You better speak to me in Spanish! ("Catalanophobia")





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Published on Apr 8, 2013

I would like to make some clarifications about some aspects discussed in the video, which I'm very tired of making in social media. It doesn't hurt to leave them around here too:

I never said this meaning to put down the Basque language (or Chinese, or any other language). I understand that it could be misunderstood, but the only thing I meant with this was that Catalan is a language that, just by listening to it, you could learn it and in a fairly short time; something that doesn't happen with Basque since it's not similar to Spanish. I've been living for seven months with a Basque friend, listening to songs by Euskal Herria and, except for some words I've asked her to translate for me, to this day I'm not able to say a sentence in this language since to do this I would've had to start studying it. But that's what I wanted to say. It would be very ridiculous to talk about respect and tolerance of Catalan, and nonetheless denigrate Basque.

This is another phrase that has been taken literally and it's not like that. NO ONE has come to me with a book titled "Hate Catalonia" and asked me to read it. No one has taught me this literally. This was just a way of explaining that I've heard in the "atmosphere", among people (and obviously NOT everyone, and not just in Andalusia, but in general since I've traveled across Spain) phrases and insults dedicated to Catalans, and that's why when I was little I had feelings of rejection towards them. But let me repeat, NO ONE has taught me to hate them literally. This is a phrase that I used incorrectly and it's been taken out of context a lot.

When my father used to think that way, I still lived in Huelva and had never lived in Barcelona. As I came to live here, we started talking, I started explaining everything I'm talking about in the video to him and he changed his way of thinking. What usually happens is that many people talk getting carried away by the "buzz" from others and the media without having even ever set foot in Catalonia. In this way I also want to clarify that my father, as of today, could perfectly watch Crackovia with me. I thought of using this story because I thought it was pertinent while explaining all this.

Defending and loving this land doesn't mean denigrating and rejecting another one, especially NOT the one from one's origin. I feel Andalusian, I speak Andalusian (not in these videos, but simply because it doesn't feel right to do it, not because I'm ashamed, something that I make clear in another one of my videos where I describe some ANDALUSIAN WORDS). Just like people who move to a different land than their own and learn to love that new place, but still feel like they're from where they're from. That's exactly how I feel. I love my homeland, I love Andalusia, in the majority of my videos I always throw in some expression or phrase from there, or mention the place where I was born. If I were ashamed or repudiated of my origins I wouldn't mention it so much. And here's an example of this: a video from last year, way before starting this vlog, where I made a version of the Andalusian anthem on Andalusia Day on my old YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3tmdL...

It's obvious that I'm not getting anything free, that I have to earn it myself. What I'm referring to is that in Catalonia I've been offered jobs and since I moved here, I haven't lacked one. And with this, I don't blame Huelva for not having a job over there. Simply put, this city is bigger and therefore has more job opportunities and there are more things to do, but at no time was my intention to denigrate my city of birth. Perish the thought!

And I think now everything's clear. I wanted to leave this here to set the record straight, and not in social media where it slowly gets lost.

Greetings to all!

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-Camarada Kalashkinov 'Mai Caminaras Sol'


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