The Ecuadorian Embassy in Spain “energetically rejected the insulting terms” used by host José Antonio Fúster to satirize Ecuador in his program ‘Gracias por Nada,’ broadcast by Intereconomía TV.
In the show aired on September 13, 2017, Fúster referred to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who had been living in the Embassy of Ecuador in London since 2012. Fúster made a satire of what the Australian would be living at the diplomatic headquarters in the United Kingdom.
In a communiqué dated September 20, 2017, the Ecuadorian Embassy in Madrid stated that Fúster “satirizes certain cultural features that are deformed, in a hostile manner, with the aim of ridiculing Ecuadorians, using vulgar, xenophobic and racist expressions that publicly incite discrimination, hatred, and violence towards our community.”
The Diplomatic Mission states that Ecuador is a “country of dialogue, understanding, and peace, that professes a deep respect for the differences among peoples and nations.” Through the communiqué, the Ecuadorian Embassy thanked the Spanish people for hosting 422,000 citizens of the Ecuadorian community residing in Spain, of which more than half also have the Spanish nationality.