According to the World Bank, 41% of the population in the Dominican Republic live below the poverty line, making it a nation in great need of economic solidity. A majority of its people do not have steady homes, living in insubstantial houses subjected to constant threats by the usual storms and hurricanes that brutally tear the most delicate areas of the country. Nonetheless, within this republic there are still odd amounts of people that enjoy a vast number of extreme unnecessary commodities, and there is a magazine that has put to their hands the charge of displaying these. This magazine is referred to as Hola (República Dominicana), Hello (Dominican Republic). The Hello magazine is an international journal that is adapted to many countries, including the Dominican Republic, mainly exhibiting the occurrences of the people in the highest class of the country’s social stratification; in other words, an exhibition of the rather uninteresting lifestyle of what some may call, “the elite.” Nevertheless, in a nation with crude third world problems, this magazine’s Dominican edition mocks the most fragile of the Dominican population –which lacks the basic resources needed for a humble lifestyle. Such portrays only a biased vision of what the country is like, while at the same time, praising despicable people who have acted disgracefully towards their own society.
The Dominican Republic is in an ongoing struggle with tortoises living in the hands of hares, every capitalist nation is; but the brutal way the Hello magazine envisages and admires these hares is absurd and unreasonable. There is indeed nothing immoral about displaying the people that live within a certain society, yet, the way they ludicrously contemplate individuals with high-end purses or shoes make it appear as if these were the most fundamental things in a human’s existence. I am in no way introducing a conversation about how love is the most essential thing in life, and how those that are material are not necessary –these topics are not only worn too much, but will also be hypocritical coming out of me– yet, I am indeed establishing that there is no need to make the whole Dominican population vision an unachievable reality, in terms of it being in compound. By presenting images of insignificant people that have done nothing to contribute to the overall well-being of their society, with cliché captions that will make readers cringe, one must indeed question the knowledge inside these writer’s empty minds, and their view of the real version of the nation they reside in. In addition to the previous, they are indirectly encouraging the perhaps working/middle class population that the obtainment of capital is perhaps “all that matters.”
The Hello (Dominican Republic) website explicitly states “Hello! Dominican Republic is full of glamour, elegance and sophistication in every detail.” However, the words glamour, elegance and sophistication are so far-fetched from the truth inside the Dominican Republic. Moreover, their articles are completely irrelevant and uninteresting, with headings that include “____ looks stunning 3 months after her pregnancy” or “____ went on a walk with her boyfriend___.” They repeat the same people volume by volume, given that the amount of persons that live in this idealistic reality they want to portray–in a nation with people lacking basic education– are limited. There is also a constant need to praise people that have furtively somewhat behaved masochistically towards their own society. They cherry-pick the adjectives used to describe specific individuals who have committed crimes against their nation, while neglecting these crimes and highlighting their “chic night look.”
As a representation of the most hollow, oblivious and materialistic journal in the twenty first century comes Hello! Dominican Republic, a magazine that highlights people who have indeed been the capable however inactive forces in the face of a country in need. A magazine that salivates for those who own many material goods. A magazine that is indifferent towards people that have acted for the welfare of their community. A magazine that propagates individuals who have done bad, as being “good,” just because they have a pair of Louboutin. A magazine that disregards how life weights more than a Valentino clutch, and one that overlooks the fact that there is a whole nation being poorly fed, and poorly educated: one that ignores it exists inside The Dominican Republic, Hello?!