Mexican TV clown host threatens Twitter user

Silvia Viñas at Global Voices reports that Victor Trujillo, a television host on the Spanish language Televisa network who plays the character of "Brozo the Creepy Clown," was not amused by a Twitter user's fake account impersonation of Brozo's co-star Marissa Rivera.

"You are in danger," the green-wigged clown intoned, in what has since become a widely-circulated web video and a trending Twitter topic (#brozo).

His actual words in Spanish to the fake tweeter were,

"Ya estamos sobre tí. Estamos muy cerca de tí." "Ya estás en peligro [...] ya te chingaste."
Which means, more or less: We know about you. We're very close to you (we're on to you). Now you've really fucked yourself.

Now, it should be noted that Brozo el Payaso Tenebroso is not the host of a children's show, and is more of a comically aggressive anti-hero. His character is known for over-the-top antics, aggressive taunts, sleazy comments toward women, and generalized vulgarity.

Still, the blogger on whose site I found the video echoes one thread of public sentiment in Mexico around this incident:

The rhetoric of the narcos, of crime, of the mafia, in the official media. A symptom of social sickness. Symbolic violence as spectacle. Mexico is at war all over the place. What a shame; what a pain; how pathetic. Grow up.
Here's one of the earlier accounts in a major news daily in Mexico, at El Grafico. Pepe Flores at the tech blog ALT1040 has a related post (both of these links in Spanish).


  1. The ‘Brozo’ character was a very witty, acerbic, irreverent personage that, in the tradition of the court jester, got away with serious criticism towards media, the government and society, back when it started. But as his influence grew, and he was hired by the monopolistic Televisa network (a favorite target of his previous attacks) he became a paradox. His involvement in a ‘video-scandal’ that smeared the reputation of the main opposition candidate for the 2006 election (that concluded in reclamations of vote fraud) also tarnished his public perception.

    Sad to see that now he fell for a troll and overreacted. Or, maybe, as some are commenting, this is part of the current media campaign over ACTA negotiations; recent notes in Televisa’ newstainment shows over ‘the dangers of internet annonimity’ and how traditional news are fuming over people expressing their opinions and calling out blatant lies are at a peak. Coincidence?

  2. Brozo’s character is supposed to be violent in means and words. He is probably one of the few Mexican figures who actually curses in national television. While it is not an isolated case that he confronts someone in a prepotent/arrogant manner, it is funny the overreaction of the audience, specially when Brozo’s characterization of the narco-speech is so similar to that of Mr. Burns, the Simpsons character.

    I guess those who say that clown was out of line are the same that over-react with Daryl Cagle’s narco-cartoon of the Mexican flag. Hitzs a nerve, but says more of what the audience fears than anything about the character of Brozo or Victor Trujillo himself.

    What a shame, what a pain, how pathetic, those who prefer silence than mockery.

  3. What Victor Trujillo or “the clown” is saying is that the person impersonating his co-worker is in “danger” of being found and brought to the authorities, it looks like that person wasn’t only using a fake twitter account, it was someone trying to cause Marissa Rivera harm in some way.
    Clearly the clown is mad, but it’s not as evil as it is portrayed, furthermore, he’s not a real “clown” he’s a political commentator in Mexico that combines harsh political topics with black humor.

  4. Almost like in Borgotavia, where a giant steam agricultural device called Borgo The Plow chased and killed a farting donkey in the fields outside Castle Pupicu.

    The 300 years long War of the Potato Fields followed.

  5. I think the meaning of this is more deep than just a “clown” “threatening” somebody on web. it is a message that freedom on web is not to be confused with freewill to do whatever you want to do. I mean, is it alright if I, as an example, follow or menace somebody else on web? (I am talking about the user on twitter). We have to think and asses all points of view…

  6. What a shame, what a pain, how pathetic, those who prefer silence than mockery.

    What a tragedy those who can’t tell the difference between mockery and threats.

  7. I think the problem is you are really missing the context of this. What this tv host says is absolutely outrageous and unnaceptable, he sounds like a narco, same logic same attitude.

    He works for the biggest TV monopoly known from any kind of abuses, including just stealing some spectrum at a bargain price.

    Televisa is one of the chronic symptoms of social decadence in Mexico, including their programming and agenda. FORO TV the channel where they broadcast the programm of this clown is meant to have “citizen agenda” (that no one eats) but regardless that, he is just saying that who ever speaks about them, mess with all of them and they have all the power to destroy you.

    This clown should be kicked out of public television asap. He is not mockering, he is threating someone (a troll), abusing the apparent power that Television and Televisa – a de facto power – always had abused in Mexico.

    This is truly the worst of Televisa in action.

    1. This is utter nonsense.

      Televisa always has had people that don’t quite adhere to their greater plan of TV dominance. From the ultraleftist Tomas Mojarro that had a radio program several years in a Televisa’s radio station to Brozo, who lampoons anybody in power.

      I saw the video clip and it is a clear warning that they are using all the legals powers thay have (both in the company and the legal spheres) to catch up with somebody that has crossed the line.

      Anybody reading threats on this is utterly derided. To say “ya te chingaste” is akin to say “you will be caught”, nothing more, nothing less.

  8. I want to watch this show every week. Why isn’t this clown Godfather on satellite TV worldwide? Isn’t that a cocktail shaker on the table next to him? What’s his drink?

    1. you know what he meant, dude.

      Quiero dar un saludo y gracias a nuestra audiencia Mexicana… todos ustedes que conocen las detalles, que son del mismo pais… thanks for stopping by and commenting. Really interesting, informed comments from you guys.

      1. sorry, xeni. my pedantry came from a quick glossing of the comment and not a close read. missed the origins of the commenter, i think.

  9. Yes….disgusting that he did that… it has no justification… BUT, seriously, this doesn’t have anything to do directly or indirectly with the narco…NO. not everything bad that comes out from Mexico has to do with the narco…

  10. In Mexico that is not a threat. In Mexico a threat usually involves someone firing shots at your home, while a “friendly” voice over the phone describes your daily activities as proof that they have been watching you.

    A threat in MExico is a gang of goons pulling you into a car at night, beating you to an inch of you life and then throwing you into a ditch in the bad part of town…..

    What Brozo did is merely a friendly advice in here.

    In fact, given the conditions in Mexico, coming out in defense of a lady coworker is to be applauded.

    1. “In fact, given the conditions in Mexico, coming out in defense of a lady coworker is to be applauded.”

      The point is: Brozo didn’t specify what was the tipping point on the troll’s tweets. There is wide speculation over it being possible slander about his relationship with the co-worker, or comments on his program and Televisa’s agenda that might have upset the company’s obsession with information control (many of their talking heads are in a war against the use of Twitter due to its’ possibilities of misinformation, as well as for scooping their news gathering). Also, there is the possibility that they were real threats to him, the coworker of his family. Since this hasn’t been made public, it’s not that easy to say if this was an overreaction.

      But what irked the most of the blogosphere is the attitude, that, backed by the power of the network, is implicit as ‘don’t you lowly bloggers dare upset or contradict us, we have the power to squash you’. And this, specially given there’s a current scandal of airwave spectrum allocation by the government, given to Televisa via shady maneuvers at incredibly low prices, besides other judicial cases and apparent backing of a candidate for the 2012 elections, where Televisa’s financial and de-facto political power has been flaunted, is what makes this, that could have been written off just as ratings-seeking theatrics, a very insulting action to the viewers instead.

      1. But what irked the most of the blogosphere is the attitude, that, backed by the power of the network, is implicit as ‘don’t you lowly bloggers dare upset or contradict us, we have the power to squash you’

        Well, at least in the video segment posted here, the clown has not said that a group of “lowly bloggers” should not upset or contradict him. He is specifically speaking to the one twitter user upseting him by whatever was posted.

        From the good information you display about the current airwave allocation scandal, I gather you too live or have lived in Mexico.I gather you know how things work down here. So, seriously, do you think that if this tweeter user was upsetting Televisa (and hence, the Azcarraga clan) he would not have disappeared quietly into the night only to be found next morning as another “narco killing each other” casualty of the current drug war?

        Not defending the clown. I myself, in spite of the connotation of my signname prefer the rule of law, but knowing the situation in Mexico, I still think the clown is merely warning a cyberstalker or similar pest.

        1. “Well, at least in the video segment posted here, the clown has not said that a group of “lowly bloggers” should not upset or contradict him. He is specifically speaking to the one twitter user upseting him by whatever was posted.”

          But the openly stated ‘You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us’ more than inflamed the ‘community’ sense of twitterers and bloggers. And even assuming any scummy actions from the troll, he’s the underdog on this; nothing unites young web denizens in Mexico like the possibility of taking a potshot against Televisa.

          “I still think the clown is merely warning a cyberstalker or similar pest.”

          The troll more than got his/her money’s worth then, making Brozo end up looking like a prepotent fool and alienating himself to the netizens. The ‘cyberpolice is backtracing this!’ and ‘Consequences will never be the same’ soundtrack could very well be used as alternate soundtrack to his ‘warning’ :-)

  11. Translation is correct. This rethoric isn’t close to what narcos usually say. It’s closer to our recent dictatorial past.

    Powerful governors and politicians usually use this language against their political enemies.

  12. If this surprises you, you may want to watch more Spanish network TV. It’s the best entertainment for your dollar out there. (FWIW, hispanic household, so we watch english and spanish tv equally)

    My personal favorite moment was years ago when the asteroids were going to impact Jupiter. The main news channel’s 6:00pm broadcast had the weatherman refuse to give the forcast because “the world is going to end tonight when the comet impacts Jupiter”. My wife was terrifed and despite my assurances that we wouldn’t even notice a breeze being, oh, 500 million miles away or so, felt the need to put her final effects in order.

    “Everything is true on the internet”? TV’s had that beat for years.

  13. Brozo said today that wasnt a twitter user, someone was using a facebook account to post personal information of his cohost, and his cohost daughter, including his personal address, thats why they reported to the police.

    “A decir de Brozo, el usuario de facebook habría subido datos personales de la familia de Rivera, específicamente de su hija, por lo que la producción del programa se puso en contacto con el dueño de la cuenta para solicitar que bajara la información. “Me la voy a chingar como sea”, fue su respuesta según Brozo.”

    “Días antes en la misma cuenta habrían difundido la dirección en donde vivía Marissa Rivera, hechos que fueron interpretados como una amenaza para la seguridad de la conductora. ”

    google translation:

    A Brozo say, the user of facebook would have raised personal data of the Rivera family, specifically his daughter, so that production of the program contacted the account owner to request to come down the information. “I’m going to fuck as” was his response as Brozo.

    Days before the same account would have released the address where he lived Marissa Rivera, facts that were interpreted as a threat to the safety of the cohost.


    i think that the mistake brozo make yesterday, was that he didnt say what was happening, he only threatened someone on the internet, and people react against that.

  14. BTW, Brozo was agressive and intimidating like this before he landed on Televisa. He worked for TV Azteca in the 90s with other variety programs, in which he maintained his controversial nature.

    One of his responses to the media after the reaction of Twitter users was: “si mi tono les incomoda o les ofende es el mismo tono que tengo desde hace 22 años” (“if my mood/tone offends you or makes you uncomfortable, it is the same I’ve used for 22 years”).

    And yeah, pardon my grammar and mockering :P

  15. Something you have to keep in mind is that if somebody is issuing threats in Mexico, specially if they include specific information about you, they can’t just be brushed aside.

    The rich and famous are not safe in Mexico, politicians, actors, footballers, journalists, news readers, you name it, have all been kidnapped and/or assasinated in recent years.

    Truly sad situation…

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