Thursday, September 13, 2007
No Big Deal
This is Francisco de Narváez, billionaire businessman, national deputy and candidate for governor of the province of Buenos Aires. Like many candidates, his face has been plastered around Buenos Aires for months, although it is odd that so many of his posters have been put up in Capital Federal where residents are not actually eligible to vote for him. Perhaps he is after the commuter vote.
(To clarify for readers outside of Argentina, the city internationally known as Buenos Aires is legally/politically known as Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. Often referred to by residents as Capital Federal, the city is politically independent from the surrounding province of Buenos Aires.)
Anyways, Francisco de Narváez always seemed like just another political candidate until I saw this campaign commercial on television a couple nights ago.
The guy has a neck tattoo! What is even more amazing is that de Narváez is running as a center-right candidate in union with Mauricio Macri's PRO party. How is this not a major problem for his campaign? Are wacko Christians and overzealous moms across the province not mortified? Just look at it!
To be clear, I am not some anti-tattoo weirdo. (I actually love that show Miami Ink, which for some reason is on all the time here in Buenos Aires.) While I realize that I am being completely ethnocentric by applying inherently prudish American values to the Argentinian political arena, it is not much of a stretch to say that people with neck tattoos are usually not the most viable political candidates. Bonus points to Argentina for not freaking out about it.