Carlos Álvarez on his parody of the first lady: “It seems that political humor is uncomfortable for this government”

the comedian Carlos Alvarez has been the target of harsh criticism for making a parody of the nation’s first lady and offer to make one of the women’s minister.

In an exclusive interview with Timethe comic actor defends himself against the accusations and points out that ministers should focus on dealing with the problems facing the country and not in attacking a political humorist.

“I have made parodies of first ladies, ministers for 39 years and this has never happened to us.”


“We seem to perceive that there is a very worrying level of intolerance against humor and the press.”

– How do you take the reactions against you?

Such a reaction from the Minister for Women, the Minister for Culture and also the Minister for Justice is disproportionate, and now the opinion of the Prime Minister Hannibal Torres.


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Four high government officials against a parody, against a national satire of what politics itself is. If we take the name of the first lady, it is because she is in the news, she goes to the Oversight Commission, she goes to the prosecution for the alleged crimes of influence peddling of his sister-in-law, daughter, sister, but it seems that political humor is uncomfortable for the current government. When I have made parodies of first ladies, ministers for 39 years, this has never happened to us.

– Are there other interests behind these actions?

We seem to perceive with concern that there is a very worrying level of intolerance against humor and against the press with the alleged gag law or censorship against the press because when they publish leaked information they ask for judicial sanction. Now it’s the mood and we wonder Who’s next?

– Have you received threats?

The threat was not later, but was in real time because the interview with the character of Lila Paredes was barely over, minutes The statement from the Minister of Women came out.

I spoke out and then I received a lot of insults and threats even against my life. Is it worth getting like this for a parody? Is it forbidden to laugh and have a good mood?


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Is it forbidden for humor to be an escape valve for the tensions to which politicians subject us?

– Is this the first time you have received this type of attack?

It is the first time that I feel the pressure of a Government very rigorously. I have had problems with some characters and we have been on the verge of a trial, but it is the first time that four Ministers of State are concerned about political humor when we see that there are problems with women in different parts of the country for example in Pataz (Trujillo) where some people have been hung as if they were animals and flogged because they are supposedly “witches.

– They did not speak there?

The Ministers of State did not speak out about these events, but when they touch the president’s wife, they do go out there to testify and say that there is discrimination, lack of respect, racism and As a comedian I have been bullied and it seems that there is a kind of selective discrimination”. In other words, for my friends, allies and partners nothing happens, but for those who touch my people we beat them up and the people who are vulnerable, it is invisible.

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Carlos Álvarez on his parody of the first lady: “It seems that political humor is uncomfortable for this government”