The public heckling of key Victory Front (FpV) politician Carlos Zannini has sparked national conversation about escraches — a word that has no real English translation but its verb form, escrachar, means to negatively expose or publicly accuse someone in order to humiliate them by making their actions known.
Now, a new video made by the Macri-sympathizing group “La Solano Lima” is circulating and puts the spotlight on escraches, although not in the way you might think. (It should be noted that Macri’s government itself has publicly rejected Zannini’s escraches and voiced its opposition to the practice.) The video is named “Eskrache” (“escrache” with a “K” for “Kirchner”) in order to mock what they see as the justified harassment of Kirchnerite politicians and sympathizers. See for yourselves:
You can hear the following lyrics: “¿Y qué esperaban, que los aplaudan, que los alienten con palmaditas sobre la espalda? ¿Y qué esperaban un monumento? No haría falta porque su cara ya es de cemento.” These translate to: “And what did they expect, that they would be applauded, that they would be cheered and patted on the back? And did they expect a monument? That wouldn’t be necessary, because [Cristina’s] face is already made of cement [Botox shade].”
Ouch. The video ends with with an image of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner cackling, accompanied by the end to the oddly cheery and catchy song.
Many former Kirchnerite public officials (who are still members of the FpV) are currently embroiled in legal battles over a variety of corruption scandals. But while anger should be expected from Argentines, escraches should not. Yes, there are several corrupt political figures walking among our streets, but humiliating them will hardly change the status quo of the country and really does everyone a disservice. Methods of protest should ideally evolve into a more specific, progressive and goal-oriented type of activism.