With the highest number of Facebook users in Central America and a Twitter population growing by the thousands every month, social media can be a great place to find out what’s buzzing in Guatemala. Of course, there’s also a whole lot of nonsense posted online too, but at XelaWho we like nonsense so here are some of last month’s social media trends, with the interesting & the informative alongside the vacuous & the ludicrous.
With the gamechanging news this month surrounding corruption in the government, social media over the past few weeks has been going crazy over the news. #RenunciaYa displayed pictures of Guatemalans around the world showing their support during the demonstrations on the 16th of May. Demonstrators in New York, London, Sydney, Barcelona, Canada and Switzerland shared pictures of themselves being involved in this historic event. RenunciaYa replied simply with “thank you so much for you support”. Short but sweet. With a constant stream of politicians exiting the cabinet in either disgrace or handcuffs many feel that enough still has not been done. Andrea Ichiu tweeted that resignations were insufficient and that people wanted justice and reform. One of my favourite pictures was of footballing legend Diego Maradona. Known for his (genius) hand of god goal, the Argentine posted a picture online offering his support. One followers comment simply said “Legend”. My thoughts exactly.
Another online group making waves in Guatemala right now is #NoTeToca who were involved in a protest against the party Lider in Jalapa. According to the leader of Lider (that’s going to be difficult to say after a few tequilas) he was drawing on the experiences of Ghandi to deal with these issues…….Riiiight. On social media the public were not as kind to Dr. Baldizon. Jeann de Lederer simply says “crazy and dangerous”. Just the man you want in the leading poll position? That honestly was one of the nicer comments. Bitch was quite a popular one, although Tweet did compare the Dr to Adolf Hitler. Not sure if he warrants that label, but it was the most shared comment.
But Dr Baldizon may become the new focal point of this section of the magazine, given that Guatemala’s social networks need someone new in their crosshairs for an online shitstorm after the resignation of Baldetti. #PajasNivelBaldizon (must win an award for the best name so far) posted a photo of the Rock, (yes Mr Dwayne Jonhnson) standing at some sort of premier holding a sign calling for the resignation of Mr Baldizon…though how genuine the picture is leaves a whole lot more to be desired. One follower commented, I swear on the life of my mother (who is already dead) that this is the best picture I have ever seen.
Let us end this section with something a bit more jolly and uplifting…and the word of today is #Cremas. So the football season is over and the Cremas have been crowned champions. The result did not go down very well here in Xela, and really across the rest of the country. If social media is to be believed, the current champions are a collection of homosexual donkeys (a very unique image for a football team). Congratulations to them…and it is safe to say Xela will be champions next season. Signing off from my straight jacket