Mexican politician lifts speech from ‘House of Cards’

A former mayor from the Mexican state of Tlaxcala appears to have copied a speech directly from Frank Underwood, the protagonist of popular Netflix program “House of Cards.”


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Miguel Angel Covarrubias Cervantes has been accused of plagiarism on social media. His speech echoes almost word-for-word a 2016 promotional trailer entitled “The Leader We Deserve.” Cervantes’ version also uses the House of Cards signature music in the background.

Netflix has responded on Twitter with a video addressed to the people of Mexico featuring actor Michael Kelly: “It’s not a competition. You have no idea where people take their inspiration from. Pay attention now.” The video is captioned in Spanish: “Imitation is not always the highest form of flattery. #Tlaxcala”

Both the original speech and Netflix’ response were posted Tuesday.


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