[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The comedy program “Està Passant” broadcast on TV3, Catalan public television, has generated great controversy after the broadcast of a sketch in which the Virgen del Rocío and the Andalusian accent are parodied .

As can be seen in the full video of the program uploaded to its official YouTube channel, a character is shown who plays the Virgen del Rocío, dressed in a flamenco dress and speaking with an exaggerated Andalusian accent. The parody has impacted both the devotees of the Virgin and all Andalusians, since the mockery is directed at both groups.

Out of respect for all people with religious beliefs, in this article we are going to reproduce the dialogues of Toni Soler, Jair Domínguez and the actress Judit Martín.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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Update: Comedians who parodied the Virgen del Rocío are charged

On May 24, we learned that the Court 5 of Sant Feliu de Llobregat in Barcelona has named the three participants in the 'Virgen del Rocío' gag on TV3 as defendants. Judit Martín, Toni Soler and Jair Domínguez must testify on October 27 as those under investigation. The judge, Miriam Luque Ruiz, considers that the facts "may constitute a crime of libel." Due to this, she sees it appropriate to carry out the proceedings to "determine the nature and circumstances of the event." [/ Vc_column_text] [vc_column_text]

Reaction of the president of the PP of Andalusia

President PP of Andalusia, Juanma Moreno, has shown her rejection of this mockery that TV3 has made towards the values ​​that many people from our land share, who proudly carry the traditions that are part of the culture and roots of Andalusia.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html ]==[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]From the PP of Andalusia we believe that humor is one of the hallmarks of Andalusia, however, laughing at religious beliefs and an accent is something of the past. In Catalonia, Andalusia and throughout Spain, numerous religious faiths and people coexist in harmony who, with their own identity, enrich the common language, Spanish.

Making fun of all these groups on public television, for which the Generalitat of Catalonia is responsible, can create unnecessary social tensions, given that the number of those offended is in the millions.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]On April 12, President Juanma Moreno He posted a video on his Twitter account. where he states that he misses the voice of the Government of Spain in the controversy TV3 Virgin of Rocío.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=»https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI8fXyKqcnw»][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

What is TV3 and its relationship with the Generalitat of Catalonia

TV3 is the main public television channel in Catalonia. His full name is Televisió de Catalunya, and is managed by the Catalan Corporation of Mitjans Audiovisuals (CCMA), a public entity dependent on the Generalitat of Catalonia. TV3 was created in 1983 and, since then, it has been a reference channel in the autonomous community of Catalonia. It offers a varied programming that includes news, entertainment programs, sports, series and movies.

TV3 is financed and supervised by the Catalan regional government. The Generalitat has the responsibility of guaranteeing the independence and objectivity of TV3 content, as well as ensuring compliance with audiovisual regulations and respect for democratic and cultural values.

On its own website you can read the following declaration of intent:

«The service commitment that TV3 has with citizens is to offer quality programming in Catalan with the highest social impact, with ethical and moral values that create prestigious references and promote their own culture and language, and at the same time constantly encourage innovation and creativity. All this, with criteria of maximum efficiency in resources”.

According to media reports, TV3 refused to retract and apologize for the contents of the program. Not only that, but the chain itself has explained in a note collected by Europa Press that they intend to continue making more offensive parodies on religious themes. it's daily titled that «TV3 is insensitive and will "continue" with its mockery like that of the Virgen del Rocío«.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Reaction of Pere Aragonés, president of the Generalitat

There is also the circumstance that the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Pere Aragonés, had an Andalusian grandmother and boasted of his roots in a 2020 interview in El Nacional when he was vice president of the Government.

According to reports The Reason, Pere Aragonés has avoided condemning the TV3 parody of the Virgen del Rocío, saying that it is an electoral debate. important;margin-left: 1681299143074px !important;padding-top: 18px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 18px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;background-color: #f18f18f18 !important ;}»][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Who is Toni Soler

Toni Soler  (born 1965 in Matadepera, Barcelona) is a Catalan journalist, writer, screenwriter and television presenter, well known for his work on TV3, the public television channel of Catalonia. Although he has worked in various media throughout his career, he has achieved greater recognition on Catalan public television.

He has been the creator, scriptwriter and presenter of famous and audience-leading humor and political satire programs on TV3, such as «Polònia» and «Crackòvia». «Polònia» has been a highly successful program in Catalonia that premiered in 2006, characterized by its parodies of Catalan politicians and public figures of national and international scope.

Toni Soler has written several books and has collaborated as a columnist in various newspapers and magazines. He has also been awarded several awards throughout his career for his journalistic and humorous work. transmitting the discomfort of the Andalusians and a request for apology, to which Toni Soler himself soon responded.

This was the presenter's response from his official Twitter account: "Ets pots wait assured«, which in Spanish translates as «you can wait sitting«. It is a rare response in professionals who work in public channels, since they have specific regulations and are financed with money from all citizens.

Subsequently, the well-known Catalan communicator has protected the tweets on his account, in whose header image you can read a singular message. ″ img_size=»full»][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]As a result of the events, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, the presenter has protected the tweets from his account, which as of April 1 are seen like this:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=»2″ img_size=»full»][vc_column_text]According to calculations published in 16582 by the newspaper The Spanish, Toni Soler would have received 73 million euros from TV3 from 2010 to 2019 and its production company Absolute minority obtains 85% of its income from regional television.

TV3 is not the only important client of Toni Soler's production company, El Mundo has published that RTVE He has also carried out million-dollar orders as well as the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), an autonomous body attached to the Secretary of State for Culture. Almost always public institutions.

Nor is this the first judicial controversy in which Toni Soler is involved for his programs, in 2020 The Prosecutor's Office denounced for insults to Toni Soler for the 'gag' of the Mossos and the dogs.

Now Toni Soler, according to reports Today Aragon, "... warns by insulting the Virgen del Pilar as he did with the Virgen del Rocío«.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=».vc_custom_1681297834044{margin-top: 18px !important;margin-bottom: 18px !important;padding-top: 18px !important;padding-right: 18px !important;padding-bottom: 18px !important;padding-left: 18px !important;background-color: #f2f2f2 !important;}»][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Who is Jair Dominguez?

Jair Domínguez is a Spanish comedian, television presenter, musician and scriptwriter born in Barcelona in 1984. Known for his work on television programs such as "El intermedio" on La Sexta and "FAQS" on TV3, both with political and social content, as well He has participated in the program object of TV3 with the controversy related to the Virgen del Rocío and the mockery of the Andalusian accent.

Jair began his career performing monologues in bars and venues in Barcelona to later intervene in television programs. In 2015, he began collaborating on "El intermedio", a political and social satire program in which he performs humorous segments and critical analysis of current events on La Sexta together with the Greater Wyoming. He has worked at RAC1 (Godó group) from 2009 to 2017 and at TV3 from 2017 to the present. He has also collaborated with other media such as Ara Girona, 52, El Rosari de l'Aurora and in the famous comedy programs Polònia, Crackòvia, from the Minoria absoluta production company, other collaborations have been in La segona hora and Esguard.

In 2018, he created and presented his own television program called "El Foraster", in which he toured different towns in Catalonia and immersed himself in local life and customs, always from his particular humorous and critical point of view. He has also been a scriptwriter for several television shows, such as "Homo Zapping" and "El Club de la Comedia."

Jair Domínguez is considered one of the most prominent comedians in Catalonia and Spain today. He has an irreverent, witty and critical style that mixes humor with political and social analysis. He has been a candidate for the Ondas Awards. [/ Vc_column_text] [vc_column_text] After the indignant reaction generated by the controversial program about the Virgen del Rocío, he has stated the following:

"I have a 'timeline' full of crying Andalusians"

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=»16792″ img_size=»full»][vc_column_text]Having participated in the program alongside Toni Soler and the actress Judit Martín, he has also been denounced in the courts of Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona ) for an alleged crime of mocking religious feelings. He Penal Code establishes in its article 525, that the crime of scorn is punishable by a fine of eight months to one year for "offending the feelings of the members of a religious confession, publicly, orally, in writing or through any type of document, mocking their dogmas, beliefs." , rites or ceremonies, or they humiliate, also publicly, those who profess or practice them. his style of humor like when pretended to shoot the King (Minutes 20) or wished death to all the soccer players of the Spanish Soccer Team (The Economist).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=».vc_custom_1681297834044{margin-top: 18px !important;margin-bottom: 18px !important;padding-top: 18px !important;padding-right: 18px !important;padding-bottom: 18px !important;padding-left: 18px !important;background-color: #f2f2f2 !important;}»][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Who is Judit Martin?

Judith Martin (@pobrechavala on Instagram) is the actress who appears characterized as Virgen del Rocío in the mockery that takes place on the TV3 program. She is a professional with a long career in acting and humor who combines her interventions in the program with theater in different cities in Catalonia.

Born in Hospitalet de Llobregat in 1976, she studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, ​​specializing in photography and video, and later studied at the Massachusetts College of Art.

In 2004 he joined the group of comedians Compañía de Jabugo Humor, in Teatreneu, and two years later he became a member of Pallapupas, a project that brings laughter and entertainment to hospitalized boys and girls. She has worked on various stages in Catalonia, standing out for his talent in theatrical improvisation.

Since 2016, judith martin He has also excelled in productions by Minoría Absoluta (Toni Soler's production company), such as Poland, where he imitated personalities such as Irene Montero y Cristina Cifuentes. His interpretations of marta pascal, Eulalia Reguant y Gabriela Serra have been especially popular. In October 2021, she joined the program Está pasando, where she performs the section «The impromptu interview«.

In 2018 he received the Gat Perich International Humor Award in the actor category, in recognition of his outstanding work in the world of comedy.

The Catalan actress has also not apologized for her offensive interpretation of the Virgen del Rocío.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Reactions in civil society

Numerous people and institutions from civil society and all kinds of entities have spoken out about this content on public television in Catalonia. We reflect here some of the most outstanding.

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  • Andalusian cultural entities ask TV3 for "the restitution of the honor" of the Virgen del Rocío, among them, Daniel Salinero FECAC PresidentEl País).
  • La Rocío Brotherhood of Barcelona They demand an apology from TV3 for their offense against the Virgen del Rocío (Huelva Information). They consider that it "exceeds" the limits of freedom of expression and demand measures so that it does not repeat itself.
  • The journalist and communicator of Telecinco, Ana Rosa Quintana, has expressed his anger publicly over the parody (Telecinco).
  • La Matriz de Almonte Brotherhood has announced in a statement that it is studying legal actions to safeguard the right to honor violated, due to a misuse of the right to freedom of expression.
  • Journalist Carlos Herrera, one of the most listened to in Spain, is positioned from the COPE website forcefully about the controversy over the use of the Virgen del Rocío to make fun of Andalusians and Catholic believers.
  • From Catalonia, the Archbishop of Urgell and Co-Prince of Andorra, Joan Enric Vives, has declared that this program is "a serious lack of respect towards a religious symbol" (New life).
  • The World reports on April 11 that a derision complaint has been filed in a Barcelona court against the TV3 presenters for the content of the program.
  • La Sexta It stands out on its website how the references to the sexual life of the Virgen del Rocío have been one of the things that have raised the most indignation.
  • La Tarragona Episcopal Conference has expressed this Tuesday its rejection of the TV3 parody of the Virgen del Rocío: "It exceeds the sense of humor" (El País) and has issued a official note.
  • Andorran media report that the Archbishop of Urgell deeply regrets that TV3, a public television, is allowed to parody the Virgen del Rocío, because of what it means for Andalusians and also for many Catalans; a grotesque element of humor hurtful to religious sentiments.
  • The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau defends TV3 for the controversy with the Vírgen del Rocío and claims freedom of expression (ABC).
  • The director of 'The Spanish' Pedro J. Ramírez rates the TV3 sketch about the Virgen del Rocío in a clear way: "It is extremely rude" and adds "If I were the editor of TV3 I would fire this man for not having the humility to admit having offended people who did not want to offend."
  • Francisco Ortiz, from the Casa de Andalucía in Barcelona has stated that "Doing that parody on the dates that we are here is that they despise the Andalusian movement."
  • Gonzalo Bernardos, professor of economics at the University of Barcelona, ​​affirms that this attack by TV3 on the Virgen del Rocío and Andalusia "is no coincidence".
  • The founder of the Catalan Civil Society, Josep Ramon Bosch has stood out in his twitter account as Toni Soler not only does he not rectify, but he continues with his mockery demanding an apology.
  • The journalist, writer and political analyst, Pilar Cernuda, has written an opinion article in which he describes the program as "absolutely indecent, it hurts countless people who are not even Catholic but consider that respect for others is untouchable" (The Day of Valladolid).

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Some 50.000 Catalan pilgrims, preparing for the pilgrimage, believe that TV3 must apologize for his grievance to the Virgen del Rocío

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Withdrawal of TV3 sponsors

The religious mockery and blasphemies made from Toni Soler's program have also had consequences in reference to TV3 sponsors. It is informed The Objective, Borges and Haribo, have withdrawn their sponsorship of the late show Està Passant.