Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Addams Family

The Spanish are wringing their hands over this picture that appeared recently in the local Spanish papers after being leaked from the U.S.  In it, the Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, appears with his wife, their two daughters, and, of course, the Obamas.

The word around town is that the Prime Minister struck a deal with the Spanish press years ago not to publish pictures of his children,  but now that this one has been leaked, all bets are off.  The poor girls will be photographed mercilessly.

But some say that the real reason everyone's upset is that they cannot believe that the Spanish teens were allowed to meet with the President of the United States in Goth attire.  Sticklers for protocol, many Spaniards are embarrassed by a Prime Minister who wouldn't instruct his family to dress properly for such an important picture.

My brilliant 20-something Spanish teacher (who has just completed a 10 year Goth phase herself) sees it slightly differently: why, she asks, when there are so many beautiful goth clothes and shoes available, did they have to represent us in those goth boots? 


Nathalie said...

It is funny how traumatizing this picture is to Spanish people, especially those of more conservative leanings. They're terrified that Americans will associate this picture with their image of Spain. What they don't know is that, in the US, we assume everybody in power is going to have embarrassing and non-photogenic family members and sooner or later these people come out of the woodwork.

Here's an intro to the characters in the reality soap opera Hola!, if you want to dig further into Spanish popular culture and the media.

Mental P Mama said...

LOL. I almost posted that too. And did you see the one with the Obama's and the first couple of Cameroon? Too funny. Gives awkward a new name! Love you!!!

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