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Today in Latin American History

Spanish King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to Shut Up in 2007

Spanish King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to Shut Up in 2007

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Today in Latin American history, Spanish King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez “Por qué no te callas?” (Why don’t you just shut up?) in 2007.

At the 2007 Ibero-American Summit in Santiago, Chile, when Chávez was repeatedly interrupting Prime Minister of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s speech.

The king’s rebuke received applause from the general audience.

The phrase became an overnight sensation, gaining cult status as a mobile-phone ringtone, spawning a domain name, a contest, T-shirt sales, and YouTube videos.

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