VIDEO: Pop duo mock ‘phoney’ politicians

Spanish pop duo Amaral have launched a controversial video for their new song 'Mouse Trap' which ironically portrays national and international politicians as victims of society's problems.

VIDEO: Pop duo mock 'phoney' politicians
Three of the satirical images conjured up by Spanish illustrator Alberto González Vázquez, showing Obama as a soldier, Rajoy black and bruised and Merkel taking heroin.

Imagine a cartoon strip which shows Merkel as a heroin addict, Obama as a soldier and Berlusconi as a crack smoker.

They’re only three of the ‘victims’ of Amaral’s latest video, ‘Ratonera’, which ties in lyrics critical of Spain’s political elite with satirical drawings of them as society’s outcasts.

The folk rock pair from Zaragoza have moved away from their usual love ballads and centred their latest work on the general discontent of Spaniards vis-à-vis those in charge.

“I don’t even know how you sleep at night, you stupid phoney” or “Beatings, threats and broken promises, king of thieves” are just two of the condemning lines from their newest song.

“Alberto González Vázquez (illustrator) suggested that the video should portray, with humour and satire, how the ruling class are victims of a whole series of problems which in reality don’t affect them in the slightest,” Amaral explained on their website.

The end product depicts many renowned faces of Spanish politics black and bruised, homeless or as job-seeking migrants.

Amaral, also the surname of their singer Eva María, performed in front of the US Embassy in Madrid on Sunday as part of a demo to raise awareness for the shelved murder case of Spanish journalist José Couso.

He was one of three journalists killed on April 8th 2003 by American troops in Baghdad during the US invasion of the city.

Participants at Sunday’s protest are demanding the culprits be brought to justice despite an ongoing debate over whether Spain should shelve international human right cases.

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Censored cartoonists mock king in new mag

A group of artists who quit Spanish satirical magazine El Jueves on principle after it changed a cover image which mocked the royal family have hit back by launching their own title, 'Pride and Satisfaction'.

Censored cartoonists mock king in new mag
The title of the irreverent new satirical publication is a quote from the abdication speech of King Juan Carlos. Photo: Twitter/@orgulloysatisfa

El Jueves (Thursday) has long been Spain’s most popular satirical magazine but it was rocked by the walkout of many of its cartoonists in May after it changed a cover depicting King Juan Carlos placing a ‘crown of shit’ on Prince Felipe’s head.

Publishers RBA were reportedly unhappy with the anti-monarchy message and 60,000 copies were quickly recalled and binned.

A new print run with a cover featuring Podemos party politician Pablo Iglesias was delivered to newsstands instead, with the 'offending' image moved to the inside pages.

Outraged cover artist Albert Monteys announced his resignation on Twitter and was then followed by many of his co-workers.

Publishers RBA had allegedly informed El Jueves that they were not to run anything on the monarchy but the ploy to protect the royals backfired. Not only was the offending image seen more on social media than it would have been on the magazine cover but El Jueves lost much of its reputation along with its brightest talents.

But now the artists are back, with ‘Orgullo y Satisfacción’ (Pride and Satisfaction), the title of which is a quote from King Juan Carlos’s recent abdication speech.

The irreverent new magazine will go on sale on Wednesday, the day before the coronation of Spain’s new king. It will be available only via download from the website of publisher Caramba Cómics.

On their Twitter account @orgulloysatisfa, the writers have promised that the new title will deliver “a lot of laughs”.