We’re not. Hola. ¿Qué tal? I got together with mis amigos recently and they had read my post about the black clothing obsession/fixation at Univisión y Telemundo. This video from
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Some amigos said they’ve stopped watching Univisión because it’s the worst of the español language networks. I asked: How do most of you feel about Telemundo? Everyone said: Well they’re not much better! They like to copy Univisión, and Telemundo’s morning show might as well be called Sala de Mameluco (romper room). Amigos pointed out that some of the Univisión on-camera personalities go over to Telemundo when they leave Univisión and vice versa, including some of the actors such as actor Blanca Soto of the telenovela Eva Luna.
We’ve all turned off Univisión for the following reasons:
1. The network has become very corporate, hyped and silly with lots of noise pollution. Univisión used to be a more mature network, which is why it appealed to me and mis amigos years ago.
2. Univisión is ageist and anti-ethnic. Many Latinos/Hispanos/Chicanos/Mexicanos and others won’t see anyone that looks like them on Univisión. That’s because the network only wants young, model-type, white Latinos before their cameras, with only an occasional exception to that. One exception being their token darker-complected Latino Tony D. And other than Raúl (El Gordo y La Flaca), one has to stay “in shape” (nearly anorexic-looking or slender) and visit a plastic surgeon on a regular basis to stay before their cameras. You’ll see some “average build” muchachos on the network but for las muchachas especially the “average person” (meaning overweight) is not allowed before their cameras—other than a quick on-the-street type “what do you think?” interview—regardless of how intelligent the person might be.
Univisión is not about intelligence. Univisión is all about “image,” shallow and superficial pop culture and how one looks on the outside. Jorge Ramos is one exception to this, and he has a very nice taste in clothes and colour combinations when he’s required to wear a shirt/tie/jacket.
3. Univisión heavily promotes tech—for their advertising la plata and—presumably to get their audience entirely addicted to the greatest mind-controlling, distraction and waste-of-time device there is: the so-called “smartphone.” I and mis amigos call them stupidphones because there are transforming society into a sea of distracted, stupid people. There’s no doubt about that from what I and others are seeing in the New Conservative and Lobotomised San Francisco. The stupidphone-addicted sheeple can’t even remember a short shopping list of things to buy in the grocery store without looking at and fucking with their stupidphone (and standing in people’s way). How did these idiots remember what to buy at the store before the stupidphone? (They used their brain.) Why are the sheeple addicted to “smartphones” when being stupid is “in?” Have they never thought about that? The network’s heavy promotion of tech is accomplished through their corporate ads, and with tech/Orwellian-named “social media” (and its data-mining) completely integrated into much of their tech-promotion programming. Haven’t they heard that the Tech Surveillance-State Industrial Complex has taken over and is ruining San Francisco? I suspect that doesn’t matter to them. With their “smartphone” ads the message sent to the viewer is: You can be just as feliz as these pretty, young, white Latinos if you buy these stupidphones or subscribe to this service provider we’re advertising and get as addicted to these toys/gadgets as they are. The reality: these stupidphones and other gadgets—which are like a rattler to a baby—are the greatest distraction/mind-controlling devices ever and the addiction to them seen in pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is clearly stronger than that of any drugs known to humans from what I and others see in San Francisco. But the ads on Univisión essentially tell the viewer: Make that stupidphone, tablet (whatever gadget one is addicted to) your entire life. Mis amigos said: Yes, be a fucking idiot by having all of your personal information in one place to be hacked into on that waste-of-lifetime stupidphone so you can be easily data-mined and spied on by these predatory NSA Surveillance State corporations. For example: Secret ‘BADASS’ Intelligence Program Spied on Smartphones and Secret US spy program snoops on citizens’ smartphones with aeroplanes, claims report. And when you do that, your life will be Feliz, Feliz, Feliz, Feliz. Univisión have also made some of their in-studio screens to resemble stupidphones, which is also part of promoting predatory tech and these addictive gadgets. That makes more la plata for corporate techie companies and corporate so-called “social media,” one being owned by a billionaire. Yes, help make even more la plata for that elitist billionaire! Meanwhile, in the real world many Latinos/Hispanos/Chicanos are struggling just to pay their rent or mortgage! But the network apparently wants their viewers to be wasting their lives on corporate “social media” typing with their thumbs day and night and sending waste-of-time text messages to Univisión, that they’ll never read. As mi amiga asked: When Latinos/Hispanos become completely addicted to these stupidphones, tablets and “social media,” will they be watching Univisión, or will they be too busy and distracted with their addiction?
4. Many, if not most, Latino/Hispano musicians, actors and network on-camera personalities have sold-out to one corporate entity or another. For example, we’ve seen the commercials that Lili y Raúl (El Gordo y La Flaca) made for that predatory corporation involved in NSA spying. I guess none of that bothers Lili y Raúl while they sit on their set fucking with their stupidphones during their show. I sense they are as addicted to the things as anyone else.
5. All of us like Univisión’s LED sets. They’re very pretty with beautiful colours. But we all agree that much, if not most, of the programming on Univisión has become rather predictable, including their award ceremonies.
6. The network has become dumbed-down and stupid, their morning show (lunes a viernes) in particular. People really watch that? On their morning show one gets the impression there is never a problem in their world with everyone (all white Latinos of course) waving to the cameras and smiling a wide-broad smile with bright white teeth (does the network have stock in the tooth-bleaching industry?). Univisión is a network of plastic surgery, tooth-bleaching and hair dye. Gray hair is allowed only in Noticiero Univisión y to some degree en Deportes. One cannot be oneself on Univisión. It’s all about “playing to the camera” (acting). Real-life does not exist on that network except in the noticias y deportes. The network must have come to a very lucrative agreement with a local plastic surgeon in Doral/Miami for all the network “darlings” to stop by regularly for “touch-up” surgery as the network does not want any signs of the natural aging process to appear before their expensive cameras. They like to give the false impression that “everyone always stays model-young forever” (of course in black or gray clothing) in Univisión’s ageist world. They’ll put up with Don Francisco, Lili y Raúl and Jorge Ramos and one or two others only until they can find a way to get rid of them without any notice, which is the way the network operates from what I’ve read. They have quite a revolving door at Univisión. One can be working there one day and gone the next! Apparently, from what I’ve read, they don’t give the customary 2-weeks’ notice. The concept of “job security” is not synonymous with Univisión.
7. Unfortunately, the network has tried to copy the dying-US English language networks. Why copy something that’s dying? Why copy something that hasn’t worked for somebody else? One example that comes to mind: They always begin their noticias in a serious and solemn mode but by the end of the noticias they’re waving at their cameras, laughing it up and the “anchors” are acting as if they’re your best of amigos. They also end their noticias with some “fluff” story. That’s the same nonsense the dumbed-down US English language “newscasts” do.
8. Again (because this kept coming up in our discussion), we’re all also tired of seeing funeral-black, gray and white clothing worn by their “celebrity” network personalities. It’s become so redundant and predictable. And it looks very conservative. To see so many Latinos in all funeral-black, what a bunch of fucking sheep! I guess some conservative loco/a at the network orders anyone who is to appear before their cameras: “You must wear all black or something black, por favor.” What’s “Latin” about all black? Nada.
None of mis amigos like corporate televisión/networks. We used to like Univisión and watched it frequently when it was less-corporate and less into the shallow and superficial Celebrity/(US) Pop Culture chisme it is today. We have no interest at all in this obsession that the sheeple have over so-called “celebrities” and what they’re doing. Who cares what they’re doing?! They’re just people like anybody else. Una amiga asked: How much longer is Univisión going to obsess over the Rivera Family?
Some of mis amigos said: At the rate things are going, they won’t be surprised to see Univisión become a US-English language network sometime in the future. That won’t surprise me either.
Culturally-Illiterate ABC News
So it’s not just me I’ve learned from talking with mis amigos and other people. Some people I’ve talked with have noticed that the talking heads at ABC News can’t even learn to pronounce Univisión correctly, which I and others consider very disrespectful. Univisión is not an English word but the talking heads at ABC News—being willfully illiterate en español—try to pronounce it as if it is an English word. Question: How do they pronounce “gracias” at ABC News? Do they say: gray-sigh-ass? One would think that an English-language network that hooks up with the #1 español language network en los Estados Unidos would at least know/learn how to correctly and authentically pronounce the name of the network they’re connected with, no? And learn a few other basis español words as well, no? Is that really that difficult for them? Apparently so. Or how difficult is it for one of the ABC News talking heads to ask Jorge Ramos to pronounce “Univisión” for them correctly? But that appears to be beyond the elementary abilities of the corporatists at ABC News. They prefer to remain willfully-ignorant and disrespectful of other languages and how words are pronounced authentically in international languages. But of course they want their precious US-English and the name of their network to be pronounced absolutely correctly. Typical arrogant US-Exceptional-ism superiority nonsense which so many of us are turned off by.
Un amigo asked: Are they still in love with their messiah Obama at Univisión, even though deportations of Latinos/Hispanos and others are at record levels under el hombre Obama? (Of the 438,421 total immigrants deported, 314,904 came from México, while another 46,866 came from Guatemala, 36,526 came from Honduras and 20,862 came from El Salvador.) And should Obama announce that he’s ending deportations, considering all the other lies this man has told, why would anyone believe a word he says?
As una amiga said, Univisión must think that Latinos/Hispanos are a bunch of toddlers. Univisión’s unspoken theme seems to be: “We must entertain the children—including the children in adult bodies—watching our network and treat them like children.” Univisión is going for the lowest common denominator, just like the dying US-English language networks. Again, why would they copy something that is not working for other dying-networks? Years ago I heard someone in the radio and television business say that television programming is geared for a 13-year old mentality. I think it’s about half that now and down to about a 5-7 year old mentality based on what we see on Univisión. For example, that short muchacho (I don’t know his name) who tries to act childish and silly by falling around on the sets of both El Gordo y la Flaca and on Sábado Gigante. You probably know who I’m talking about.
We’re also turned off by the many closet case Latino/Hispano Queer boys on Univisión (actors, musicians, and on-camera personalities etc.) who don’t have the courage to come out of that moldy closet. We all know they’re Queer boys but whenever they’re asked about their sexuality they give the typical denial and heteronormative response. They say, “No, I like the girls.” Yeah, sure you do amigo. You’re not fooling anyone so why don’t you stop lying to yourself and others. You like “the girls” only in the context that they give you la plata by buying your music or by supporting you as an actor, but you like the boys in bed but you won’t admit to that because you think that being honest with yourself and with people will harm your “career” and you still think there’s something wrong with being gay, no? Many people have suspected various Latino artists, musicians and on-camera personalities of being gay, but most continue to live a lie and remain in that unhealthy closet here in 2015. And all of Univisión’s programming and corporate ads are heteronormative. Straight couples everywhere. Straight couples y besos. Sí, claro.
I guess I and mis amigos are not the only people fed up with Univisión as I read that Venivisión-Caracas has decided to break their contract with Univisión, which was supposed to run until 2017. Venivisión became fed up with Univisión disrespecting their telenovelas. Other than Televisa en México, Venivisión-Caracas has been producing quite a lot of programmes for Univisión. But Univisión didn’t air them as they were produced by Venivisión. They edited them, cut sections out, skipped capítulos and showed them on one canal and abruptly moved the telenovela to another canal, which is very disrespectful of the original intent and the viewer. They were intended to be shown as they were produced. That’s many people’s complaint about how Yo Soy Betty, la Fea has been shown in The Empire/los Estados Unidos, in that some networks disrespect the telenovela by making lots of edits and cuts to get in more commercial time, to the point where the telenovela doesn’t make much sense anymore especially to first-time viewers, because so much is missing. Well that about covers what we talked about. La Desactivación De Univision. Chau.—el barrio rosa