Congratulations once again to the Spanish national soccer team, or “La Furia Roja,” as they’re known in their home country, for shaking off the years of frustration, failure, and choking since their last Euro win in 1964.
But that success took its toll in parts back home: the International Erotic Film Festival of Barcelona reported a serious decline in attendance on Saturday. Aiming for the same audience, the festival had obviously expected the Spaniards to do their usual (up to now) disappearing act in the knock out rounds.
Previous editions of the event, which features performances by buxom strippers and appearances by top porn stars, have drawn over 50,000 people.
FICEB director Juli Simon blamed the lower-than-expected turnout on the fact that the festival’s opening day coincided with Spain’s 3-0 Euro 2008 semi-final win over Russia which drew a record Spanish television audience of 17 million.
“Football is one of the few things that can compete with sex,” he told private television station Telecinco.
Over-the-top goal celebrations, piling on, massive celebration upon victory….yeah, I can see it now. It’s worth noting that Spain, like many European countries, has a slightly more liberated attitude towards nudity, sex, and pornography. I got a bit of a shock when I went there as a high schooler and saw porn on the basic channels provided by the hotel. So, an erotic film festival is probably a bit different over there in terms of the shock factor.
With the European Championship trophy now residing in Madrid for the next four years, I sense those who would have been in attendance got the release and thrill they would have been looking for at the festival anyhow.