La Comay: Aparente y Alegadamente (2014)
1h 30min · Documentary · 13 November 2014
La Comay was a stuffed lifesized puppet which represents a society matron who recounts rumors and gossip that people have told her and comments on social and political news. Kobbo Santarrosa created the show SuperXclusivo for WAPA-TV. He was joined by Cuban actor/comedian Héctor Travieso as host. In recent years, various politicians have been to the show for interviews, or to reach the audience. Governors such as Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Luis Fortuño and Alejandro García Padilla have made several appearances as both a candidate and a recently sworn-in Governor, and so have several politicians, artists among others. On December 4, 2012 Santrarrosa, through his puppeteering of La Comay, conveyed rumors that the recent murder of a Puerto Rican citizen was related to a sexually promiscuous lifestyle. These comments sparked a backlash on social media, particularly on Twitter and Facebook, and started a movement to boycott the show. The boycott was led by gay activist Pedro Julio Serrano and the movement crowd sourced requests to the show's sponsors to remove their commercials from the show. Within a week, sixteen sponsors had removed their commercials from the show's timeslot, including Aquafresh, AT&T, Borden, Claro Puerto Rico, Triple-S, Sprint, and Walmart. On January 8, 2013, after being asked to pre-record the show instead of presenting it live, Santarrosa abruptly left WAPA-TV approximately an hour before the show started. The program aired that day was recorded from January 7. On January 9, Santarrosa showed up to present his resignation and the program was substituted by a movie. Later in the night WAPA-TV confirmed Santarrosa's resignation. Up until the show's cancellation, it has been the most watched television show in Puerto Rico, according to local ratings by Mediafax, for 13 years.
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