Can you picture your country’s prime minister sitting at a wedding table named “Céline Dion”? It happened in Spain! Politician Javier Maroto got married this Friday. Being a dedicated Eurovision fan, he ensured his wedding guests – which included Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy – were seated at tables named after Eurostars like Loreen, Céline Dion and Massiel. A truly Eurovision flavoured wedding! But why is this news, you ask…
If you’ve been to Spain lately (and understand Spanish and a bit about Spanish political buzz), you’ll know that yesterday Javier Maroto, one of the vice-secretaries of the People’s Party (PP, the conservatives) married his long-term boyfriend Josema Rodríguez in what has turned into one of the political storms of the year. Let me explain… [And let Alex from Electro Velvet help me!]
Maroto is one of the highest ranked members of PP, a party which until shortly before this wedding, stood firmly against gay marriage. The party even includes some politicians who have considered gay people to be “ill” or “disturbed”. BOOOO?
They even brought an (unsuccessful) appeal in 2012 to Spain’s Constitutional Tribunal to try to demonstrate that gay marriage was anti-constitutional. So now, imagine all the upper echelons of this party, celebrating the wedding of one of their newest fat cats with his boyfriend. Hilarious, isn’t it?
The wedding raised lots of questions amongst the press in Spain whether Mr. Rajoy should attend or not, as he was one of the main opponents to the Gay Marriage Act, passed in Spain 10 years ago. The situation is even stranger when you consider that there have been rumours about the prime minister’s sexuality for a very long time (as long as I can remember, tbh).
In the end, Rajoy went to the event, and he apparently had a great time! (Come on, it’s a wedding!) And why did he have a such great time? Because of the Eurovision theme! I mean, the wedding song was “Quédate Conmigo”, y’all!
Maroto’s wedding was surely amazing. It’s not like we wanted to be there (no, we aren’t really into Spanish right-wing realness), but “Quédate Conmigo” won’t have been the only Eurovision song of the night. Am I the only one picturing Rajoy with his tie on his head singing “Yiufooooooooriaaaa”?
Would you play Eurovision songs at your wedding? Would you name the guest tables after Eurovision stars? Would you invite Mariano Rajoy? Tell us below!
Oh, and why Electro Velvet? I wanted to remind you they still exist, because I truly believe on their careers and I thi- NO! They were just fun.