The Mexican standup, Carlos Ballarta, He has come under fire on multiple occasions for dealing with controversial topics in his joke routines. He is considered one of the most successful comedians in recent years, especially after the diffusion acquired by various projects with the platform Netflix. Now, he was again stunned by users on social networks after a joke about kids with AIDS.
At just 31 years old, Ballarta has three specials on the streaming platform: “El amor es de putos” (2016); “Furia Ñera” (2018) and “False Prophet” (2021). On multiple occasions she has mentioned that she entered the world of stand up by chance and that she could not study a career in communication sciences. His routines are usually characterized by black and sarcastic humor regarding various situations.
The figure of the comedian is often distinguished by his long hair, dark glasses to avoid the pain he feels when he appears before the public and that has been consolidated among young audiences since 2012 when he entered television through the Comedy Central channel as well like in the program ‘It’s night and I’m here’ by René Franco. He also briefly ventured into Canal Once.
UNAIDS data indicate that 1.2 million children and adolescents up to 19 years of age are carriers of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) they do not receive treatment. Of these, 800,000 are between 0 and 14 years old and the remaining 400,000 are between 15 and 19. Of this last group, a large part would have been recently infected. In Mexico, there are more than 7,500 children and adolescents with HIV, according to UNAM estimates.
Carlos Ballarta: What was the joke for which they asked to cancel it and other controversies?
“If you get AIDS as a child, you will not grow up anymore, basically because you will not become an adult,” were the words of Carlos Ballarta that turned on social network users for seeming offensive. These same have asked Netflix to be aware of this type of disease and others have requested the cancellation of the comedian’s projects.
“The joke is wrong everywhere and we cannot appeal to freedom of expression when, in order to try to make people laugh, they make fun of the lives of others, but even so it is about children. I miss this content on Netflix because I doubt they will share something like this, “commented one of the users on Twitter.
The same user commented that “people with HIV go through a process that is often not easy, when we receive our diagnosis.” He considered that the deaths of friends, partners and children do not deserve the end they have reached and that the stigmas that weigh on people with AIDS have not been eradicated since the 1980s.
Some other users came out in defense of Carlos Ballarta and they said that the comedian’s humor is offensive and that the only possible remedy was to stop seeing him. Still others felt that he is “aware of the limits” of his comedy and is always constantly evolving to improve it. However, this is not the first time that Ballarta He is widely criticized on social networks for dealing with sensitive issues.
In October 2021, he expressed his dislike for the contents of Roberto Gómez Bolaños, better known as ‘Chespirito, and stated that it is one of the worst things that has happened to Mexican comedy. He confessed that he does not allow his son to see the contents of the legendary Mexican comedian who starred in series such as ‘La Vecindad del Chavo’ and ‘El Chapulín Colorado’.