Watch Evo Morales Fight Evil, Seek Reelection á la ‘Star Wars’


Evo Morales is not your typical Latin American president, and that’s a good thing.

As part of his relentless campaign to be reelected, Morales has jumped on the Star Wars: Episode VIl – The Force Awakens bandwagon to ask Bolivians to choose the Force (i.e. him and his buddies) and not go to the Dark Side (i.e. not him and his buddies.)

WATCH this thing below, and May the Force Be With The Bolivian People

Hat tip: @bathtubmedia

Miss Colombia Loses Miss Universe Crown, Hilarity Ensues


Sunday night Miss Colombia was crowned Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant for, like two seconds…. Turns out the crown was actually for Miss Philippines but host Steve Harvey read the cue card wrong, and then everything went to hell for la colombiana — and for Harvey himself.

Here are some of the first memes of the night (they keep coming so make sure to come back) and scroll down for a video of what went down Sunday night.

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Mexicans are Loving this Campbell’s Star Wars Soup Commercial. Can you Guess Why?

Intentional insight or mere fluke?
Intentional insight or mere fluke?

Speaking of Mexican Star Wars, there is a new Campbell’s Soup ad making the rounds on the Internet, particularly among Mexicans like myself who grew up convinced that Star Wars‘ adorable R2D2 droid was actually called Arturito.

I am not a fan of canned soup, but I think the ad is quite clever. Now: Do you think it was meant to throw in a “universal insight” in hopes of capturing U.S. Hispanics or was it a pure fluke?

Watch and decide for yourself*

  • Oh, and try to avoid some of the comments on the YouTube page. Some of them are quite pathetic.

Hat tip: Marco López

Because the Colombia-Not-Columbia Blunder is so Passé…

Well, at least it doesn't say 'Columbia.'
Well, at least it doesn’t say ‘Columbia.’
Having mastered the art of writing “Colombia” when it meant to write “Columbia,” The New York Times via The Associated Press has decided to move onto yet another Latin American-themed, Spanish-language mixup.

So, as I was saying: #ItsManuelNotManual*

Just like #ItsColombiaNotColumbia

Hat tip: @tropicarlitos

According to my DNA, I’m Close to Total Joke Telling Immunity

Be afraid, be very afraid…

According to, I am 7 percent African; 32 percent Native American; 35 percent Iberian peninsula*; 10 percent Italy/Greece*; 2 percent Asian; 1 percent Pacific Islander and 2 percent West Asian.*

And you know that means only one thing. It means I’m very close to having total joke telling immunity, and as Jerry Seinfeld once said, If I ever get Polish citizenship there’ll be no stopping me!



Indigenous Community in Oaxaca Responds to Coca-Cola: ‘We Didn’t Use to Have Diabetes’

diabetesThis happened.

On the heels of Coca-Cola pulling its controversial ad featuring a group of white Mexican kids bringing hope — and sugary drinks — to an indigenous community in Oaxaca, a group of mixe indians from the town of Totontepec came on to share their own message.

Using the same footage of the now infamous Coca-Cola spot, the mixes take the stage to share stories about their community’s lack of water and an alarming increase in diabetes levels, brought about by — what else? — sugary drinks like Coca-Cola. Among other things, their message (in mixe language featuring Spanish subtitles) includes the following statement by one local student:

“Fifty years ago, cases of diabetes type 2 in our indian communities were rare; now they begin to be an epidemic. In order to remain united, we must preserve our dignity, our health and our culture. In Oaxaca, we drink tejare, tea and clean water.”

News of the spot was first reported by in Mexico. Here’s the video, in mixe language with subtitles in Spanish. Stay tuned as I will be translating the whole message very soon. I just need to get this out for the sake of giving the mixes the space they deserve.

The Wait is Over: ‘Telenovela’ Premieres December 7 on NBC


Eva Longoria (aka La Prieta Faya and this blogger’s favorite retroacculturated Latina) is like super excited, because NBC on Monday Dec. 7 will premiere Telenovela, a 13-episode comedy that promises a lot of drama along with “passion, betrayal and raw sexuality.”

As this blog reported earlier, the show tells the story of a telenovela star who doesn’t speak Spanish, which is just perfect, since we all know Ms. Longoria is not particularly fluent in the language of Cervantes.

I will watch at least the first episode of this thing (for research purposes, you know?). But I still think it’s a pity NBC didn’t cast Erick Estrada as her co-star in Telenovela. After all Mr. Estrada is the only actual telenovela actor who was able to get away with making an entire telenovela despite his very poor command of Spanish.

See? This is what NBC viewers will be missing.

Mainstream Media ‘Discovers’ Coke’s Embarrassing Mexico Ad; Coke Takes Video Down, Refuses to Make Comments

White, wealthy Mexican hipsters bring Coke -- and hope -- to Mixe community in Oaxaca.
White, wealthy Mexican hipsters bring Coke — and hope — to Mixe community in Oaxaca.

Remember this blog’s posting from Nov. 26, 2015?

Not many people paid attention then, I know. It kind of went unnoticed for a while, as I suspect a lot of you, people, were busy eating turkey or crushing fellow shoppers to get a discounted OLED TV or whatever it is you do on Thanksgiving Weekend.

Fortunately, a few independent blogs, including my compadres at Latino Rebels and other high-profile writers did pay attention and the brouhaha finally blew up con Coca-Cola’s face right around Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015. This was the day when the soft drinks giant decided to pull its ad from YouTube — or more accurately decided to “make it private,” so that neither you or me would have to see that horror again.

Here are only a few of the articles posted by mainstream media on the issue –in chronological order:

Telesur: Nov. 26

The Washington Post, Dec. 1

The Associated Press, Dec. 1

Horizontal: Dec. 1

The Guardian, Dec. 1

Univision Noticias, Dec. 2

See? I knew I was not crazy (or at least I’m not THAT crazy.) This sh•t was so out of whack that it needed to be stopped — or at least made it private, so Coca-Cola and its Mexican agency, can go on and pursue their creative advertising prizes or whatever it is they do.

Just, please, leave the Mixe community alone, will you?

I wish you didn’t have to see this again, but in case you missed it, this blogger’s friends at Latino Rebels have you covered