Diego Maradona’s death divides Argentine feminists

Since the death of Diego Maradona, nicknamed ” God “ in his country of origin, the message “Adios”, which means ” Farewell “ but can also be read ” Farewell “, is everywhere: on billboards in Buenos Aires, on the front page of newspapers … This is also what the actress Thelma Fardin has published, caption of a photo of the player, on her Instagram account: ” Farewell. I am waiting for the critics, which are sure to come, saying that as a feminist I cannot publish this. “

The young woman, who was at the end of 2018 at the origin of the #metoo movement in Argentina after accusing actor Juan Darthes of having raped her as a teenager, has drawn the wrath of certain feminist activists: “Thelma, what are you doing? “ ; “After what happened to you, I do not understand that you publish this”… Anticipating criticism, the actress wrote: “Feminism embodies liberation, not accountability. Diego’s football has amazed me throughout my life. ”

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The tributes that followed the death, caused by cardiac arrest, Pibe de oro ” (“Gamin en or”), have caused a fracture within the feminist movement, extremely active and powerful in Argentina since 2015, year of the first Ni Una Menos demonstration ( not one less “, massive mobilization against feminicides). Is it possible, as a feminist activist, to salute the memory of a man with a sometimes macho speech, who for years refused to recognize some of his biological children, calls on prostitutes suspected of being underage, and was accused by two ex-companions of physical and psychological violence ?

Gentleness for a man of the left

María Florencia Alcaraz is one of those who thinks so. Journalist and co-director of the feminist site LatFem, she mourns the death of Diego Maradona every day: “I grew up in a family with a passion for football. But Maradona was more than a footballer, he was a vigilante. “ María Florencia Alcaraz particularly appreciated the social and political commitments – Peronist and very marked on the left – of the champion. He had notably campaigned alongside the Mothers of Place de Mai, who are looking for their children who disappeared during the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983). “He had a deep class consciousness”, she defends.

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