La Comay Boycott and The Daily Show‏

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La Comay Boycott, The Daily Show and the Limits of Liberalism
CONTENTS
* “The Daily Show Does Segment on WAPA’s “SuperXclusivo” and Ignores #BoicotLaComay,”
Latino Rebels (December 14, 2012)
* “Comedy Central Responds to Rebels About Daily Show ‘La Comay’ Segment.” Latino Rebels (December 14, 2012)
The Daily Show Does Segment on WAPA’s “SuperXclusivo” and Ignores #BoicotLaComay
Latino Rebels (December 14, 2012)
To view Daily Show segment on La Comay, click here
Last night on The Daily Show, correspondent Wyatt Cenac filed his last report ever with a segment from Puerto Rico about WAPA-TV’s “SuperXclusivo” show, which has recently faced a very public boycott after the show’s puppet host, La Comay, made comments about dead publicist José Enrique Gómez. Advertisers continue to pull out from the show, as shown by this image (right below) taken from the Boicoit La Comay page. The Facebook page has gotten over 70,000 likes in about eight days.
Looks like The Daily Show never got that memo.
(Last night’s Daily Show segment on La Comay) should have probably been broadcast a few weeks before, since it makes no mention about the boycott, and in the end turns out to be a fluff piece about La Comay. It doesn’t do much to present a full picture, and it was obvious to us that the “SuperXclusivo” producers were in on the joke.
Too bad The Daily Show didn’t take the time to learn a little bit more about the recent events on the island. The timing of the segment speaks to how out of touch TDS can sometime be when it comes to talking about events. But hey, when Jon Stewart opens the piece with words like “almost America,” you knew you weren’t going to get much. Fact is, The Daily Show is a comedy show, but more importantly, it has become so successful because it at least tries to be quasi-journalists when it makes fun of the US political world. In this case, it could have done a bit more homework about La Comay.
Last night’s segment just didn’t feel right, given the island’s recent events. We have reached out to both Comedy Central and Viacom to ask if they were even aware of what has been going on in Puerto Rico. We doubt they know about it, but you would have thought someone on The Daily Show could have paused for a minute and rethought the timing of the segment. We would expect that once more and more people in Puerto Rico find out about this segment, they might not be so happy about the feature. Enough with the “bochinche.”
And for those who say that La Comay is just a Puerto Rico version of The Daily Show, yeah right. Don’t even go there.
Comedy Central Responds to
Rebels About Daily Show “La Comay” Segment
Latino Rebels (December 14, 2012)
After running a story this morning about The Daily Show not mentioning the current boycott of WAPA-TV’s “SuperXclusivo” program (the top-rated show in Puerto Rico) during a segment with Wyatt Cenac, we reached out to Comedy Central for comment.
We requested to see if someone would speak to the segment, which shows Cenac interviewing La Comay and basically celebrating her brand. We received the following response from their Comedy Central’s corporate communications team:
Last night was the show’s last episode of the year and they are currently on hiatus until January 7th.
This is the same response that Comedy Central gave ABC News, who linked back to our original story. So we guess that no one wants to answer the question. Considering that The Daily Show is known for asking the tough questions, it is disappointing that they won’t provide any additional details as to why the segment aired without any mention of the current boycott and how the show is losing advertisers daily due to controversial comments made by the show last Tuesday about the death of publicist José Enrique Gómez. Sorry, we’re on vacation.
In the meantime, according to the Boicot La Comay Facebook page (70K+ likes in about eight days), the following brands pulled their advertising from the show today: Ford Puerto Rico and Kia Motors Puerto Rico. These two companies have joined a growing list of advertisers who had quickly walked away from the show, which according to reports, is now losing over a million dollars each week in revenue.
While many think that the boycott is not going to last, today it received a major boost when the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators revealed its public support for the boycott. Here is what Minnie González, a Connecticut state representative of Puerto Rico and the NHCSL President, told El Nuevo Día (translation is ours):
No hay espacio para programación ofensiva y maliciosa que daña la imagen de los latinos en general y en el caso específico de puertorriqueños, particularmente cuando eso proviene de nuestra misma comunidad. (There is no place for this type of offensive and malicious programming that damages the image of Latinos in general and Puerto Ricans, specifically, especially when it comes from our own community.)
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