Friday, March 09, 2007


Each fortnight, Private Eye prints a "Scenes You Seldom See" cartoon. Some of them are quite amusing, though you would struggle to put the one above into this category.

Anyway, here are three Scenes You Seldom See While Travelling In South America :

1. Hello, my name is Maureen. I have a round-the-world air ticket. So far I have been to the Ukraine, Namibia, Azerbaijan and Mongolia ...... No, I have never even set foot in India, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand or Fiji.

2. Hello, my name is Terry and I have a regional accent.

3. Hello, my name is Tom and I´m gay.

Number 3 is not just unusual - it is positively non-existent.


Blogger FraVernero said...

Nobody's perfect... I remember a very strong homophobia in most of the visions we get from the continent... at the same time, it goes hand in hand with the remainders of a macho culture still very much alive, even in (or specially in) Socialist Cuba.
Some things take a lot to change...

By the way, we've had Slavoj Zizek in Compostella last Friday! A very unusual sight. Really LOVED to hear him!

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Blogger paddington said...

My inference was not homophobia in South America (although of course that exists too), but a latent homophobia in the gringo travelling community. It´s strange - I haven´t heard many homophobic remarks, but then I´ve heard even fewer people prepared to say they are gay. Unless, of course, there really are no gay people in South America.

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