Marcelo Tinelli, Susana Gimenez, Mirtha Legrand, Jorge Rial. These names of course mean nothing to most of you.
These are local celebrities. I guess the equivalent, or at least the Argentine version of Ophra, or other big shot TV hosts and gossip shows.
I don’t care for their TV programs or them personally, but what these people have been talking about and demanding these last couple days is something that affects us all.
They are all pretty different and yet something unites them all along with every other Argentine: Crime. The terrible crime situation we live in that I talk about so often here.
These people have the hottest shows on local TV, some have amassed huge fortunes. They have the bucks for serious private security and bodyguards, yet they feel vulnerable too.
They each talked in their own show, all looked pretty fed up and the message was similar.
“Someone please do something, we can’t keep living like this”
They talked about who the politicians and the government do nothing, they announce useless measures no one cares for but no one addresses the crime problem.
I found myself nodding and agreeing with many of the statements and it was nice to see I’m not alone. Even with some of the more extreme measures and attitudes, I’m not alone.
85 year old Mirth Legrand said “Us Argentines, we live checking out our back at all times. Even I do that, looking back to see if someone is following our car, we can’t keep living like this, scared all the time.”
Marcelo Tinelli is probably the richest man in the local show business.
His security detail involves mostly an armored Humvee and two other armed vehicles full of armed guards. There’s no gray man approach for the most famous face in Argentina, someone readily recognized by anyone. He moves around at all times with a convoy you’d only see in Iraq. He protects his family in a similar manner, and yet his 10 year old son suffered a kidnapping attempt.
Now let me clarify something. I’m not a fan of any of these guys, I don’t like their shows or even like them much. What I do is agree with what they are saying in this matter because it’s the truth.
You have to be very naïve not to recognize the situation we live in here.
I agree, most of these self involved celebs only react when danger and crime is right in their face. Before, they lived in their perfect little world while the rest of us have been living with this for years now.
Mirtha Legrand got her jewelry robbed at gunpoint by armed men when entering her car, in spite of her bodyguards.
That’s the point, for a high profile person or someone that wants to be truly safe, a couple bodyguards isn’t enough any more, you need a convoy of at least 3 armored cars packed with trained and well armed people. Its insane but that’s the only way you have a chance against commando strikes and organized kidnapping attempts.
Susana Gimenez desperately called for the death penalty after a good friend of hers was beaten, tortured, tied and thrown to his pool where he drowned during a home invasion.
As Jorge Rial said, the numbers just don’t match. He turned and asked the sidekicks he had in his show, 4 or 5 other persons. “We’ve all been robbed several times, haven’t we?” Everyone agreed fervently.
And that’s something I’ve comment on before. It’s not normal when you walk into a room and its almost impossible to find a person that hasn’t been robbed with violence, either hurt or forced to look at the wrong side of a gun barrel. Its getting harder and harder to pretend nothing is going on.
Crime in Argentina is simply out of control. Please don’t bother with INDEC numbers, you might get luckier just rolling a dice.
As Mirtha Legrand said, and I totally agree with the old woman:
“They are killing us all out there”