Comedy duo (formerly trio) Martes y Trece made us laugh a lot in the 80s and 90s with their hilarious TV shows, many of them, issued on New Year’s Eve. Whether it was for his parodies, like the one with Isabel Pantoja Y Encarna Sanchez heading to Mallorca, or by personal characters, such as the folkloric Paca Carmona. However, there is a number by Josema Yuste and Millán Salcedo that at the time it made us laugh a lot, but because we were unaware of the social scourge behind this sketch. We are talking about the well-known “my husband beats me”.
It was on the night of December 31, 1991 that we saw him for the first time. Josme Yuste imitated the sexologist Elecha Ochoa in the program let’s talk about sexrenamed Let’s talk about it. In the purest style of a talk show, Elena gave the word to the character of María Ascensión del Calvario, played by Millán Salcedo, who appeared with a black eye in front of the camera, and stood up as “spokesperson for the association of battered women in Spain.” She then began to say that her husband hit her a lot, and she began to cry, with her usual noises and tics.
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It was a sketch that was only a couple of minutes long, but it’s still going strong, they still talk about it on many occasions, they wonder about it. This Sunday, Josema visited The rockNuria Roca’s program on laSexta, to promote her new play, the party pooper, and debated the limits of humor. Yuste defended that everyone should mark their own. And in that sense, he explained: “30 years ago we did a sketch that was not about abuse; It was bullshit from a lady that I was doing: a presenter of a sexual program and, in no case, that came to say that it is promoted. Absolutely. You cannot compare the Spain of now with that of 30 years ago”, he reflected.
As you say, today we are aware of the problem of sexist violence, which was once classified as a “crime of passion” or similar. And for this reason, Yuste himself has explained on other occasions that he would never make humor on such a subject again. A few months ago, in an interview with News from Gipuzkoapromoting precisely the same work as yesterday, assured that “It would never occur to me to do that now, never, never, obviously.” In other interviews he has talked about how humor was made from a more unconscious perspective, or from the inexperience of youth.
In 2003, Millán Salcedo publicly apologized for that number in his artistic memoirs called ‘En mis trece’, just twelve years after the issue. There, the humorist was already aware that that was not right, without the need to look back 30 years, as Josema says.
“I played a battered woman, a parody that I should never have done. I argue in my defense that in those days the terrifying information that we have today did not exist. At no time did I want to laugh at such a tragedy. If anyone thought I did it maliciously, he doesn’t know me. Nothing is further from my intention. Had it been today, when we have so many unfortunate examples, it would not have even crossed my mind.s”, he stated in this work.
It is true that in the past humor was made about people based on their physical and intellectual abilities, on their sexual orientation or, as in this case, because of social ills such as sexist violence. But not for that reason they stop being used as a throwing weapon, and more, in the era of social networks.
For example, in 2018 Dani Mateo was in the spotlight for an intermission sketch in which he blew his nose on the Spanish flag. And both Josema Yuste and Millán Salcedo charged him publicly. “Personally, as a gag, I don’t find it funny. I think he’s in trouble, but hey, he’ll know.”, Millán told El País. Josema, for her part, said on the program It’s Federico’s morningfrom EsRadio, assured that the ga of the flag was “a sovereign asshole” and that he offended millions of people, including himself. And then the social networks charged against him, recalling the number of macho violence in question, as well as some of his statements in The Sixth Night in which he cried out because the humorist should be free and make the humor he wants.
So that, 30 years have passed since that number, and we still talk about it. Journalists, spectators, and the protagonists themselves. It’s just that some see it as something truly unfortunate, while others simply consider it a product of its time.
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