Spaniards have voiced their outrage with a recent article published in the UK about how to become Spanish. The Sunday Times article – featured in the Travel section – starts off by saying
Swear like a trooper, drink your red wine cold and always finish your dinner, is the subtitle chosen for this piece signed by Chris Haslam, who is responsible for making weekly articles on travel.
Learning the language is only the first step to becoming Spanish. Getting a tan and knowing your tapas from your pintxos are steps two and three, but there’s still a long way to go before you can pass yourself off as anything other than a guiri. There are some shortcuts, though.
First, forget Anglo-Saxon notions of politeness, discretion, and decorum. Being Spanish involves walking into a bar, kissing and hugging complete strangers, shouting “oiga” at the waiter and chucking anything you can’t eat or drink on the floor. Except for glasses. That’s too much. But you can drop the please and thank yous. They’re so unnecessary.
The British newspaper aims to describe the behavior of Spaniards so that tourists can imitate them when they visit Spain for vacations. ” Learning the language is only the first step. Get a tan and know how to distinguish the ‘tapas’ from the ‘pintxos’ are the second and third step, but you still have a long way before you can become something more than a guiri, “says this piece.
Haslam uses the image of a young man dressed as a bullfighter with his chest bare and his beard careless to illustrate his piece, thus pulling the stereotype that foreigners falsely attribute to Spaniards.
“Being Spanish means entering a bar, kissing and hugging complete strangers, shouting ‘hear’ the waiter and throwing to the floor all that you can not eat or drink,” explains the journalist, who recommends the British ” forget about the notions Anglo-Saxon courtesy, discretion and decorum ” in case of traveling to our country. “The ‘please’ and the ‘thank you’ are so unnecessary …,” Haslam tries to ridicule.
This newspaper tries to describe Spaniards as unpunctual people: “Being Spanish requires a great disdain for punctuality. Arriving anywhere half an hour late is considered very early and it looks normal. ” “He’s always late … Unless a bull runs to you,” he finishes the article to re-use the cliché associated with bullfighting.
“The countries that have suffered famine are funny”
According to Chris Haslam, Spaniards are famous for speaking disrespectfully. “You have to unblock that dirty mouth,” the journalist relates to trying to explain our way of communicating. But the article where it attacks the most is against the national gastronomy when emphasizing that “this is a country of olive oil”.
“You can not ask for butter, this is a country of olive oil. And for what you’re doing at 11 in the morning and get a beer and a sandwich. Then, take a nap, “Haslam writes. To top it off, the journalist adds that “remember to eat everything you have asked for. The countries that have suffered famine are funny in this regard. ”
The article has generated numerous criticisms in social networks. Its author had to apologize and justified it highlighted that he intended to make “a humorous portrait”. Chris Haslam decided to block his Twitter account to prevent him from being followed by the multitude of complaints he has received for signing this piece.