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Author: Glamorama Team / June 13, 2022

“Have you been discriminated against? “, asked Martín Cárcamo to Priscilla Vargas in From you to you.

Then the journalist who hosts Here We Are All on Channel 13 recounted situations she experienced at Mega, where she worked for 20 years, related to her name and place of origin. Here are his words:

“Yes. At one point I went to ask for a job in a chain and a person I had met in practice and who at that time was the boss received me and said super affectionate… They didn’t realize it either, so I didn’t blame him. He said ‘Hi Priscilla, how are you? And how is Saint Bernard?’

“And when he told me that, I said ‘this question is going to cost me dearly, because if I lived in Providencia, Vitacura, Santiago or Ñuñoa, they wouldn’t tell me how Providencia is.’ And it was the first time I came out of the bubble.

“After being in Mega, I give thanks because they gave me the opportunity to start and I had a wonderful career, but I had a career in which there were also a lot of sacrifices and to at some point I met people who made it harder for me.

“At one point I felt that probably because I didn’t come from a town in the eastern sector, or because I didn’t have a foreign surname or because my name was Priscilla… I had never given up in question my name.

“At one point I ask the producer ‘why can’t I go out and make mobiles?’ When someone was missing is when to take advantage of the opportunities. And he’s like, “what’s happening is they don’t like you because your name is Priscilla, and you know how poh this thing is.” He was too embarrassed to tell me.

“A few days later, I remember walking by and hearing him say ‘no poh! But how are you going to send her to a cell phone, her name is Priscilla Vargas! And I remember I’m leaving, they picked me up then, and I parked on a street to cry. She cried and said “it’s strange that I’m crying because my name is Priscilla Vargas”.

“At one point I said ‘how heavy, because I’m always going to have to show more than the others’. I lived very far away, on Gran Avenida, and I was never late. I never missed work. She was always well dressed, because back then that was how they saw you they treated you, and she was always well dressed in case there was an opportunity to make a mobile phone because the journalist did not show up.

“I was always ready and I wore makeup. And just like I had extras (news, on screen), because it was like ‘it happened, there’s a gas leak’, they looked, this one is wearing sneakers, this one is wearing a sweatshirt, ‘Priscilla!’, and I was on the air with the extras.

“Later I overcame that adversity and when I saw people protesting in the streets, because this country is class oriented, because it gives opportunities to the few, because it costs more dear to others, because opportunities are reserved for a privileged group…I say “they’re absolutely right” and it still is.

“People in this country, especially in Santiago, I made my career in television, it’s much more difficult, it becomes much more difficult. But I accepted it and I insisted, insisted, insisted, until my first and last name wasn’t an issue because they realized I had the skills, but those early years were super tough.


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