Americans Celebrate National Taco Day; I Suffer Immensely

Yeah, you tell them, Red!
Yeah, you tell them, Red!

There is nothing more depressing for this blogger than National Taco Day, when everyone – and their abuela – take to social media to share what they think are … tacos.

The good news is that it’s also National Vodka Day, so I’m off for a very early one to be able to take the pain.

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING SLIDESHOW TO FEEL MY PAIN

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Barbie Día de Muertos Is Back – and She’s not Alone

Back in 2019, and just in time for Día de Muertos (or what Americans dare call “Mexican Halloween”) Mattel came up with a signature Barbie Día de Muertos which – according to a very long press release – featured a “long, embroidered dress decorated with flowers and butterflies [and] a crown with the iconic monarch butterflies and the cempasúchitl flower to honor, in every way, the symbols and offerings of this emblematic Mexican tradition.”

Today, as if the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t brought so many calamities to the world, she is back, and she’s not alone: Mattel’s Second Edition Barbie Día de Muertos comes with a catrina-faced Ken Doll Día de Muertos, featuring a “charro look” and a “calavera sugar skull bolero tie and sombrero with a golden band.”

(Oh did I mention they’re like $80 each?)

And I thought Barbie Frida Kahlo was pathetic.

Hat tip: Gonzalo Jimenez

Barbie Befriends Latino, Learns to Salsa, Because Hispanic Heritage Month!

In which Rafa & Barbie inform us they can travel to Puerto Rico without needing a passport

It’s only been, like, a day, but brands are already jumping on the Hispanic Heritage Month action. Take Mattel’s most annoying toy, Barbie, who is celebrating by befriending a Latino dude named Rafa who teaches her to –what else? – how to salsa.

This clip is barely a minute, but it has everything I’ve come to expect from these kind of “homages,” namely salsa, abuelas, Tito Puente, Yolanda Rivera and the island of Puerto Rico, where Barbie & Rafa remind us they can travel to without carrying a passport!

Hold on to your sombreros: The 2022 Hispanic Hellish Month is just getting started!

hat tip: @LeChancle

The NFL Changes “N” to “Ñ” to Give Logo an “Unmistakable Latin Flavor”

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 salsa makers and Hispanic journalists organizations are not alone in this thing. The latest to jump on the nonsensical “eñe wagon” (or should I say “wagoñ?”) is the National Football League, which has added an “eñe” to give its logo an “unmistakable Latin flavor.”

Ay, dios mío!

I get it. As we “celebrate” the dreaded Hispanic Heritage Month, corporations, politicians and NGOs want to sound all cute and Latin in order to properly pander to my people, but how about learning first to put the “eñe” where it DOES belong? Like in “jalapeño?” for example?

My Thoughts on the Whole “Latinx” Debate

I made a meme

I really didn’t want to do it, but then I thought about it and, well, what the heck? In my latest column for Hispanic Executive Magazine I went down the “x” rabbit hole and tried to “Hisplain” the so-called controversy around “Latinx.”

In a nutshell:

I must tell you I do not use “Latinx” in my daily life or my writing, nor do I identify myself as such. (Truth be told, I’m totally fine being called whatever—as long as you don’t call me before 8:00 a.m.)

But you can also click here to read the whole thing…

 

Hold on to your Sombreros: Cinco de Mayo 2022 Is Here!

There seems to be a ton of Cinco de Mayo festivities in the Tampa area –for some reason.

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.

Etsy T-shirts, anyone?

Nacho de Mayo, because why not?

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!

Ah yes, the special churro doughnut

The southern lady who cooks

These people

The spicy financial goals

Taco Bell, man!

Note: This post will be updated on a regular basis.

 

Mexicans Vote on whether President Stays or Goes; Looks Like Zapata Is Winning

Mexican president holds his ballot for Sunday’s referendum on which he scribbled “¡Viva Zapata!” effectively -and intentionally- nullifying his own vote.

Mexicans this Sunday are going to the polls on whether their president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (aka AMLO) should end his six-year term or continue to the end.

The referendum, unusual for the country, will only binding if at least 40% of the country’s electorate votes, and AMLO is hoping on his popularity to achieve that figure.

He is so confident he’ll get the votes that he intentionally nullified his own ballot by scribbling “¡VIVA ZAPATA!” on it.

And -fortunately for this blogger- the memes have started to pour in…

This blog post will be updated throughout Sunday, because qué risa!

Ohio Politician Asks “Are you a Racist? Do you Like Mexicans?” Hilarity Ensues

Ohio Senate Candidate J.D. Vance on Tuesday released an advertisement asking Ohio voters if they “hate Mexicans.”

Soon after making its debut across social media, the 30-second spot had amassed more than 300,000 views on Twitter. And this blogger is pretty sure it had to do with Mexicans like herself jumpin in to troll him like only Mexicans can.

Below, some of my fave reactions (starting with yours truly, of course!)

Chente!

Torchy Tacos

At the ballgame

Speak American

Dreadful

Mic drop

Blogger’s note: This post will be updated throughout the day, because ¡qué risa!

The Will Smith-Jada Pinkett Piñata Combo Is here, Because Mexico

I’m not gonna get into the ‘cuernos’ and Bud Light thing ’cause I’m busy but you get the picture

It is official: Sunday night’s infamous Oscar slap has now been immortalized in the form of a piñata thanks to the folks of famed Piñatería Ramírez in northern Mexico.

The Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith piñatas come as a bundle with some questionable looks on either character, but omg look at those tears!

In case you’re wondering, being immortalized in the shape of a piñata is as prestigious as having been inducted into the Mexican historical hall of fame.

Photo via: Piñatería Ramírez on Facebook

South African ‘Mexican’ Chips Unleash the Fury of Mexicans on Reddit

Reddit Mexico has been abuzz with an overwhelming outcry against a South African corn chip snack.

The reason? Apparently, some Mexicans feel it’s super offensive to depict “one of our own” with a caricature of a mustachioed dude, wearing a giant sombrero and flanked by a cactus.

I get it, with the exception of yours truly, not all Mexicans like to wear giant sombreros when attending “culturally-relevant” parties. Yet, I’m much more offended by the look of these sad chips -and their apparent lack of delicious spicy flavor (or should I say “flavour?”)

Via: Reddit Mexico

Simon Leviev, the Tinder Swindler, Is Now a Piñata… Because Mexico!

Simon Leviev (aka your worst Tinder nightmare) makes it to Piñatería Ramírez

It is official: Simon Leviev (aka Yehuda Hayut and the Tinder Swindler, has been immortalized in the form of a piñata thanks to the folks of famed Piñatería Ramírez in northern Mexico.

The Tinder Swindler piñata comes with –what else?– a bunch of credit cards on his left hand, and a romantic bouquet of roses on his right. Oh, and look at those shoes!

In case you’re wondering, being immortalized in the shape of a piñata is as prestigious as having been inducted into the Mexican historical hall of fame.

Photo via: Piñatería Ramírez on Facebook