Miguel Bosé, Diego Luna and Rafa Márquez are calling for an end to violence in Mexico
Personalities from different backgrounds who agree on the need to build peace are gathered in the city of Merida. Actor Diego Luna, former soccer player Rafael Márquez and singer Miguel Bosé had the opportunity to meet to talk about the need for greater social participation in favor of the pacification of Mexico.
Their participation took place in the Forum "Art and Sport as Peacebuilders" of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which takes place in the Mexican city. All three pointed to the need for a more participatory society in favor of diversity and culture.
Diego Luna put above his work as an artist his quality as a citizen and said that "Mexico needs peace, taking into account that the rates of violence by drug trafficking is high. In addition to being an actor, he is a recognized social activist and promoter of social causes in the country.
To show this, he took advantage of his participation to point out that the gay-lesbian community is not well represented in the Congress of Yucatan, the state where the Summit takes place, because on two occasions they rejected the law on same-sex weddings. For this statement, the actor was cheered by the audience.
He also spoke about the controversial series "Narcos: Mexico," in which he played a leading role. When it premiered in 2018, some considered the content to be an apology for drug trafficking and the leaders of these criminal groups, but Diego Luna argued that art is a reflection of reality, and it is not his responsibility to establish a better social context.
"Art should not cover our eyes or paint a reality that is not ours, art has a responsibility to confront us with ourselves," he said.
He defended the story of the series because it shows how a criminal group emerged with support from government officials at all levels of the country.
From Diego Luna's point of view, one of the great scourges of the country is economic inequality and the unwillingness of its society to reflect on how unjust Mexicans are in the context they live in and how much they can do.
Composer and singer Miguel Bosé stated that citizens have a right to peace, which in his opinion is a very short word rarely included in songs. The artist is honorary president of the Fundación Patrimonio Indígena MX, a non-profit organization for the well-being of Mexico's indigenous peoples and communities.
Rafael Márquez, a former player for the Spanish club Barcelona and a former Mexican national team, stressed the importance of holding the Nobel Prize Summit for the first time in Mexico. Although he is now retired from the field, he admitted that athletes have some responsibility to set an example.
He highlighted the solidity, constancy, and coherence, as necessary qualities in an athlete that serve as an example for new generations. For Rafa Márquez, when footballers realize that they are a model to imitate, it moves them and makes them work harder on the pitch.