Sunday, April 30, 2006

Metida de Pata

Diego Armando Maradona has become a deity in Argentine culture for his left foot, which finds its way into his mouth as much as against a No. 5 soccer ball.

Diego recently appeared in a television commercial promoting a Brazilian soft drink wearing the jersey of the seleção. Imagine Michael Jordan wearing a CCCP warm-up during the Cold War.

In response to his critics, Diego said this:
“All the faggots that are talking now because I put on a Brazil jersey are just that, ‘faggots.’ With the pardon of those people, who I respect very much. That being said, I would never wear the jersey of River [Plate, the rival club of Diego’s beloved Boca Juniors].”

The reaction in the press has been mild bemusement.

7 Comments:

Blogger miss tango in her eyes said...

Do you think he receive a bonus for wearing the shirt? Or that he actually chose to wear it himself? Maybe nothing else was clean that day? Or maybe he was just having a fat day.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Brandán Buenosayres said...

As I understand, he made $150,000 for the stunt - it's a World Cup-themed soft drink ad.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Brandán Buenosayres said...

And here's a link to the ad.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous oso said...

I've always found "faggot" to be an aggressive translation of "puto," but it is definitely a common one.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its the truth: ninguem faz igual.

aguante la fama y diego.

el g

5:11 AM  
Blogger Brandán Buenosayres said...

But here "puto" can be equally agressive. (I don't have a good sense of how it's used in Mexico.)
Not elegant, certainly, but the only word I could think of that preserves both the force and the original meaning of the word.

10:02 AM  
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10:41 PM  

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