The Christian Alliance of Evangelical Churches of the Argentine Republic (Aciera) has accused the creators of the Netflix series, ‘El Reino’, of “using art” to “create in the popular imagination the perception” that their pastors “They only have ambitions for power or money”, in order to “segregate, mark on lists and point out as dangerous and fundamentalist” their faithful and that they “weaken and disappear.”
The association has expressed itself in these terms through a document signed by its National Board of Directors. The evangelicals allude to a “fascist behavior” and accuse Claudia Piñeiro, screenwriter and creator of the series together with Marcelo Piñeyro, of having “a bitterness” against the “evangelical culture of Argentina” derived from his “feminist militancy during the debate of the abortion law “.
‘El Reino’ tells the story of pastor Emilio Vázquez Pena, played by Diego Peretti, and how his life and that of his family environment are shaken by the attack on the candidate for president of the republic: after the horror, comes the opportunity, and the religious could become the highest president of the Nation. Amidst intrigues, Emilio will attempt to decipher the causes of the crime and its instigator, all while the public eye scrutinizes between his secrets and those of the lucrative family-run church.
“It is not that the narrator does it out of mere ignorance of said communities; it seems that the objective would be to seek to destroy the trajectory and the testimony that these churches have managed to reach socially through so many years with great effort. She attacked saying that they were sects, now they are being pigeonholed as ‘Bolsonaro followers’, ‘right-wing reactionaries’, agents of evil against the ideals promoted by the group that the screenwriter represents, “says Aciera’s text.
It also affirms that “creating a cultural product, such as a film fiction or a series, from the basis of hatred, to generate social rejection of a religious group, is an act that does not enhance the beauty of a profession that should be characterized by the transparency and intellectual and creative purity, and not for using the performance to revile the social rejection of those who think differently from who produces that work “.
In another fragment of the text, the members of the aforementioned association invite the creators of ‘El Reino’, “without any intention of censoring their work,” to “come and see the real work that those ‘right-wing reactionaries’ are doing in the villages, prisons, hospitals and among the needy people. ” Hours later, after the widespread repudiation, the evangelicals decided to remove the statement.
For her part, Claudia Piñeiro responded through her Twitter account: “Censorship is censorship, you want to disguise it as what you want to disguise it” and “Now censoring a fiction already seems medieval.” To stop the harassment that she began to receive on the social network, the author of ‘Elena knows’ privatized her account, while receiving the support of colleagues and many viewers of the strip.
The Argentine Union of Writers and Writers, on the other hand, has “forcefully” rejected the attack on Claudia Piñeiro for her work as a scriptwriter for the series ‘El Reino’. “It is not necessary to clarify that it is a work of fiction that must enjoy full freedom to develop. We consider it a serious event that is intended to confuse the public and manipulate it to make them believe that a fictional event has some correlation with reality.”
For her part, Mercedes Morán, another of the protagonists of the series, also spoke on Twitter in favor of the scriptwriter: “All my solidarity, my gratitude and my love to @claudiapineiro in the face of the attacks she is suffering.”
“Aciera’s mediaeval statement that seeks to define what artistic purity and ideological ‘contamination’ would be very worrying to attack Claudia Piñeiro as the scriptwriter of ‘El Reino’. All solidarity with her,” said the writer Guillermo Martínez in his Twitter account.
“No one who has seen ‘The Kingdom’ understands that the shepherd that Peretti embodies is the measure of all shepherds; on the contrary, it is clear that it is a very particular one, within a fiction that does not even pretend to be strictly realistic Rather than claiming its people, the ACIERA statement sounds like a specific attack on a woman, Claudia Piñeiro, who is known to be active in favor of the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy “, said the novelist and screenwriter Marcelo Figueras.
For her part, the writer and poet Marina Mariasch has pointed out a kind of double standard when evaluating how fiction portrays religions: “I wonder if something like this happens or happened every time a fiction about Jews comes out (like” Unorthodox “), Catholics. Are there subjects that cannot be touched in fiction? Pfff”.