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Peru: Apology demands as Chilean TV mocks Amazonian natives
Aroldo Miveco on Chilean TV (Frecuencia Latina)
By Nick Rosen
August 7, 2012
A Peruvian Congressman is calling on a Chilean television network to apologize after it mocked a native of Peru’s Amazon.
Congressman Eduardo Nayap Kinin asked that the network apologize or face a possible financial penalty after it mocked Aroldo Miveco, a member of the Bora ethnic group.
Miveco is a guide and has been linked to an actress appearing on the Chilevision reality show “Amazon: Lost in the jungle,” where he currently works.
Miveco has become something of a media sensation in Chile, with a Chilean T.V. network bringing him back to Santiago. Before he left the airport, though, he was intercepted by reporters.
“You don’t understand? If I speak to you in some Peruvian language, you would understand,” one reporter told Miveco.
On the show Intrusos, which airs on La Red, a host said, “We have a real Bora, but what hasn’t been revealed is that they’re all full of lice,” while a reporter sent to Amazon mocked the Bora and their way of life.
Nayap said, “The Amazonian tribes are very hospitable, and my Bora brothers have always opened the doors, apparently, to Chilean people who have had no respect for our customs and idiosyncrasies, and who have made a circus defaming our values.”
Nayap, who is an Awajun native himself, told Andina that the Chilean T.V. show had offended the whole Peruvian Amazon and could damage its image internationally.
Update: On Tuesday morning, Loreto Regional President Yvan Vasquez said that his government was working to have the cast and crew of "Amazon: Lost in the jungle" expelled from the region.
Update: On Tuesday afternoon, the cast and crew of "Amazon: Lost in the jungle" fled Loreto, according to reports in Peru21. Meanwhile, Chile's ambassador in Peru extended his country's apologies.
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Total coments: 9
Commented By: americorps
On: August 7, 2012. 3:39 pm
I think this is a bunch of crap. Yes, I think the Chilean spot was offensive and beyond humor, but if the Peruvians want me to take their charge seriously, then they should be looking at their own programming. YoSoy refers to anyone under 165 CM as an oompaloompa. The show of humor constantly makes fun of blacks and gays and women and I can not tell you how many Chileans jokes I have heard on Peruvian TV. If they are trying to complain that what the Chileans did is wrong, then they should not do it themselves.
Commented By: Gritch
On: August 7, 2012. 5:42 pm
Americorps, I agree with you. Also, I saw a Wongs Fiestas Patrias parade once with "jungle natives" who were nothing more than Limeños in grass skirts making fun of the people they were suppose to be representing, all the while making fools of themselves and showing a complete ignorance of the culture. (Maybe Wongs does this every year, I don't know. I haven't watched that parade since then, I was so disgusted).
Commented By: Sandra Arthur
On: August 7, 2012. 7:02 pm
To make a mockery of an Amazon's native is just plain ignorance! which is not the same as making a joke about something general
Commented By: Nekky sync
On: August 7, 2012. 7:28 pm
The amazon guy is pretty ripped and all to me. Good lookin bora bro!
Commented By: bhak1
On: August 7, 2012. 9:47 pm
This just in: Limeños outraged by Chileans mocking Peruvian natives, "Only we are allowed to do that" said one young pituco.
Commented By: Fontus
On: August 8, 2012. 12:04 pm
As usual Chile making news for bad things they do or say against Peru. Year 2012 and some people in Chile still dont know how to respect and be considerated with their neighbor, eventhough there have so many business between them...
Commented By: Renzo
On: August 8, 2012. 1:58 pm
If you have a TV show, and you have a foreign guest from a different ethnicity, you don't mock him or her on the basis of culture, race, appearance or beliefs unless you want to inflame his/her community. We do not invite chilean nationals and put them on peruvian national tv for them to be mocked by us. Yes our society might not be perfect, but that is no excuse for the behavior displayed by our chilean counterparts towards us. No jungle for Chile!
Commented By: NYpoodle
On: August 8, 2012. 4:05 pm
I don't have a problem with Chileans making fun of Peruvians, because Peruvians always make fun of them, except the indigenous community. That community is vulnerable, and what the Chilean reporter said was absolutely degrading and vulgar. One thing is mocking, but what she did was distasteful. I don't care if she mocked the president, the cabinet shuffle, or something dumb like that, but she is attacking a race, not just indigenous Peruvians, but Brazilians, Bolivians, Ecuadorians, etc, so a lot of people should be offended by that. The people in Lima nit pick, but this is something worth it, and they themselves should quit mocking indigenous Latin America
Commented By: Proud Peruvian
On: August 9, 2012. 1:57 pm
Dear people....when you have a dispute between neighbors....at the most.,the people on the same block could be expected to put their two bits worth. But when you have a busybody from a different planet saying: "This is a bunch of crap"..(arrogant comment)...how is that any different from our Amazon-less Chilean people condescending our Bora natives?? Some people take great license giving their opinion on an issue that only concerns two neighbors. "Renzo" said it best.
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