Mexicans wear awful hats … and will give you AIDS

Talk about ads that speak for themselves. This print campaign was assigned by Marie Stopes, a British NGO, warning Brits about the dangers of unprotected sex. What’s more embarrassing -his hat or what he might give you? asks the copy showing, what else?, a guy wearing a big Mexican hat (similar to that of my friend Pedro, from Pedroland)

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According to Mexico’s press reports, the NGO has apologized to the Mexican government, saying it was not its intention to single out Mexicans as purveyors of deadly diseases, and that the posters were distributed through several British clinics years ago.

OK, but what about the hat? can someone tell the Brits that –even though we ALL wear these things on our heads– we don’t actually write the word MEXICO on them… How ignorant is that?

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25 Responses to Mexicans wear awful hats … and will give you AIDS

  1. Aldo Quevedo says:

    well, in reality you can have those very special limited-edition Mexico sombreros if you go to caleta in Acapulco or the heart of Cozumel. Clearlythey are designed for gringos and Canadian tourist (oops, I’m being a prejudist, I guess I need to apologize to someone later) so a Mexican citizen woudn’t be caught dead wearing it. So in that sense the ad also misses the mark.

  2. Adrian Perez says:

    I’m not sure if British NGO got it wrong. Most non-Mexican tourists in Mexico look like this guy after several cervezas or tequilas. I’ve also seen US born Latinos in this getup after several beers and tequila chasers. Perhaps where British NGO got it wrong is you can get STDs anywhere in the world. Many creative ad writers use experience as inspiration.

  3. Hershel says:

    So what? There is a lot of sexual tourism in Mexico (including child-exploitation), there’s a lot of stupid tourists getting high and having sex without condoms, the ad speaks to that target.

  4. Jose says:

    es una ofensa a los Mexicanos, deberían quitarlo de inmediato, a nadie nos gusta que nos estereotipen con alguna imagen absurda de algun país, zona o raza en particular, me siento ofendido como Mexicano con esta publicidad

  5. Hershel says:

    No están estereotipando a los mexicanos, están estereotipando a los turistas que se compran esos sombreros ridiculos, se emborrachan, y tienen sexo sin condones. Además, el tipo en la foto no parece ser mexicano.

  6. Cheve says:

    If the point is to single out the population with HIV, why not africans, i mean they ARE the world’s most HIV infected people but wait, they’re african, so it would be politically incorrect. So sure try the latinos and single out mexican folk, nobody cares about them, i know i’m probably not allowed to curse in hear, but hey, if they can publish those ads, i can say to whoever created this , and whoever authorized it:

    FUCK YOU, I HOPE YOU DIE THE WORSE DEAD AND WATCH EVERY ONE OF YOUR LOVED ONES BE MURDERED IN FRONT OF YOU.

    I’m sorry, i’m just so mad

  7. Marie says:

    WOW! Cheve, no really tell us how you really feel!!

    Sure the ad is stating that as tourist come in and out, they also party with out protection. But if the Blocs wanted to convey that why didn’t they use one of their territories like New Zealand or Australia. COME ON – COME ON!! This was an attack, I mean if our own in the USA attack us by putting up walls on our borders, the British think they can attack us from there too.

    But I say to you Blocs!! I DON’T THINK SO!!

    They should be ashamed of that!! Because that message creates the ugliness among ethnic groups!!

    JUST WRONG!!!!

  8. olivia says:

    WHAT´S NEW? THE FACT THAT THE ALMOST-CREATIVE PUBLISHER EVER BUT EVER TRAVELED TO MEXICO.THE IGNORANCE AND ANALPHABETISM I THOUGHT WAS AND AMERICAN EPIDEMY ?DON´T YOU DARE GRINGOS…YOU ARE NOT ALONE, THE WORLD IS FULL OF STUPIDS LIKE YOU.
    SO, YOU MIGHT STILL DREAMING ABOUT YOU ARE THE ONLY HABITANTS OF THE CONTINENT, THE REST IS SOUTH MEXICO AS YOUR BRAIN CAN PROCESS, THE MEXICANS HAVE AIDS ,THE BRITISH ARE STUPID LIKE YOU AND GOD SPEAKS ENGLISH….ALELUYA!!!

  9. Jorge says:

    Brits need to be warned about sexual diseases in foreign countries, this ad makes perfect sense. I don’t know why people are so upset about it. Where’s the common sense? The problem with tourists is that they think they’re on vacation and nothing can happen to them.

    And frankly, Olivia, your attacks on America are unwarranted. If America is such a crappy place, we wouldn’t have every illegal alien trying to get here.

  10. Cheve says:

    @jorge

    Sure, america is so cool that’s why every company treats you right, you have to make money on war and absolutely no terrorist on the world would like to repeat 9-11 (yes it’s a cheap blow , but so is the one on “illegal aliens”), by the way, how did you got to a name like that, doesn’t it sound kind of LATINO? maybe your folks were once illegal aliens, ever thought of that JORGE?

  11. Adrian Perez says:

    Wow. Perhaps the ad could be a rallying cry for all Latinos, legal or not. Cheve makes a good point about being singled out since it isn’t PC to attack Africans. But we as Americans who happen to be of Mexican decent, are proud of what this country offers and being 17 percent of the population means we command a powerful voting block and a strong economic voice as well. Unfortunately, until we fully exercise both, the media will do what they please with us.

    Adrian
    http://www.calmagazine.com

  12. kp says:

    Ok really? This ad is any guy after a few drinks on vacation. It could be a guy with an “I Love NY” t-shirt, or holding maracas, or wearing a grass-skirt! This was targeted at people going on vacation…. not at Mexicans. The message is to protect yourself against HIV when on vacation. Has anyone looked at the organization’s web site? http://www.mariestopes.org.uk/ …that’s what they’re all about. If it’s a campaign, it’s likely the organization has a few variations on the theme out there – it’s about safe sex anywhere you are in the world! Let’s lighten up.

  13. Duke says:

    Hey guys, leave the attacks behind or at least direct them at the Brits.

    I don’t get people who don’t see this as offensive.

    The dude is wearing a BIG-ASS-FUCKING hat that says “Mexico” on it, and to top it of they get a brown guy to wear it . And they it states “What’s more embarrassing his hat or what he might give you”, come on people…. It is pretty awful.

    I’m surprised this made it to the public before someone said “Are you bloody nuts mate?!?” But what can you expect from a country that even has a racist political party (BNP).

  14. Duke says:

    Hey guys, leave the attacks behind or at least direct them at the Brits.

    I don’t get people who don’t see this as offensive.

    The dude is wearing a BIG-ASS-FUCKING hat that says “Mexico” on it, and to top it off they get a brown guy to wear it . And then it states “What’s more embarrassing his hat or what he might give you”, come on people…. It is pretty awful.

    I’m surprised this made it to the public before someone said “Are you bloody nuts mate?!?” But what can you expect from a country that even has a racist political party (BNP).

  15. Jorge says:

    “But what can you expect from a country that even has a racist political party (BNP).”

    —First of all, in a democracy you have to allow racists political parties, communist parties, or whatever kind of party free people want to form. But don’t worry, England often persecutes the BNP and if you don’t have the right opinions, you’re charged with hate speech in that country.

    “how did you got to a name like that, doesn’t it sound kind of LATINO?’

    —And what sounds latino? Tubalcaín? Mari Provi? Zoraida? Dude! There is no one-name-fits-all Latinos. I work in hispanic advertising, I was born in Venezuela, that’s what makes me Latino.

    “maybe your folks were once illegal aliens, ever thought of that JORGE?”

    —No, my folks came to America legally and spent plenty of money no lawyers like law-abiding people dude.

    And please, don’t cry to me about illegal aliens. In Mexico, guatemalans and nicaraguans that are illegally in the country are often deported.

    In fact, my cousin had a difficult time getting a work visa in Mexico. So this anti-American rethoric I often see at latin websites is pure bullshit.

  16. olivia says:

    Maybe Jorge got the all-american blind disease. The point is not about the lucky your family had to spent in lawyers to be a legal resident and live in suburbs, lucky you!!! Maybe the petroleum oil company gave you the funds.
    But if you ever turn around your lucky head you might see millions with no chances, and against all human laws and egoism (like yours) suffer viola -tions, pain and more for the 5 dollars per hour salary in your new country. The worst thing you got when you arrived usa was forgiveness. And yes ,you can find a stupid alien wearing a mexican hat , full in alcohol, giving the show kissing anonimous asses and whatever double moral let you, des -troying private properties in hotels and bars,carring the outercountry flag of inmmunity ,where? In can cun: germans, americans like you, etc…

  17. olivia says:

    MANIFESTO TO THE BRITS:

    WE THE PEOPLE OF THE “GIVING YOU A DISEASE” COUNTRIES WARNING YOU TO TRAVEL WITH THE IDEA THAT SEX IS NOT A SOUVENIR.
    OUR HABITANTS ARE HUMAN BEINGS NOT SEXUAL MERCHANDAISE.
    IF YOU FINISHED TO FU%6$$ ALL YOUR COUNTRY , PLEASE RESTART SO YOU MIGHT NEVER CARRY ONE OF OUR SOUVENIRS BACK.
    AND WELCOME ALL THOSE WHO THINK THAT OUR COUNTRY IS NATURE, CULTURE, GASTRONOMY AND KINDNESS!!!

  18. Jorge says:

    Poor immigrants, Olivia. Never mind that “more for the 5 dollars per hour salary in your new country” is more than what they made in Mexico in a month. There’s a big difference between making $100 a month in Mexico compared to $500 or $700 here. I know one illegal that makes $1000 a month here. Of course, you probably expect America to be a big socialist mess like Europe, you want free healthcare, higher wages, and all the benefits.

    If you hate America so much, why are you here? The reason many latinos are here is because latin america is FUCKED UP!

  19. joseph says:

    fuck all of you ignorant people, ……. seriously think who mows your lawns? who blows your leafs ? who washes the dishes @ the chinese restuarants ? and who actually does their job without slacking off? WHO WILL SELL ORANGES ON A FREE WAY? WHITE PEOPLE I THINK NOT BLACK PEOPLE …….I DONT THINK SO >>>>>………..MEXICANS ,,,, WILL.:]

  20. Blondini says:

    I think we are missing the point. The advert was made by Brits aiming at Brits who go overseas and have unprotected sex, though actually you can buy “Mexico” hats in the Canaries!!! No dis intedended to Latinos, come to London and no one knows what a Latino is by the way, we don’t get that many over here outside WC1. Most of you are seeing this through Americano eyes, while the advert was made by Euros. The Atlantic Ocean has a lot to answer for and I’m afraid as that big fuck off racist Winston Churchill said “we are two nations divided by a common language”. It was made with the best intentions but with litttle understandng of who woud read it.

    Wear a condom for fuck sake.

  21. yuri says:

    TODAS LAS PERSONA QUE VIVEN EN MEXICO MEXICO LINDO QUE SIEMPRE ESTA NUESTRA RAIZ PORQUE NADI NOS BA AQUITAR EL LAPOLLO DE MEXICO VIVA VIVA VIAVA MEXICO ******MEXICO******VIVA**VIVA***MEXICO**VIVA*******

  22. yuri says:

    HOLA MI NOMBRE ES YURI Y SOY DE CUERNAVACA MORELOS Y QUE DOS HORAS BUENO TODAS LAS PERSONA QUE VIVEN EN MEXICO TE NEMOS QUE LUCHAR POR NUESTROS HIJOS PARA SIGUIR ADELANTE Y CON MUCHAS FUERZAS.

    NUNCA OLVIDEN QUE DIGAN ***VIVA MEXICO****
    PORQUE AHI ES DONDE BENIMOS DE NUESTRA RAIZ
    NUNCA SE OLVIDEN MIS QUERIDOS MEXICONOS
    Y MEXICANAS…………….

  23. louis lora says:

    hey people…stop all thy negative talkin, dont be ignorant n start attackin there opinions, some are wrong , some sound nice, im a mexican n yes my parents did cross thy border then got there citizinship n like years, ok n they worked hard tooo….given me n my sisters a big more better opertunity to do something in life and onnce i reach it, my parents would be proud, for people that are still down low, igonre thy hates n achive your goals. to thy people n especailly thy young kids ( dont let the media controll your lifes ) and also remember theres always some ignorant person n every race n culture.

  24. OM says:

    perhaps… they should make an add with a brit with ridiculous sunburns, rotten teeth, with a shirt that says ENGLAND accross it, drinking tea instead. oh wait… that’s stereotyping. but this ad isnt!

  25. Leroy says:

    I think all mexcans, beaners are dogs, they live like maggots in a sardine can.Destroying all our beautiful cities.IM Not being racist,,but the truth hurts dont it

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