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T-shirts, songs, fame, and even a Rolling Stones interview. Who wins and who loses in the glamorization of violence?

In places where opportunities are rare and discrimination and poverty is rampant, images where violence is normalized, and even glamorized, can become powerful.

In this episode of GV Face, we’ll explore the issues that play out when images of cartel criminals like El Chapo Guzman are reappropriated and glamorized in pop culture and entertainment. Elizabeth Rivera and Laura Vidal, our Latin America editors will be talking to Robert Valencia, a long-time GV contributor.

We will present and discuss some of the ways this fascination has translated into new ways of telling stories, and even aesthetic experiences that cross borders. Both Hollywood and Latin American TV stations have taken the narco-phenomenon to the small screen and spread the images that have rapidly become stereotypical.

As a result, some views coming from the US to Latin America have shown surprise at old realities that have been part of the Latin American region for years. This has brought the expansion of new incomplete images, and the absence of the real victims of the so called “war on drugs”, the everyday citizens.

We will think together about the ways this could also be seen as a global phenomenon, as it is not exclusive of the region.
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Interesting approach about traffickers's drugs and their influence in Latin America. Yes, they and their influence not only have taken the small screen but also to Hollywood. It's the reality of the day to day. In Colombia we have lived this phenomena and changes like our own culture. Sorry for us.

A warm hug,
Lully from Colombia
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Join us tomorrow on our #GVFace where we'll discuss the recently signed peace agreement in Colombia.
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Global Voices is a community of more than 1,000 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in the international media.

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