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Post"Putas y Camareros" Quote (Jordi Molins, Spain, 01/12/20 3:38 am)
John Eipper commented on my post of January 10th: "I'm very curious about the origins of the 'putas y camareros' quote."
The motto was popularized by the Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte, at the beginning of the Spanish financial crisis:
However, I am pretty certain this expression was created anonymously by the subculture of Internet forums, between 2006 and 2009. In fact, Spanish forums were a force for change during that crisis. Unfortunately, the Madrid Deep State realized of the danger for the status quo caused by those forums, and diligently hired thousands of "community managers" to anonymously troll those forums, and deactivate them. The chosen strategy was to influx Spanish extreme right-wing nationalism, as well as philo-Nazism, through those community managers, being famously paid thirty euro cents per post.
This deactivation strategy worked, and those forums transitioned from gatherings of alternative people with interesting things to say, to holes of dirt of the most primitive and basic extreme Spanish nationalism.
Similar expressions to "putas y camareros" were "maleta o metralleta" ("suitcase or machine gun," as the two possible alternative actions by "decent" people against the status quo) and "lonchafinismo" ("to buy thin slices of ham to survive," applied to all kind of human activities). An entire PhD thesis could be written about this niche subculture.
JE comments: Pérez Reverte originally wrote of "albañiles" (bricklayers) together with the "putas y camareros." A very depressing take on a nation that learned to base its fortunes on construction and tourism. I am struck that Spain's former crown jewel colony, Cuba, is going down the same path. What's the most coveted job in Cuba today? That would be restaurant server (camarero/a).
WAISer Sasha Pack literally wrote the book on how Spain based its economic revival in the 1960s on the tourism sector. I hope he'll join this discussion.