It's past 10 p.m. on Monday and the conversation between Pablo Motos and Jorge Martín is flowing smoothly. The 25-year-old world runner-up in the Moto GP category casually recounts his achievements and his bumps in the season under the affable gaze of the presenter of El Hormiguero. Martín discusses in detail the moment when he inadvertently knocked down fellow premier class rider Marc Márquez. And at that moment, he blurts out the phrase, which begins with a serious tone and ends with laughter: "We have a lot of respect, we are risking our lives and it can be very dangerous... but here, here faggots the last." The complicit laughter between the two merges with the applause of the audience. The controversy is served.
One more day of white, family-friendly television.
— Jose Manuel Sánchez (@jose_manuelsn) December 4, 2023
The comment did not go unnoticed on social media, especially on X (formerly Twitter), where the cut with the statement was disseminated minutes later. Some criticized the calmness with which the pilot used such a homophobic expression, while others rushed to defend freedom of expression or relativized the error. The talk on the set, unrelated to any debate on social media, continued and, five minutes later, Martín responded to Motos with another controversial message:
"With your girl, when you get angry, who has to apologize first?"
"You know that, Pablo, that with women there is no other.
Laughter and applause, again.
The State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans, Bisexuals, Intersexes and More (FELTGBI+) has criticized this Tuesday morning on X the words of the pilot and the connivance of the presenter. "The jokes of 'faggots' in prime time are hilarious, aren't they? Jorge Martín's 'faggot the last' is horrible. The naturalization of Pablo Motos and the applause of the audience, too. Many children listen to it every day at recess and El Hormiguero legitimizes this type of bullying," they wrote.
This is not the first time that the program has been immersed in this type of controversy. In fact, the visit of the historic socialist leader Alfonso Guerra, on November 22, also aroused criticism from the public on social media, after his comment on humor. "I feel very sorry for comedians. They can't talk about anything anymore. Before, there were jokes about homosexuals, dwarfs, everything... And now it doesn't. That is freedom of expression collected, that is, censorship," Guerra said. An opinion shared by the presenter.
Alfonso Guerra was in El Hormiguero yesterday and made one of the most rancid comments of the year.
"I feel very sorry for comedians. They can't talk about anything anymore. Before, there were jokes about homosexuals, dwarfs, everything... And now it's not." pic.twitter.com/0LIi98Gi9J
— #PorQuéTT (@xqTTs) November 23, 2023
El Hormiguero has been the leader in prime time for years. Yesterday's show garnered a 15.7% share and 2,140,000 viewers. For a few years now, El Hormiguero has gradually increased the political content in its programs, and reserves the last 10 or 15 minutes for a talk show in which opinions are given on current affairs.