A viral video from Barcelona’s annual Fiestas de la Mercé shows a striptease performed by two men on a stage in front of visibly disgusted underage girls.
The men strip to their underwear–a**less chaps and a thong–while they danced, before turning around and exposing their partially covered buttocks to the crowd.
The performers were a comic duo known as ‘Losin All Forms.’
The inappropriate performance evoked a furious response from Barcelona’s Town Hall.
Uno de los espectáculos ‘culturales’ de #LaMerce2019 programados por @bcn_ajuntament fue un striptease para todos los públicos, incluido niños. Pediremos explicaciones y responsabilidades a @AdaColau sobre esta actuación en Paseo Lluís Companys. Vergonzoso! pic.twitter.com/BjWQiziaB6
— Óscar Ramírez Lara (@oramirezlara) September 25, 2019
Barcelona’s Town Hall councilor spokesperson, Oscar Ramírez Lira, called the performance ‘shameful’ and demanded answers from the event’s planners.
Lira also drew attention to the failure to vet the content prior to its delivery in front of an underage audience.
The controversial video, which sparked an outrage among social media users, was taken from the annual Catalan event that takes place every year between the 21st and 24th of September since 1871 to celebrate the Virgin of Grace (Mare de Déu de la Mercè), the patron saint of the archdiocese of Barcelona, and co-patroness—along with Saint Eulàlia—of Barcelona.
Some place the origins of the celebrations as back as far as 1687, when Barcelona suffered a plague of locusts.
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