“Les pibis”, the expression with inclusive language of a young civil servant that went viral


While the inclusive language is increasingly used, both at the social level and also at the political level, by officials and institutions, still generates resistance in a part of the population. Among those who incorporated it more easily and even identify with its use, are the youngest.

Around this question, Lucas Grimson, of 19 years and a member of the Department of Adolescents and Youth of the Ministry of Health, generated a wave of repercussions on social networks, as a result of the words he used in a speech he gave on Wednesday.

The official participated in the morning report that the health portfolio makes every day to communicate data related to the coronavirus in Argentina, on the occasion of the International Youth Day. But what was surprising was that, when he spoke, he not only used the “e”, but also because he went a little further by incorporate an “i”.

The words in question were “les pibis”, and they opened a new category of debate. “It is key that we young people also take care of ourselves. Nobody is more cool for not wearing a mask in the street or for putting it on badly,” he said.

The kids, the girls, them pibis We can be part of facing this pandemic, “Grimson closed the sentence while commenting on the actions they are taking to accompany this pandemic and its psychosocial consequences.

The objective of the organization was to highlight the participation of that group in the context of COVID-19, but ultimately what generated the greatest repercussion and even controversy on social media was the official’s expression.

The video of the conference garnered tens of thousands of views on Twitter. Many people they supported their participation, especially teenagers who celebrated his speech, and others manifested rejection.

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