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Satiric TV in the AmericasCritical Metatainment as Negotiated Dissent$
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Paul Alonso

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190636500

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190636500.001.0001

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Brozo’s El Mañanero

Brozo’s El Mañanero

Televisa’s Grotesque Clown as Transgressive Journalism in Mexico

(p.76) Chapter 4 Brozo’s El Mañanero
Satiric TV in the Americas

Paul Alonso

Oxford University Press

Brozo, el payaso tenebroso (the creepy clown)—a misogynistic, alcoholic, coarse, and marginal character—is one of the most popular and influential “journalists” in Mexico. His show, El Mañanero, has been broadcast on Mexican TV since 2000, when the 71-year regime of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) ended. Chapter 4 analyzes the carnivalesque role of Brozo as a subversive and profane court jester able to confront with impunity the elites at the heart of the Mexican power de facto: Televisa, one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world, which has a problematic adhesion to political power. Connecting with the Mexican tradition of clowns and satiric underdogs, this chapter also examines Brozo’s media performance and discursive configuration in relation to the history of institutionalized corruption and violence against journalists in Mexico.

Keywords:   Mexico, Brozo, Victor Trujillo, Televisa, Mexican journalism, Mexican humor, El Mañanero

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