Televisa Wants You to Know South Africans are a Bunch of Savages

Mexicans (and other Latin Americans for that matter) can be very touchy when they perceive they are being portrayed using stereotypes (hats, maracas, excessive soccer, mortal diseases… you name it). But -as my abuela used to say- we are often quick to find the faults in others, while being blind at our own faults (eso de la paja en el ojo ajeno, pues…)

In the following TV spot to promote the upcoming World Cup in South Africa, Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa gathers its blond, blue-eyed talent to sing to the tune of The Lion Sleeps Tonight while a bunch of natives (presumably South Africans?), giraffes, lions, zebras and other wild animals make a triumph entrance at the Televisa Deportes newsroom. Because, you know, Mexicans are fair skinned and work on desks with computers… not like those savages!

Jennifer Lopez Shutters Clothing Line. And Not Because It Looked Like This

It turns out JLo’s Made-in-China haut couture clothing line Sweetface has gone out of business. And -surprisingly enough- NOT because it looks like this, but because the economy kind of sucks. Go figure!


According to WWD, this marks the end of Lopez’s clothing business in the United States. And, at least for the moment, there is no word on how or when the possible relaunch will take place.

Fashionistas weep.

Kellogg’s Reaches Out to Hispanics by Adding Honey [and a Little BS] to Corn Flakes Cereal

mielBrilliant marketing minds just don’t seem to stop working…

In its latest “branding breakthrough,” Kellogg’s is adding honey to its popular Corn Flakes cereal to target the Hispanic crowd (something this blogger is having a hard time to comprehend.)

“Kellogg’s Corn Flakes has been a part of the Latino breakfast experience for years,” Susanne Norwitz, director of brand PR at Kellogg’s told Brandweek magazine. (So, I wonder: why change it now?)

Anyhow, to make sure this thing is actually targeted at us, Kellogg’s has added the line “With a Touch of Honey” in both English and Spanish, because, I suppose, after all these years we haven’t figured out that honey is miel en inglés.

[Hot tip: Enjoy your plate of Corn Flakes con Toque de Miel while sipping your café con leche and surrounded by all those bongos in your office!]

Queen Sofía Is Just Like Us! She Flies Low Cost


Low-cost airline Ryanair (yes, the same airline that is asking us to pay for using the loo) is somehow pissed at Queen Sofía of Spain after she and her Royal entourage managed to scrap a Ryanair print ad featuring the Queen herself….The reason?

Ryanair found out Queen Sofía recently booked a £13 (15 euros) Ryanair flight to England to visit her sick brother, so the company promptly released an advertisement featuring the Queen herself and the -aptly- tagline: Fly like a monarch, something the Queen didn’t find funny at all, though this blogger thought it was, like, great. The best slogan. Ever.

The implied joke, of course, was that the Queen is cheap, so Ryanair ultimately agreed to withdraw the ad.

Come on! Can’t our royalty also save some bucks amid this economic mess?

West Texas Mayor Quits Post, Moves to Mexico With Undocumented Lover

JW_Lown It looks like undocumented Mexican workers not only want to steal your jobs, but also your so-very-cute politicians.

Just when we thought “coming out” was still not very “in” among some high-profile individuals, the mayor of a West Texas city abruptly resigned Wednesday after acknowledging being involved in a relationship with an undocumented Mexican. According to the local press, J.W. Lown, 32, mayor of San Angelo, said he didn’t want to take the oath of office knowing he was “aiding and assisting” someone who is not a U.S. citizen. He was to be sworn in Tuesday but did not show up for the ceremony.

“I left a home. I left a ranch. I left a promising political career,” Lown told the AP.

The pair are said now to be in Mexico, reportedly living la vida loca waiting for a visa to return. Ah… l’amour!

No Kids? No Significant Other? Lots of Nieces and Nephews? Then You Must Be Gay


Not content with raising questions about Sonia Sotomayor’s politics (and despite the fact that nobody seems to be able to pronounce her name) the so-called mainstream media is now questioning her sexuality, because, you know, if you bring your mother to the announcement of your appointment and show no signs of ever getting married (ever) then you gotta be gay.

Oh, I just re-read the thing and realized I’m gay!

Make-Believe ‘Latin’ Food Can -and Will- Kill You

quesadillaburgersYou can only thank the Center for Science in the Public Interest for its latest advisory against certain “meals” that will most likely kill you or, at least, leave your arteries as congested as the Periférico on a rainy Friday afternoon (or pretty much at any time, any day, rain or shine…)

Among the center’s worst of the worst dishes included in its 2009 Xtreme Eating Award you will find:

  • Little bacon-cheeseburgers tucked inside quesadillas [whatever those are]
  • The Applebee’s Quesadilla burger (a mini-bacon cheeseburger inside a quesadilla), consisting of two flour tortillas, two kinds of meat, two kinds of cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce and ranch dressing sauce… served with fries, mind you.
  • Chili’s Big Mouth Bites: four mini-bacon cheeseburgers served with fries, onion strings and jalapeño ranch dipping sauce

I have no idea why I don’t recall eating any of the above disgusting delicious meals while growing up in a real Latin American household. But I am proud to follow a rigorous diet based on authentic American-made Mexican food and other U.S.-made delicacies.