Originally Posted by Just like heaven
I think the Spaniards reacted this way because it's not the first time when the French media makes these type of insinuations. It's not just this show. They probably see it as a continuous attack. Remember the Noah comments?
Besides, we're talking about international sports stars. This is all a joke for the French audience but for people who watch the videos and maybe don't know the nature of the show?
Your comparison makes no sense because Virenque is a proven doper. If they would have made a video about Federer you wouldn't have thought it's funny.
When the show started about Virenque, he was not a proven doper : only his team had been caught but he was still denying.
And when they made Virenque amazed by Mauresmo's muscles, Mauresmo had no case at all herself
Anyway, you're right that it seems that the Spaniards seem to feel a consistent "French attack" because of the Noah small chronicle (in a supplement from le Monde and Noah himself said afterwards that he could have spoken about other ones than the Spaniards, that was not his main issue
) and in the past Fuentes interview by le Monde (which was consistent with the policy from le Monde and l'Equipe investigating in those cases, in Spain it's completely different and that's the main point where the French and the Spaniards have different opinions : the Spaniards, and esp the Spanish authorities, protect their "sacred cows", that looks as a spectacular political ingerence for the French ... who -Sarkozy- make political ingerences in what they consider much more serious topics
But as for les Guignols, this is a complete overreaction : the Guignols just try to find something funny, and to tell you the truth, you probably know like me that their authors have changed and they have been less funny and creative in the past years, then they just tried to take back a cliche which had been effective years ago : the Virenque doping one. With Contador being in the news, and Nadal as well on a different way from the AO final (which has given suspicions to many people, more about Djokovic than about Nadal by the way), it fell on the Spaniards and esp on Nadal who is the most famous of all Spanish sportsmen in France and in the world and who has the muscles fitting with the story : people recognize his marionnette at once, Contador or Gasol is far from being that famous in France and Xavi and Iniesta just don't fit the "doping" cliche.
Anyway, Nadal's reaction sounded quite appropriate to me,
but the Spanish authorities' reaction is such an overreaction that it's unbelievable.
And I've read that they keep on : "the attacks having continued yesterday, the Prime minister will have a meeting with Nadal for breakfast on tuesday" : it sounds like Bagdad bombing attacks !
To tell you the truth, I've come to think of the real reason for the Spanish authorities' reaction :
being in a harsh crisis which they can do little against , they try to aliment the nationalist cliche.
Unfortunately that's what many politicians have had to do in recent years : their power is decreasing, and using the nationalist cliche to aliment a "national spirit" has been used by Bush and the Republicans in the USA, by rightist governments in Europe, by the Chinese government which is contested inside and uses every nationalistic opportunity, etc.
Imo this is the only plausible reason for this highly ridiculous reaction from the Spanish authorities.
As for les Guignols, they just don't understand and don't fear all that and they will keep on doing what they have done for 20 years : using funny cliches. Never any French government laughed at has been able to do anything against them in their own country (and you know that Sarkozy has been immensely more attacked than the Spaniards), they don't fear Spanish government !
Besides, someone said that the Spaniards used to have a Spanish version of les Guignols in the Spanish version of canal+, which makes all this even more difficult to understand, but it seems that this show has been stopped years ago.
Please people like you who understand : keep on telling Spaniards taht they make themselves ridiculous by their reactions and they should just ignore that funny show.