes the Joy”). I’ve seen Los Destrampados interviewed “out-of-character” so to speak on one occasion (even though they still looked like they usually do), and they are very serious and mature muchachos, so I know they’re having to do a lot of acting in their roles which they do well. They seem like very nice and friendly muchachos.
I should mention Carlos Pérez ‘El Capi’ who’s very talented with his many characters. He seems like a very nice, informal, laid-back muchacho.
But my main problems with TV Azteca is that it is such a heteronormative network. There are no Queer people in el mundo/the world is the impression one gets from watching VLA. The reader might be wondering: Do they ever have two guys dancing together to make it obvious they are a Queer couple on VLA? No! Never. What about two lesbians? Again, no. Don’t you understand? There are no Queer people in their world. (Well there’s that one guy on Ventaneando who I understand is “out”). But on VLA, they always make sure that people are paired off (when they’re paired off) male-female and I’m so tired of that because it does not reflect the real world. Queer people live all over el mundo/the mundo but TV Azteca likes to pretend that’s not the case. That’s why I often say to mi amigo: There are no Queer people in their world to speak of. Even TV Azteca’s 2-hour dating show they started awhile back is entirely breeder/heterosexual-based even though many of the guys to me and mis amigos look like Queer boys trying to date a female. Once again, that generations-old problem known as Queer closet cases pretending to be breeders/heterosexual. Or do Queer boys apply to be on this dating show — and they’re willing to go along with the charade of dating/making out with a female — just so they can be on television? Is that what is going on?
One of the newer hosts, Ricardo, came over to VLA awhile back from Ventaneando, another show on TV Azteca. He seems to be enjoying himself on VLA. The first thing I noticed about him was how conservatively dressed he is. He even buttons the top button on his shirt when he’s not wearing a conformist tie. And he’s heavily into that monochrome black and gray (and white) clothing rut that so many conformists are wearing these days as they walk around looking like conformist black and gray zombies, or as if they’re going to or returning from a traditional funeral. I guess the intent of having every button buttoned is so that no “skin shows.” Which is quite a contrast from the days where one would see a hot Latino/Hispano muchacho showing some chest (with the three top buttons unbuttoned), just like some muchachas enjoy showing some cleavage. But these days, at least with most muchachos it seems to be all about “covering everything up” (very conservative) and being ashamed of the male human body. Ugh. Whereas with muchachas, it’s the opposite; show as much as you can get away with.
Venga El Domingo
The Domingo/Sunday version of VLA (known as Venga El Domingo) is especially silly/stupid and embarrassingly so. Such as on a recent Domingo, for example. Apparently the producers thought it was interesting to the audience to watch each host take turns jumping rope. (roll eyes). Also on VED, lots of time is given to on looking at images of (once again) nearly-naked celebrity white Latinas. The “soft porn” again that I mentioned earlier. Maybe their audience on Domingo/Sunday afternoon is mostly heterosexual chicos? With these “soft porn” images, they stop just short of having the camera up in the female’s cervix. It’s all about over-inflated nearly-naked boobs and a barely covered vagina — and again, of course they never show a guy in an equivalent image as the practically naked females they show — and they’re nearly always white Latinas, just like nearly all the people on VLA have a fair-skin complexion. There’s one exception to that: The “street audiences” they show from time-to-time with Los Destrampados or with Carlos when he goes out of the studio to interview people on occasion are not white-complected. Speaking of Carlos Quirarte, I sense that he’s quite mature and has to do a lot of acting to come off as silly/stupid and more immature, which is what the show seems to require/prefer.
To be clear, I have no problem looking at the nude or nearly-nude human body. But what I see VLA and TV Azteca doing is constantly exploiting the celebrity-model-female body for ratings purposes, which they don’t do with celebrity-model-male bodies in the same context. And my point is the double-standard, the hypocritical mindset of the corporate producers which discriminate against men and their bodies. Again, VLA have no problem showing a female’s butt uncensored but they don’t dare show a guy’s exposed uncensored butt or him in a jock strap to the audience. Why not? Because there’s a very clear double-standard on male and female images shown on this and other corporate networks and what’s allowed. The hosts of VLA make comments about these females and their bodies, including some possible Queer boys who have to pretend to be into females even though they’re not, when in reality the Queer boy couldn’t care less about females. But it’s part of their job for the show to pretend otherwise. In TV Azteca’s world regardless of the show, the guy is always pared off with a female. It’s always him and her together. It’s never him and him together or her and her together. Again, for the thick people: There are no Queer boy couples or lesbian couples in TV Azteca’s mundo?
VLA does have some more mature segments on the show. They bring in a guest to talk about inmigración/immigration from time-to-time. Carlos (one of the newer arrivals to VLA) and another host have gone out into CDMX (La Ciudad de México/México City) and interviewed various people in some of the comida/food, art, arts and crafts, fitness and other businesses. Rather varied subjects and topics. And the producers are adding some more mature segments to the show but at the same time they’re also continuing to add more of the childish/stupid material too (so one cancels-out the other, so to speak), such as their more recent “pin the face on the person’s body” or “pin the clothes on the person’s body” type thing. Or like their recent “tug of war” with the show’s hosts divided into two teams pulling a rope in a competition. They do have this new segment with a new reporter, Olga. She seems like a lovely person, it’s just that she’s too much for me with her constantly-smiling, “up” and overly-hyped personae. She gushes over whatever business she’s visiting and promoting — lots of expen$$$ive food in CDMX — as if she’s doing an advertisement for them, which is really what she is doing. The other day I thought: What does she take before she records her segments for the show, lots of caffeine? Whatever it is it’s making her come off as a bit unnatural and too hyped-up, such as the most hyped and almost annoying/fake sales person you’ve ever encountered.
I think most of my problem with the show is not necessarily with the on-camera crew. I think my problem is really with the producers and la producción. Mi amiga says she thinks the main producer has been “womanised” and probably has a child at home and that’s partly why the show has become so silly, juvenile and stupid in its content. With adults playing childish games. That’s the mainstay of the show. And la producción seem to try to come up with as many variations of games for the show’s adult hosts to act like children as possible. I guess that VLA’s audience likes watching adults playing games in two competitive groups.
I keep thinking VLA is going to be cancelled but then it keeps going. Although in a sense, I wouldn’t want to see it cancelled because there would be a lot of people out of work, just like when Univisión cancelled Sábado Gigante. Nearly all of SG’s on-camera people completely disappeared from television, and the entire staff (I think) lost their jobs with the network. That was a lot of people — I think around 200, if I’m not mistaken — to become unemployed. And I don’t like to encourage unemployment.
There’s also VLA’s obsession with the monotonous and conformist clothing fad that’s been going on for some time of wearing all-black, gray and/or white clothing that the hosts and dancers seem required to wear Lunes a Viernes — there’s nothing “Latin” about those drab, boring and conservative colours — which seem to be a requirement on some shows.
They did have three drab gray couches on the show’s set until recently when they replaced them with tan couches. By doing so, it told me that perhaps the show wasn’t about to be cancelled.
I just wonder: Who sits for 2 hours and watches this show? Or do most people just observe it/monitor it the way I do? I guess enough people “see it” or parts of it to keep it on the air since shows do get cancelled on TV Azteca.
Finally, on their Domingo/23 abril 2017 show, they reached the lowest of lows. It was embarrassing. Do these people have no standards at all? They resorted to the lowest common denominator on this show. I take it their Domingo show is struggling for ratings? The hosts were playing a game near the beginning of the show (at around 20 after the hour when I looked at the clock) using their butts as a bat. And of course the guys were fully clothed and in jeans. But the female’s skirts were so short that “all was deliberately showing” so to speak for ratings, although the cameras were at the side and not directly up under the females to try to bait the audience (of guys at 4.00pm on Domingo?) and give the impression that “all was showing” to keep the viewers watching. I did see that una muchacha in the red skirt had a black g-string on or something. Nothing was blurred. One of the male dancers was taking part in this over at the right side from the camera(s) and he was smiling broadly as la muchacha in the red mini skirt with a black g-string was in a full-squatting position willing and able to expose her vagina and anything else, and she looked absolutely eager to do so. Mi amigo saw this segment of the show and asked: Why don’t they just make a “pussy porn” film and be done with it? Yeah, why don’t they? That’s really what they want to do rather than try to disguise their real intent with this stuff? Overall, this heteronormative show is all about pussy, female’s butt, stupid childish games, adults acting like children, “celebrity” chisme/gossip, immaturity and stupidity. How does it stay on the air? On the same show, over-hyped Olga (their reporter) in her usual monochrome black and gray “uniform” went several places. She promoted a restaurant and gushed over their expensive food. Then she went to a heteronormative dance class where we saw (can you guess?) males dancing with females. No Queer couples in sight. Imagine that. Chau.—el barrio rosa