Baltasar blackface in fact is very troubling to thoughtful Spaniards.
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And apropos of nothing, I thought I would report that Calgary Airport has neither body scanners nor sex-positive pat downs, and I even wore my skinny jeans in preparation...
I'm hoping for a full grope later in the week, though, in Newark or Chicago.
If you only travel back to Spain again you combine them: here's Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos happily participating in the traditional Reyes Magos del Oriente, dressing up as the Three Kings and delivering kids gifts at Christmas. He chose the blackface Baltasar character. Double all caps ARGH ARGH!
I wonder both who will see this comment, and who will get the reference.
No. Why did I suggest that...
The second thing is not a bidet (notice the faucet well above it) but a place where whoever wants to clean the bathroom can fill a bucket and then get rid of the dirty water. They've become less common here over time.
In the cabalgata de reyes in Madrid (a massive Christmas parade) I have seen an actual black person portraying Baltasar a few times, of which I approve not because of racism, but because it's more realistic.
You want shit that creeps Americans the fuck out? Then you have to go to Easter:
Bwahahahaha!!!! I want to go just for the terrified looks of the US tourists.
Catalonia also has a pooping yule log that poops presents when you beat it. Google image it, and you'll see a lot of logs with faces and hats, with blankets over them. People buy a succession of sizes so they appear to grow from feeding them, and so they have room for all the presents.
I think they're hilarious.
Just saying, whoever decided to purchase a bunch of those and pose them frolicking among the aspirin packages was at the very least not terribly racially sensitive...
However, there was also the joyous spectacle of an old, wiry, bearded Dutch man, high as fuck, riding his bike around and around the city square and waving to everyone while screaming the lyrics of whatever reggae song he was playing on the huge boombox in his bike trailer.
I'll love you forever because you got that reference. Honaids!!
Which, duh, joke's on me - he's a footballer after all...
I must not know any thoughtful Spaniards then. Which is odd, considering that they constitute 99% of the people I interact on any given day. Oh sure, I've heard news stories now and again about the Baltasar "issue", usually coming from the same people who recently informed us that Cinderella was sexist and shouldn't be read to schoolchildren. Generally speaking, these "issues" are met with rolling eyes. Having said that, I suppose by now there are enough actual black people in Spain so that it would be simple enough just to give the job to a black man and be done with it. It would look more realistic, at least insofar as a black man wearing a suit straight out of a Persian fairy tale can look "realistic".
Sergio Ramos is not the most thoughtful of guys, even within the low standards of football. I much prefer Casillas ;-)
You may be right about the Spanish eyerolling being deserved, and it's a fair hit that I do spend a lot of time with the sorts of folks still able to get worked up over the banishment of the Moors and such.
@34, is that some rojiblanca resentment talking? ;-) Let's just make our peace with them being part of La Furia Roja, ok?