Good news, the second season of Narcos was released on Friday ?. Bad news, Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani look set to headline as Pablo Escobar’s two personal assistants.
The Narcos gang member lookalikes received a strange message from the former Colombian drug lord’s one-time right-hand man. Don’t worry: no spoilers.
For the non-Spanish contingent:
“Hello, I am Jhon Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, Popeye, the personal hitman for Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria. I come to send a strong salute to the Uruguayan football team, and champions Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
Receive all my love, my respect, you who are the strength of your people, the pride of your people. From Medellin, Colombia, I am to congratulate them for being great warriors.
Please receive all my love and respect from these streets. Big hugs.”
Jhon Jairo Velasquez Vasquez
There’s no doubting Suarez wouldn’t play a great ‘Poison’, but still, the message seems a bit strange, especially as footballers and ex-gang members are completely different ‘warriors’.
It does beg the question – after seeing the publicity stunt from Escobar’s pal – have Suarez and Vasquez been meeting up for some of Colombia’s finest…coffee beans.
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Ultimately, this is nothing more than a a fame-hungry convict looking for some attention – can’t blame him given how bloody good Narcos is. However, is this not just showcasing the issues/concerns/worries with social media? Is this not just ‘celebritising’ the whole sordid history of Mr Velasquez?
The ex-Medellin cartel member was communicating via his YouTube channel, which he set-up in 2014 after his release from a 22-year prison sentence. The channel is called, ‘Popeye Arrepentido’, (Remorseful Popeye), with the core message of the content being that of warning young people of crime in Colombia, and to keep the youth away from trouble.
Ok, fair enough, this is a good initiative. However, there’s no denying it’s a controversial channel to run, especially given its level of popularity of over 160,000 subscribers.
We’re sure there is no direct link between either Suarez or Cavani with the ex-gang member. But you have to ask whether such a high-profile convict should be allowed to, at the very least, try to open up a dialogue with the two superstars.
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