Manero

Hasta Nunca

By: Manero

Guess not everybody is crying over the end of Univisión's Sábado Gigante.

We know this. We've  talked about it

It's just that some people insist on referring to Don Francisco as some Latino TV-messiah, someone somehow  responsible for the proliferation of the Latino population in the US. 

We disagree, obviously. 

But we digress. 

We're here to point you towards a brilliant column written by Chilean novelist and pop culture critic  Álvaro Bisama.

Last Sunday, in newspaper La Tercera, Bisama wrote about the end of the show that started 53 years ago in his country. And while the analysis may be Chilean-centric, his insight sheds light on what Sábado Gigante came to represent for the Latino experience in the United States:

«[F]ar from here, Sábado Gigante comes to an end, and it happens in a painless way. No one seems to scream bloody murder. The end of network television doesn't depend on him. Sábado Gigante is a myth, but it's also just another TV show. Nothing more, nothing less. There is no drama here. The elusive mystery of Kreutzberger [Don Francisco's legal name] is left hanging in the air, the mystery of the man no one has yet written a biography about, in spite of it being long overdue, perhaps because he is nothing but a brutal star, one in which we can't separate the atrocities he has committed from his strokes of genius.»

Read Bisama's full column [in Spanish] here

You can also buy the Kindle version of his excellent short novel Dead Stars here.