Following the premiere of the HBO documentary “Menudo: Forever Young,” talk show anchor Cristina Saralegui is receiving criticism for standing behind disgraced music producer Edgardo Dáz despite sexual misconduct charges against him.
The latest HBO film is about a boy band that Edgardo Diaz, a music producer, started in Puerto Rico in 1977. The documentary demonstrates Edgardo Diaz’s preoccupation with youth, emphasising how he wanted the boy band to stay “forever young,” and that once a member turned 16, he was expelled and replaced by a younger member. In the documentary, numerous ex-members accuse Diaz of rape and of torturing them physically and mentally. Many members first brought forward the allegations in 1991. However, Diaz had previously debunked all of the accusations against him while co-hosting a well-known talk show with Cristina Saralegui. Cristina Saralegui defended Diaz’s purported “innocence.” But ever since the documentary’s debut, the TV host has come under fire for allegedly supporting a sexual predator.
Criticizing Diaz and Cristiana, a Twitter user wrote: “Just finished watching HBO Max’s #MenudoForeverYoung. My early years were greatly influenced by the band. I used to own four Menudo albums, but I no longer do. I wish I had them still. You should watch the documentary. F*CK Cristina Saralegui and F*CK Edgardo Dáz.” “Shame on Cristina Saralegui for not believing the Menudo lads when they claimed to have been abused. Menado Forever Young “another tweeted.
Just finished watching HBO Max’s #MenudoForeverYoung. My early years were greatly influenced by the band. I used to own four Menudo albums, but I no longer do. I wish I had them still. You should watch the documentary. F*CK Cristina Saralegui and F*CK Edgardo Dáz.
What has become of Cristina Saralegui?
One of Cristina’s five siblings was born in Cuba. Her family moved to Miami, Florida, from Cuba in the 1960s, where she was raised by traditional and strict parents. Cristina, a determined woman who studied at the University of Miami, eventually worked for Cosmopolitan as a Spanish editor. In 1989, she launched “El Program de Cristina,” a popular conversation show on Univision that garnered millions of viewers. Cristina talked about topics like AIDS, homosexuality, and adolescent sex during a time when these topics were stigmatised. “People warned me, ‘Hispanics are not ready for this,” she said. They won’t discuss it. Do you know what I learned? They were mistaken; they had no forum. Unsurprisingly, given how inflammatory and controversial the show’s subject was, the audience adored it.
After more than 20 years, ‘El Show de Cristina’ on Univision was cancelled in November 2010. By then, Cristina had already founded her own studio for cinema and television as well as an AIDS charity. In January 2012, Cristina’s radio show on SiriusXM made its debut and started airing. Cristina and guitarist Marcos Avila have been married since 1982. Together, they have raised three children. This includes their son and one child from each of their previous relationships.
The pair currently resides in Miami, and Cristina seems satisfied for the time being to be retired. Additionally, she recently learned that she has ataxia, a condition that affects coordination. In a recent interview, Cristina said that she now has more time for reading in addition to looking after her grandchildren in Miami and Connecticut. She also makes jewellery. Cristina claimed that despite receiving numerous job offers over the years, none had convinced her to leave retirement.
In the same interview, Cristina talked about her initial reluctance to have the Covid-19 immunisation and how her friend Emilio Estefan eventually convinced her to. She has since made it a point to encourage others to get the immunisation and to follow their doctors’ recommendations. For the time being, Cristina is having a good time with her family and dogs. She had mentioned doing television before she started writing. But Cristina has maintained that spending time with her family comes before going back to work.