You know who didn’t love her? The oligarchs. They thought she was kind of trashy, for real.
First of all: “Whom did you dine with yesterday?” is a really great way to ask your friends who they’re sleeping with if you want them to have no idea what you’re talking about and be like “Betty, my cubicle mate?” This has the added advantages of making your friends’ sex lives seem far more exciting than they are.
Second, there are several reasons Eva was not accepted by the wealthy oligarchs of the country. It wasn’t because she was an actress – or, it wasn’t only that. Up until the 1930′s the oligarchs in Buenos Aires had fancied themselves Europeans both because of their white skin and their penchant for European architecture. However, poverty began forcing people – like Eva Duarte – from the country into the city. The official Eva Peron website (which is maintained by her family) remarks:
Its inhabitants were not used to slums and ‘yesterday’s mate [ herbal tea] drying in the sun’ so it could be used again. The owners of the palaces on Avenida Alvear, the oligarchs, members of the landowning aristocracy, were used to traveling to Europe. They were not used to the slap-in-the-face reality of tenements and slums on their own doorstep.”
Her presence was likely a reminder that the times, and their way of life, was changing.