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The Peronist Version of ‘The Lion King’ You Didn’t Know You Needed

The extremely elaborate video portrays 'El Rey Perón'

By | [email protected] | September 16, 2019 10:08am

the lion kingPhoto via Vanity Fair

I believe there’s a direct correlation between the level of constant crisis that Argentina endures and the quality of creative work that is developed as a result. Honestly, there’s no other way to explain it. Maybe it’s because we’re all under so much pressure that our neurons somehow manage to go above and beyond in order to survive? Or could it be that since our Internet is so bad here, we’re forced to come up with our own creative ideas and execute them with the little resources on hand? Or maybe it’s just because Argentina is the greatest goddamn country on the planet. Yeah, that’s it.

If you’re sick of hearing about “real” politics – I mean the upcoming presidential elections and all of the hoopla that comes with them – but still want to dip your toes into the waters of political propaganda 2.0, I’ve got the thing for you. Also, do you like Disney movies? Great! All of your favorite things in one place, then. Stop everything you’re doing and watch El Rey Perón – a 15-minute long mash-up of Peronism and The Lion King – conveniently uploaded to YouTube.

Just like in the original film, everyone has their place in the animal kingdom. Of course Scar – the primary baddie – is the anti-Peronista, saying “One day all of this impoverishing Peronismo will end” at the start of the clip. “When I’m president, there won’t be any more ratas and there’ll also be pobreza cero.” I’ll give you five seconds for you to guess who Scar is supposed to represent in Argentina’s 2019 political landscape (hint: it rhymes with Schmauricio Schmacri).

Enter Mufasa, aka Juan Domingo himself, who is eventually accompanied by Simba – Alberto Fernández – and as the sun rises over the savannah, Perón says “everything that the light touches is our kingdom.” When little Simba asks him about the faraway land shroud in darkness, he replies that the country is divided: “there are the people who work, and the people who live off of those who work.” Sick burn, Mufasa.

I won’t give you the full play-by-play – c’mon, just watch the damn video, you know you want to – but look out for Zazu as Victor Hugo, Nala as CFK (lol), the trio of hyenas led by María Eugenia Vidal, and a really, really Argentine version of “hakuna matata” that is definitely not something you’d want a child to repeat.

Oh Argentina, never change.