Among a cluster of other surprising picks for his new cabinet, Macri has tapped over-sized bespectacled penguin and possible subreddit moderator Pablo Avelluto to be the next Minister of Culture. Though he hasn’t stirred the pot in a while, back in 2013 Avelluto sparked all kinds of umbrage with tweets that supported military coups, minimized Argentina’s brutal dictatorship and threw public schoolteachers under the bus. In possibly the weirdest move yet, he hasn’t deleted any of them.
The thing about Avelluto’s incendiary remarks is that they take a little bit of context. Here are just a taste of the unhinged hot takes from the minister-to-be along with translations and explanations below the tweet:
Los militares hicieron mucho daño. Entre otras cosas, nos legaron a Cabandié.
— Pablo Avelluto (@pabloavelluto) October 12, 2013
“The military [dictatorship] did a lot of damage. Among other things they left us Cabandié.”
That would be Juan Cabandié, the Kirchnerite congressman representing Buenos Aires who was actually born in the clandestine detention center that Argentina’s dictatorship used as a torture chamber. The dictatorship disappeared and probably killed both of Cabandié’s parents. Wait, you’re not talking about that Cabandié, are you Avelluto?
Sí, Cabandié. Es muy probable que sus padres biológicos hayan cometido actos delictivos aunque la represión criminal los haya dejado impunes
— Pablo Avelluto (@pabloavelluto) October 10, 2013
“Yes, Cabandié. It is very probable that his biological parents had committed criminal acts although criminal repression had let them go unpunished.”
So let’s get this straight. You’re saying that Cabandié is one of the worst things that came from the dictatorship, his parents were probably criminals and so were the people who “let them go unpunished.” Evidently the fact that Cabandié’s parents died was not punishment enough, so Avelluto decided to bring it up to their son on Twitter 20 years later. This is the type of trolling you would expect from a highly caffeinated 11-year-old in a YouTube comments section.
— Pablo Avelluto (@pabloavelluto) January 9, 2013
— Pablo Avelluto (@pabloavelluto) January 9, 2013
Sabrina Ajmechet: “I believe that overthrowing [the Kirchners] would be a mistake as big as Libertadora.”
Avelluto: “Ay, my favorite coup! What bad press it has. To the four [winds,]* we would have loved to be there.”
Sabrina Ajmechet: “It was the biggest stupidity of the traditional parties. They made it so that today we have peronism.”
Avelluto: “Yes, if you want, but we would have been on the side of the liberators. @TPTuit Sure. Me too.”
Avelluto and his partner are discussing the Libertadora Revolution, a military and civilian uprising in 1955 that ended in the violent overthrow of Argentina’s iconic president, Juan Domingo Peron. Essentially, Avelluto is calling the deposition of Argentina’s most worshipped political figure his “favorite coup,” and saying that he would have loved to be there on the side of the “liberators.” He loves this coup so much, that he professes his love *a las cuatro, or “to the four winds,” which is pretty redundant when it’s already on Twitter, amirite?
A esta altura de las cosas, la dictadura me parece tan irrelevante como Agustín Rossi.
— Pablo Avelluto (@pabloavelluto) November 4, 2013
“At this stage of things, I think the dictatorship is as irrelevant as [Kirchnerite representative] Augustin Rossi.”
Avelluto is all in his office like, “Note to self: minimizing the dictatorship possibly a bad idea.”
¿Ya presentó su renuncia Lino Barañao?
— Pablo Avelluto (@pabloavelluto) September 23, 2013
“Has Lino Barañao announced his resignation already?”
This tweet came in September 2013, after political pundit Jorge Lanata claimed that the government’s “appropriation” of the National Genetic Date Bank would politicize the agency and create problems with false identification. Barañao, who was Minister of Science and Technology at the time, rejected that claim. Barañao is the only minister that will hold on to his office when Macri takes over, so on December 10, Avelluto and the man he trolled will be cabinet-mates. Awkward.
Y si echamos a todos los docentes y empezamos de nuevo? Ok, no a todos, sólo a los que creen que hacer paros sirve para algo.
— Pablo Avelluto (@pabloavelluto) February 25, 2013
“And what if we throw out all of the teachers and start again? Ok, not all, just the ones who think that protests serve for something.”
In February 2013, public schoolteachers began a strike that would last a record 11 days to protest low wages. I don’t think Avelluto would really want to throw out all the teachers who are in favor of civil disobedience, but rather, was just trying to get a rise out of people. What do you call someone who does that again?
“Nosotros de Europa lo único que recibimos son reclamos” dice CFK. A Videla le pasaba lo mismo.
— Pablo Avelluto (@pabloavelluto) February 12, 2015
“‘The only thing we get from Europe are complaints,’ CFK says. The same thing happened to Videla.”
Jorge Rafael Videla was the leader of the Argentine military dictatorship and President from 1976 to 1981. So he’s kind of like Argentina’s Hitler. Assuming Hitler isn’t still living in Argentina because then Hitler would be like Argentina’s Hitler. I digress…. Avelluto is comparing Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to Videla. Troll level: Glenn Beck.
El peronismo es un alucinógeno poderoso. El primer Perón, Cámpora, el segundo Perón, Isabel, Menem, Duhalde, Kirchner. Elija su droga.
— Pablo Avelluto (@pabloavelluto) January 14, 2010
“Peronism is a powerful hallucinogen. First [term] Peron, [former President Héctor] Cámpora, second [term] Peron, Isabel, Menem, Duhalde, Kirchner. Choose your drug.”
This isn’t the only time Avelluto has used a drug analogy. When he appeared on TV Channel 678, Avelluto stated, “I believe that anti-Kirchnerism was a drug that had wide acceptance in Argentina, and I at some point fell into that temptation.” If he’s really off the drugs, then it’s time to come up with something better than his weak mea culpa. “I apologize for whoever has been offended by my discourse on Twitter,” just doesn’t cut it when you’ve been jabbering about how you’re going to change the culture of divisiveness in Argentina, and I can still embed all of these flaming missives under your name.