Franco, Franco, que tiene el culo blanco...

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Així començàvem a cantar, de nanos, la lletra "oficiosa" de l'himne espanyol. Mooolts anys després, un bon dia entro al 3cat24 i em trobo amb la notícia que existeix, des d'avui, una proposta de lletra oficial per la "Marcha Real", aprovada en el marc d'una reunió del Comité Olímpic Espanyol. Cómor?!?
El primer que m'ha passat pel cap són les declaracions d'alguns polítics (espanyols), que atacaven les iniciatives per posar en marxa les seleccions esportives catalanes amb l'argument que la intenció era política i no esportiva. També deien que era terrible pretendre obligar els esportistes a barrejar-se en qüestions polítiques. Naturalment, a aquells polítics espanyols només se'ls creien els qui se'ls volien creure, perquè era evident que els seus arguments també eren polítics. Per si algú ho dubtava, avui ha arribat la prova. El que farà trempar alguns espanyols serà que els esportistes que defensin la bandera del seu país ho facin cantant, i no precisament el "Franco, Franco, que tiene el culo blanco...".
I això no és barrejar política i esport, oi?

A story about an anthem
The Spanish anthem is a pretty original case: it is one of the few "national" anthems in the world which has no lyrics. Maybe the only one. At least, this was true until now, since a proposal of lyrics has been presented today, and might in the near future reach the Spanish Parliament.
Honestly, that the Spanish anthem can be sung or not doesn't seem very important to me. The ridiculous thing about it is when you relate this fact to domestic politics: for years, Catalonia has been fighting to have national selections (yes, I'm talking about sports). Wales, for example, plays football in international competitions and is, at the same time, a part of the UK. In our case, Spain is always putting all possible presure so that Catalonia does not achieve this goal.
Some of the arguments given by Spanish nationalist polititians is that mixing sports and politics is sooo bad; and also that oblige sportsmen and women choose in what selection they would like to play is sooo bad.

Now, after the Spanish Olympic Comitee suggested it would be good that the Spanish sportsmen and women could sing the country's anthem together, this lyrics have been presented. Isn't this a way of mixing politics and sport? Whom do they (Spanish polititians) pretend to cheat?