May 22, 2013
Del Sel apologizes for CFK rant
Miguel del Sel, the former comedian and last year’s runner-up in the Santa Fe gubernatorial elections, was widely condemned for a foul-mouthed outburst against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner yesterday, leading him to apologize.
The politician took part in a theatrical show in Santa Fe in which he was interviewed by comedian Jey Mammon, and cited an old sketch of his indirectly referring to Fernández de Kirchner as an “old hag, son of a bitch.”
Amid laughs, Del Sel recalled his sketch: “I am sitting drinking an alphabet soup, my son kicks the plate, and leaves “old hag, son of a bitch” written on my forehead.” If “I go (to a meeting) with the President, she could have a nice soup dish, I kick her plate, and leave several things written (on her forehead,)” he added.
“I recognize that I went over the top but it was no more than an unfortunate utterance, and as I was taught as a child, when one makes a mistake, one must know how to apologize,” the PRO member conceded.
Lower House Majority Leader Agustín Rossi (Victory Front-Santa Fe) was one of many to immediately condemn the statement, alleging Del Sel, who finished ahead of him in last year’s gubernatorial elections, to be “rude and violent: he not only defames the President, but all Argentine women as a whole.”
“Del Sel did not tell a joke or criticize: his statements provoke indignation and are absolutely reprehensible,” Rossi went on.
Del Sel’s apology, posted on Twitter, added: “I apologize to the President and the women who might have felt offended,” and suggested: “Those who know me well, know that I do this with humour and that I am completely against the verbal violence seen in current politics in Argentina.”
Former Buenos Aires City Victory Front mayoral candidate Senator Daniel Filmus argued that “disrespecting the President is disrespecting all Argentines,” while picket leader Luis D’Elía alleged Del Sel was a “clown” who “laughed throughout the 90s with (Carlos) Menem” while the “Argentine people cried.”
Herald with DyN, Telam, Ambito.com