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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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Peter Capusotto y sus videos

Peter Capusotto y sus videos

Satire, Identity, and Spectacle During Kirchner’s Argentina

(p.97) Chapter 5 Peter Capusotto y sus videos
Satiric TV in the Americas

Paul Alonso

Oxford University Press

Peter Capusotto y sus videos is an Argentinean satirical show that criticizes the entertainment industry in social and political terms. Hosted by actor and comedian Diego Capusotto, the popular show is broadcast on TV Pública, the state channel in Argentina. Through fictional characters and a documentary/journalistic style, Capusotto ridicules celebrity culture and targets social stereotypes. Chapter 5 analyzes the role of the show in deconstructing and questioning key aspects of the local urban identity reflected in popular culture, more specifically in rock music (rock nacional), a genre with a particular evolution and relevance in the country. Through the analysis of Bombita Rodríguez, Violencia Rivas, and Micky Vainilla, some of Capusotto’s most famous characters, this chapter illustrates how the show’s satirical approach demystifies Argentinean identities that exist within the realm of media spectacle while exposing sociopolitical tensions after the 2001 socioeconomic crisis and during the Kirchner era.

Keywords:   Argentina, Peter Capusotto, Diego Capusotto, Pedro Saborido, Argentinean satire, rock nacional, Kirchner, Bombita Rodríguez, Violencia Rivas, Micky Vainilla

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