The latest advert for Spain’s famous El Gordo lottery (entitled The Guiris) is a little worrying. The take-home message seems to be: don’t let the guiris win our lottery and buy up our property. If you, a Spanish national, buy a lottery ticket, you reduce the chances of them winning.
All photos: Loterías y Apuestas del Estado/YouTube
Set in Benidorm, the advert starts off with foreign tourists telling the camera what they love about Spain: paella, the sun, flamenco – all to a backdrop of jolly music and scenes of people enjoying Spain’s wonderful Beni lifestyle. The guiris then go on to talk (in questionable Spanish) about how they feel increasingly comfortable here in Spain, and also how everything here is so cheap. Hmm.
About halfway through the video, the music suddenly becomes eerie, giving us the feeling that something terrible lurks beneath the initial storyline. A British couple, both sat in mobility scooters – now an iconic part of the laid-back Benidorm lifestyle – point towards the sky and say:
But what I like most is that apartment – the one on the top floor.
The camera pans to a large penthouse apartment at the top of a skyscraper – a home that many Spaniards and guiris alike could only dream of.
Dutch guiri says he wants to buy a chiringuito and change its Spanish name to a Dutch one.
Russian guiri says he’d like to buy a piece of the beach, spreading his arms to demonstrate the extent of what he’d like for himself.
Then comes the sinister laughing, as the guiris hold up their lottery tickets and grin.
The video ends with the haunting sound of a ticking grandfather clock, perhaps to signify that it’s only a matter of time before the guiris buy up the whole of Spain’s costas, completing the supposed process of colonisation that has been so inevitable for years.
One can’t help but wonder if this advert at all reflects how foreigners living on the costas are viewed through Spanish eyes, but one thing is for certain – its demonisation of guiris is worrying.
Watch the full video here: