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01 de Marzo del 2000

THE TV "ELIAN VISION" PARODY. By Adalberto Yero, Cuba Free Press.

Santiago.- A parody of the programming on the Cubavision television channel has been going around in secret through homes, schools and places of work in Santiago, Cuba's second largest city, since the end of January. The piece basically criticizes the daily (except on Sundays) programming on this channel of the mass marches (at first) and more recently the "open grandstands." The latter have been going on since Dec. 5.

These expensive demonstration demanding the return of the Cuban child rafter Elián González Brotón have been going on for three months in one large activity in the country's 14 provinces and on a different day in each province.

Some observers note that the Cubavision channel is one of only two television channels which have existed in the country since 1959. That is to say, both stations are state-owned monopolies since the communist regime imposed itself on the island 41 years ago. The activities referred to are always transmitted simultaneously by both channels since the staged action began. It lasts for two hours daily and went on for three to four hours during the first weeks of demonstrations.

With the simulcast transmission the regime clearly seeks to force all Cubans to listen and watch the activities. As they say, there is no other. That's why this parody makes sense:

Programming for the Eliánavision Channel:
6:30 a.m. Good Morning, Elián.
12 noon TVré Elián.
5:00 p.m. Cartoons. Elián in Wonderland.
6:30 p.m. Elián in the Jungle.
7:00 p.m. Fantastic, Elián.
7:20 p.m. Elián up to the Minute.
7:30 p.m. William Tell, Chapter 3, "The Rescue of Elián."
8:00 p.m. News Bulletins about Elián.
9:00 p.m. Write and Read: Celebrity Personality: Elián.
9:40 p.m. Tele-advances from Monday to Sunday: "Rescue Elián".
10:00 p.m. Saturday Night Movie: Elián and the Murderous Mafia. Thriller.
12:00 p.m. Midnight Theater: Elián and his Mother. Drama.
2:00 a.m. "Estelián" Newscast.
Informative Note: If Elián does not return, these broadcasts will be repeated daily.

Some of the programs on Cubavision which the Parody alludes to: 1.- Good Morning. Broadcast Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
2.- TVré is broadcast Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
3.- Alice in Wonderland.-Animated cartoons.
4.- Fantastic.
5.- Cooking in a Minute.- Program of Cooking Recipes.
6.- William Tell, foreign episode which is currently broadcast
Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.
7.- Television Newscast. Prior to December 5, 1999 it was broadcast Sunday to Saturday from 8 to 8:30 p.m. in simulcast on both channels and since then it is also broadcast on Sunday at the same time but also Monday through Saturday from 8:30 to 9 p.m. The half hour difference is used to re-broadcast extensive excerpts of the above-mentioned actions carried out the same day and other news about the case.
8.- Write and Read (a program which each night gives advice on two or three personalities who in turn comment on two or three celebrities.)
9.- Starlight Newscast

Other jokes are also going around the city of Santiago de Cuba such as: Happy Birthday Song for Elián (well-known music): Best wishes Elián on your birthday, trust in Fidel and in your country, you will be able to return someday, you will return, you will return, you will return. (ta ta chan)

Elián's Reply: (same melody): Thanks a lot dear friends, don't count on me with this crap, I'm staying with the enemy, don't screw around no more, don't screw around no more, don't screw around no more (ta ta chan).

Neither of the two television channels broadcasts 24 hours a day. In fact, Rebel TV is only on the air Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 12 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 12 p.m. The communist social system imposed these schedules on the country since it seized the means of communication some 40 years ago.

The referred to activities "demanding" the self-styled freedom of the 6-year-old Cuban boy supposedly kidnapped in the United States have been broadcast for nearly three months for the entire nation in the only space which Cuban television has at its disposal for "cartoons," children's programming directed especially at the youngest children. (This appears to be "the limit" and gives special meaning to the final words of Elián's above reply song, which could be sung by all the children who have been left without their favorite program.)

Adalberto Yero, Cuba Free Press.

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