Try explaining *this* to a non-Mexican. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Try explaining *this* to a non-Mexican. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
British magazine The Economist wrote a scathing editorial critizicing Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (aka AMLO) and urging voters to “curb” the ambitions of the “power-hungry” leader.
Published in its May 29-June 4 edition, the piece made it to the cover, showing a photo composition of AMLO beneath the headline “Mexico’s false messiah.” The editorial compares AMLO, as the president is commonly known, to “authoritarian populists” Viktor Orbán of Hungary, Narendra Modi of India and Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil.
While the government officially dismissed the article as “very propagandistic” and even went as far as to send a letter to the editor, Mexicans (yours truly included) have tons of fun tweaking said cover. Once again, I’m happy to say that Mexican Twitter never disappoint.
Here some of my faves:
Dos portadas, dos verdades 🧐 pic.twitter.com/IV5orSb5wo
— El Árbol de Moras de la Monja Beligerante (@G__Farell) May 28, 2021
Mexico’s real messiah: pic.twitter.com/D3QA22QBIA
— ultravioleta (@ultravpsycho) May 29, 2021
I give you the Con-chamacos, which (please bear with me) is a wonderful play on words to show a delicious concha (a Mexican morning bun, per The New York Times) that comes with kids (i.e. chamacos.) Thus, the con (with) chamacos (kids) get it?
Plus, is only $12 pesitos!
Filing under “Mexicans, how can anyone not like us?”
No matter how many bizarre holidays Americans come up with, Cinco de Mayo will forever be my favorite. And not only because it’s an excuse to drink all day and yell ¡Viva México! while thinking it’s Mexican Independence (it’s not) but because it is also the time of year that brings out the
stupidest most creative marketing brains to sell Americans everything, from DIY printable fiesta kits and taquito shooters (whatever that is,) to senseless drink mixes, “ethnic food” and even life-size cardboard Mexicans as scene setters.
This time around, though, in honor of that amazing marketing tool known as Twitter, I’ve put together a few tweets making their way to my timeline using the #CincoDeMayo hashtag. This has only begun, so, please help me by tweeting me your own personal horrors for 2021 Cinco de Mayo and let the “Mexican” madness begin!
My Senior Leaders and Director are the cutest ever! This is just how the South Marketing Squad shakes and bakes second half planning! #CincoDeMayo #StrMarketing #2HPlanningVibes pic.twitter.com/6seZWBT5IQ
— Misty Scott (@MistyMagenta11) May 2, 2021
Join #BarnsdallArtsSundays on Zoom 5/2 between 10a-12noon PDT for a fun, FREE art & culture workshop that celebrates #CincoDeMayo! Participants will create 3D piñatas with recycled supplies found in your home. Visit https://t.co/tcC3w0aYUp for sign-in/password information. pic.twitter.com/J0NfDIO0px
— Barnsdall Art Park Foundation (@BarnsdallFndn) April 28, 2021
‘Tis the season of tacos, and now through May 5th, you can get 5 Beef Softshell Tacos for $5.55. Happy Taco de Mayo, ya’ll! 🌮🌮#TacoJohns #CincoDeMayo #TacodeMayo #OleTheDay #BiggerBolderBetter pic.twitter.com/lgvRhrWn2P
— tacojohns (@tacojohns) May 1, 2021
— Dustin Grove (@DustinGroveTV) May 1, 2021
— Sarah Bond (@liveeatlearn) May 2, 2021
— Caking it Gluten Free (@CakingitGF) May 1, 2021
Celebrate #CincoDeMayo all weekend long and #SyncUpYourCinco with these delicious Breakfast Chilaquiles with Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips! 😋🎉🎶 Roma tomatoes, Mexican crema, and fried eggs, yes please! Visit https://t.co/jNolezkt2z for the full recipe by @nibblesnfeasts. pic.twitter.com/uMT79CGZkd
— Mission Foods 🌮 (@MissionFoodsUS) May 1, 2021
Note: This post will be updated on a regular basis.
Remember that nonsensical trend of putting “eñes” where they don’t belong just to make something look — and sound — more authentically Latino?
Well, it looks like American media giants and Hispanic journalists organizations are not alone in this thing. As it turns out, the makers of Trinidad salsa* have decided it’s OK to put an “eñe” on habanero.
I mean, COME ON! It’s not that difficult. How about putting an “eñe” where it DOES belong? Like in “jalapeño?” for example?
You may not know this but Semana Santa (Holy Week) is a very important religious holiday in Mexico, and among the many events that take place during the course of the week, the so-called passion play is one of the most popular — and well-attended. It consists of a representation of the via crucis, and involves everyone, from workers, students and housewives who become actors for one day to play the roles of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the Nazarenes, the apostles — and other characters (not all of them strictly Biblical) including a spy, a dog, and a wandering Jew.
In the play, when Christ gets captured, we see him carrying a cross a long way and until he reaches a location that represents Mount Calvary. In the most famous of these representations (the one that takes place in Iztapalapa) we see Christ carrying his cross from the town’s main square to the nearby Cerro de la Estrella in the heart of Mexico City.
Unfortunately, not all Mexican towns and cities have a mountain or even a hill around, so they resort to crucifix their Jesus on pretty much whatever location, including an electricity pole, which — as you may imagine — doesn’t always go smoothly.
JUST WATCH. ¡Pobre Jesús!
Filing under “Mexicans: How Can Anyone Not Like Us?”
Photo via Reddit
Thirteen years ago today, my mother, my best friend –and the funniest Mexican I’ve ever met– quietly passed away in a small hospital room in Mexico City.
While her (sudden and premature) death was the worst thing me and my siblings have had to endure, she left us the one thing no one will ever take away from us: A sense of humor that –she assured us– was the only way to go through life, no matter how tough the shit got going.
Cuquita told the dorkiest jokes and made the funniest remarks about being divorced, poor, underemployed, uneducated, hungover, drunk, uninsured, etc. etc. (“I have saved enough money to last me until the day I die … as long as I die tomorrow,” she used to say often –while cracking up….or “If I didn’t know this was a hangover… I’d rush to the nearest emergency room.” har har har.)
And then there’s my personal favorite. Once, during a heated discussion with us (her kids) giving her a hard time over something, she stops and yells at us: “DO YOU GUYS EVEN KNOW WHY I NEVER WENT TO HARVARD?” … Silence ensued, I mean, fuuuuuuck, we don’t know about that thing… Why? my sister asks almost embarrassed for not knowing.
“Because I didn’t finish elementary school! JA JA JA,” goes my mother….
Ok, you get the picture. I don’t exaggerate when I say Cuquita contributed to at least half all the Spanish slang and idiomatic expressions I used in Think Dirty Spanish. She would often call in the middle of the night with the great news that she had found –yet– another expression she’d love to see in the book. “¡Mosquita muerta!.. a ver ¿cómo dicen eso los gringos?”
We traveled the world together.
We went to shady tango joints in Buenos Aires; gigantic farmer markets in Los Angeles and colorful tavernas in Valparaíso, Chile. Once, on a trip between Santiago and Buenos Aires, right in the middle of the Andes, our plane had an engine failure and for a few, terrifying moments, we thought we would die right there. But then, as I hyperventilated and yelled in panic for a Valium or something, my mother started laughing out loud at our poor Argentine pilot, who was so distressed, he couldn’t even speak properly. Favor de no formor, he asked us, instead of Favor de no fumar.
BUAHAHAHAHAHA, my mom and I had a fit of hysterical, uncontrollable laughter.
Damn you, Cuquita! ¡Qué divertido era viajar juntas!
My favorite were her months-long visits to New York, when we’d roam the city in search of “real genuine stuff” to cook authentic Mexican things, but more often than not ended up in some fancy steakhouse drinking wine, cubas libres and eating meat like there was no tomorrow. (Oh, and did I mention the marathonic poker sessions?)
Cuquita spoke NO ENGLISH whatsoever, but none of that mattered, because in Nueva York, everyone knew her and spoke Spanish to her. My friends, my colleagues, my neighbors, the super, the bodega guy… todos.
To this day, no matter if I’m in CDMX or not, I know Cuquita will always have an altar in her home for Día de Muertos featuring some of her favorites: chocolates, pan de muerto, cigarettes and cubas libres (with flat Coke, which she seemed to favor –for some reason.) ¡Gracias, Catus!
— Laura Martínez ®️ (@miblogestublog) 31 de octubre de 2017
I’m not sure where she is right now. But if there’s anything going on UP THERE, in the so-called afterlife, I’m sure she’s serving the cubas libres, setting up the poker table, telling the jokes –and having a blast.
Te quiero, mami. ❤❤
Go ahead; wear green and go out get drunk or whatever it is you do this weekend. But don’t forget Saint Patrick’s Day is a celebration of the Batallón de San Patricio, which according to
Wikipedia my extensive readings of history books, was a unit of hundreds of immigrants and expats who fought as part of the Mexican Army against the United States.
Of course for Americans of the generation that fought the Mexican-American War, the San Patricios were considered traitors, while for Mexicans of that generation (and pretty much to this day) the San Patricios were heroes.
Now you know.
Now go get some green tequila and Irish tacos.
Multinational fashion chain Zara has done it again. The home products division of the Spanish giant has put some luffa sponges (known in Mexico as zacates) for sale at 299 pesos (about 9.60 U.S. dollars).
As any Mexican knows, these kinds of sponges can be found in any market around Mexico from less than a dollar a pack. The over 2,000% price difference was not lost on Mexican Twitter, which quickly activated the Zara Home Meme machine. The results are… hilarious.
Kit ecoshower de ZARA HOME.
— Aninomante. (@dalopezl) March 4, 2021
— Linulera 🇨🇴🇪🇸🇪🇺🇫🇷💉 (@linulera) March 5, 2021
MNX 1,499 pic.twitter.com/JOUJwgiVNc
— Eivør (@Steppenwolf_528) March 4, 2021
Are you still in lockdown, on a tight budget for fancy avocados and still haven’t made any “ethnic-looking” friends?
You can now buy 5-feet-tall Mexican “scene setters,” ready to assemble and give your Super Bowl party a unique fiesta touch. It’s as easy as bashing a piñata! Besides, with the pandemic still in full swing, WHO NEEDS REAL PEOPLE AROUND, ANYWAY?
For only a few bucks, you can pretend to have real Mexicans at your birthday, bautizo, quinceañera, wedding, etc. These Insta-Mexicans are over 5 feet high; they won’t eat all the tamales, nor gulp all the beer or crash in your living room forever.
So, what are you waiting for? Go get your Instant Mexicans ahorita mismo!*
*I bet these are totally Made in China, but just pretend you didn’t read this note at all.
It’s January 20, 2021 y’all, which means two very important things: Trump will no longer be president and Mexican Twitter is on fire. I will be posting here my favorite meme-moments of the day and updating throughout the morning so be sure to come back!
Adiós, Señor Trump…🥺 pic.twitter.com/ZqEaT1KzGg
— LuisValLe® Tu desconocido favorito. (@LuisValLeAnaya) January 20, 2021
Even on Inauguration Day mexican feisboo stays undefeated pic.twitter.com/GPEpDW4jzE
— Fidel Martinez (@fidmart85) January 20, 2021
— Augusto (@chidoguan) January 20, 2021
— Le Chanclé (@lechancle) January 20, 2021
Internet no te mueras nunca.
(Amo a Bernie por Grinch) 😂 pic.twitter.com/SsTAqcDbCz
— Mauricio Martínez (@martinezmau) January 20, 2021
— Enrique Limón 🏳️🌈 (@EnriqueLimon) January 20, 2021
— Óscar Gutiérrez (@oscargutiez) January 20, 2021
Family member sent me this pic.twitter.com/Zd64jyyDUN
— Lorenzo Cortes (@Hoyatexas) January 20, 2021
— Juan Pablo Villalobos (@VillalobosJPe) January 20, 2021
— Laura Pico (@hebertosinlao) January 20, 2021
Regálenme un like para mis abues los quiero mucho pic.twitter.com/6kNR57OONJ
— Adrián Chávez (@nochaveznada) January 20, 2021
From the one and only El Alteño on Twitter
It’s already that time of the year when –not content with punishing this blogger with a pandemic, a white supremacist attempted coup, frigid temperatures *and* plenty avocado-hipster nonsense– the people behind Avocados From Mexico are once again reminding me of the upcoming, pandemic Super Bowl –and all I need to know about gringo guacamole.
Enter the 2021 Avocados From Mexico’s Guac Bowl, a “digital experience” where people obsessed with avocados can learn all sorts of things, including how to keep their avocados fresh longer for game day, and get rewards from buying avocados and other weird stuff.
Hosted by Troy Aikman and sportscaster Erin Andrews, the Guac Bowl digital experience also offers participants the chance to win “limited-time only avocado gear and weekly prizes of $1,000, as well as the opportunity to enter to win the grand prize of $1 million.”
Avocado gear? Yes, you read that right: Avocado gear is a thing and it’s just as ridiculous as you can imagine.
And no, I’m not making any of this up. Go ahead, read all about it right here. Now if y’all excuse me, I’ll go get drunk.
The day after a pro-Trump mob assaulted the nation’s Capitol, Metro, a Mexico City tabloid, printed what this blogger declares the best headline ever on the whole messy situation.
Please also note the wonderful use of the word zafarrancho, a wonderful choice to describe Wednesday’s brawl.
Filing under “Why I love Mexico” and “Mexicans: How Can Anyone Not Like Us?”