ay night to say that La Comay —the Puerto Rican puppet character whose show ended in early 2013 after a 2012 flurry of social media activity and boycotts led to a mass exodus of the show’s sponsors due to the character’s anti-gay statements— will return to the airwaves.
“OFFICIAL: THE MEDIOCRE ONES AND THE COWARDS HAVE DONE TOO MUCH DAMAGE TO US, BUT LA COMAY IS COMING BACK!!! MARK IT DOWN AND LET THEW WITCHES AND THE IMPROVISERS SUFFER. SORRY, COMING SOON! H.T.”
This isn’t the first time there have been rumors that La Comay is coming back. And we will say this again, when we played a major part in educating public in 2012 and 2013 about how the team behind the puppet revels in yellow journalism that has caused pain to many. Nonetheless, in an age where there are controversies in Puerto Rico that lead to even more unnecessary division, the last thing Puerto Rican media and society needs is the return of a puppet.
It will be interesting to see how Puerto Ricans respond to this one, because in 2012-2013, they toppled the island’s then to-rated show. And as much as you don’t think so, Puerto Rico is better for it. In fact, some will argue that the Comay social media experience has laid the ground for other campaigns, including, yes, the one going on right now with the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and the Oscar López Rivera controversy.
But as for Travieso and La Comay? Your show contaminated the island for years and did nothing to raise the bar or the dialogue. If you think that your return is a good move, we are here to tell you that it is not.