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Da bait for debate?

6 May 2012

The Mexican Presidential debate is, by design, a rather staid affair (though there were the verbal fireworks, and more on that later), presented as being a neutral exercise in democratic education.   In keeping with the neutrality meme, viewers and the candidates were told that a random card selection would determine the order in which they would speak.

Said cards were then handed to the candidates by …  Playboy Bunny (and November 2008 centerfold) Julia Orayen.

Neutral… yeah.  And you can see how serious the process is taken… after all, Ms. Orayen did wear a non-partisan white dress.


Mexico is weird, but never boring.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. 6 May 2012 11:10 pm

    And I thought that the woman who gives the TV weather report dressed inappropriately! You are so right about Mexico being weird but never boring… However, I’d like to ask who chose Ms. Orayen’s outfit? And did anyone protest when she got on stage wearing it? Was her mother not there? (Usually mothers come to their children’s important debuts…) Did not the estimable Josefina object? I particularly wonder if the clear plastic case holding the cards was meant to show ‘transparency’ (big word these days…) of the contents or was it designed so as not to block anyone’s view of the carrier’s considerable charms?

    • 6 May 2012 11:20 pm

      Perhaps IFE felt that Ms. Orayen’s 2008 Playboy spread demonstrated her transparency 🙂 I must admit, when the lovely Ms. Orayen walked on stage, I was sort of hoping for a more glitzy game-show kind of debate. No audience to participate, as far as I can tell, and no bells or whistles or flashing lights.

  2. 7 May 2012 12:09 am

    And she’s not even Mexican!

    • 7 May 2012 12:30 am

      You sure? The Colombian edition of Playboy I managed to find on-line called her Mexican, but then… it’s all about fantasy anyway, so maybe she was meant to be a foreign observer… er, observed foreigner … er…. as I said, Mexico is weird sometimes, and — as Hunter S. Thompson said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

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