Latino Rebels TV Review: Though Ricky Was on “Glee,” Santana Stole the Show

Not going to lie: I was a bit skeptical when it came to seeing Ricky Martin on Glee. I mean, don't get me wrong, I was excited to see the heart throb on one of my favorite musical shows and I was all ready with my sombrero, botas, and tacos to watch what I thought would be a fairly stereotypical episode. But what to my wonder, I was gladly surprised to find the opposite to be true. I also had to remind myself how Glee has always talked about various issues that I cared about, including diabetes and LGBTQ topics.

The episode begins with "Glee" reminding us how Will Schuester, Mr. Glee Club himself, is a Spanish teacher, by showing him in a sombrero and singing "La Cucaracha" on none other than, you guessed it, Taco Tuesday. He gets pulled into the principal's office to be told that there had been a complaint filed against him from one of his students. Oh, Mr. Schu! You're so out of touch!  So what does he do? He goes to take Spanish classes from, oh yes, you guessed it again: David Martínez. Better known to you as el señor Ricky Martin! ¡Wepa! 

Oh, how thrilled I was to see Ricky again! And yes, he is educating his class. A former tooth model, Senor Martínez explains that by the year 2030 everyone will be speaking Spanish, and so those in his class are smart for taking classes. We also find out that Martínez is actually from Ohio (where the show takes place) and his parents are from Chile. And then the Spanish teacher says the one line that wins me over and makes me want to be his student: 

I want to help them find their duende. 

MELT!!! So Mr. Schu invites Mr. Martínez to Glee club, after finding out that Mr. Martínez likes to sing (duh!) and that his students may just learn Spanish faster by singing in Spanish.

Martínez walks into Glee Club where he explains what duende is by singing "I'm Sexy and I Know It," bilingually of course.

Throughout the show we hear pretty mainstream songs: Gloria Estefan's "Don't Wanna Lose You," the Gypsy Kings' "Bamboleo," Madonna's "La Isla Bonita (a duet with Santana and Mr. Martínez) and embarrassingly enough, Elvis' "A Little Less Conversation," performed horrendously by Schuester with maracas, mariachis, matador outfit, and "bulls!" 

You can hear the audio version of the stereotypical performance here: 

And after this was where it got GOOD! Santana has a look of disgust on her face while everyone else kind of clapped and didn't really know what to make of Mr. Schuester's performance. When he looks at Santana, he realizes that she's the one who complained about him at the beginning of the show. While Will tries to defend his performance she says, "This is my education." Then comes the full-on blast. 

Why don't you dress like the Taco Bell chihuahua and bark the theme song to Dora the Explorer! 

YES, SANTANA! That was awesome! She went on to say that the others didn't know enough to be embarrassed by the stereotypes that Will was portraying. 

In your face, Will Schuester! 

While there were some other things I was confused about, for instance when the boys performed "Bamboleo" wearing those nasty, ugly pointy boots from Matehuala, San Luis Potosí (see below), I was proud that the Latina stood up for herself and her education. 

In the end, Schuester offers the Spanish teacher position to Mr. Martínez, who claims it's the American dream for him. "My parents had to lie about their citizenship to go to high school and now I'm teaching it. That's the American dream, right?" 

How awesome was it that David Martinez was not an immigrant and he didn't have an accent. Nope, he was like a great many of us: born in the United States to immigrant parents and speaking nothing but Spanish at home. 

Once again, "Glee" does good with this situation. As horrendous as it could have been, we were able to hear a bit of bilingualism, learn a few stats (that we Latino Rebels already knew, por supuesto) and got to see SEXY Ricky on television for the night.

Rep. Xavier Becerra on Pete Wilson Endorsing Mitt Romney: “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres”

The announcement that former Governor Pete Wilson endorsed Mitt Romney for President and will serve as an honorary co-chair of his campaign in California seals the deal: Mitt Romney is locked into his far-right positions and would be the most extreme presidential nominee of our time on immigration. 

"From calling the DREAM Act a hand-out and vowing to veto it, to campaigning with Kris Kobach, the architect of Arizona and Alabama’s anti-immigrant laws, to stating that all undocumented immigrants should "self-deport," Mitt Romney has broadcast an unmistakable message of what he thinks of Latinos.

"There's a saying in Spanish that says it all: Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres. Tell me with whom you walk and I will tell you who you are.  We now know who Mitt Romney is."

"El anuncio de que el ex gobernador Pete Wilson está respaldando a Mitt Romney para presidente y será copresidente honorario de su campaña en California lo confirma: Mitt Romney se aferra a sus posiciones de extrema derecha y sería el más extremo candidato a la presidencia de nuestra época con respecto a la inmigración. 

"Al describir la Ley DREAM como limosna y prometer vetarla, hacer campaña con Kris Kobach, el arquitecto de las leyes anti inmigrantes de Arizona y Alabama, y declarar que todos los inmigrantes indocumentados deben "auto deportarse", Mitt Romney ha difundido un mensaje inconfundible de lo que piensa sobre los latinos.

"Hay un dicho en español que lo dice todo: Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres. Ahora sabemos qué tipo de persona es Mitt Romney".

 

Carlos Andrés Gómez at Yale Peabody Museum Poetry Slam: “Juan Valdez”

What to know how we feel? Let Carlos Andrés Gómez speak. Gómez performed "Juan Valdez" at the 2010 Yale Peabody Museum Poetry Slam.

What exactly does a Hispanic look like?

This is Gómez performing the piece at the Nuyorican.

VIDEO: Jay-Z’s “Glory” Becomes Mitt Romney’s “Phony”

Take Jay-Z's "Glory," mix it with Mitt Romney, and you get "Phony."

Enjoy. Sha-boyyy!!!

You're phony it's never been disputable

You look phony in every interview you do

You look phony at weddings and at funerals

You even look phony singing America the Beautiful

City of Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas Publicly Condemns “Why Sara Hates Laredo” Viral Video

Yesterday, Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas went on record to publicly condemn the viral "Sara Hates Laredo" YouTube video rant.

 

The Mayor called the video "offensive" and "racist," and makes a great case to how the young women in the video criticized bilingual citizens who live in Laredo. He also said, "As long as I am mayor of this city, I am going to defend this city and I am going to promote this city, because Laredo es número uno."

The fulle interview can be seen here: link.

In the meantime, the version of the "Why Sara Hates Laredo" YouTube video we embedded yesterday has gotten over 80,000 views as of this morning. (UPDATE: the original video was taken down, but another video is up now.)

 

 

VIDEO: “We, As Latinos, Are our Own Worst Enemies!”

Marcos Lupara has a point. Just listen. Too bad this is not getting out some more, so we are sharing it here. Listen. Just preaching, he did this bit on the fly, but that is not the point. He's right.

"Marcos talks about how Latinos need to acknowledge the positive members of our communities instead of criminals."

In the End, President Obama’s Super PAC Position Just Confirms What Is Still Wrong With Washington

In 2010, President Obama was of the most vehement opponents of the Citizens United ruling, a Supreme Court decision that would allow corporations and individuals to give unlimited money to political action committees. He still is, but his current campaign talk has changed its tune.

For a little video contezt, this is what President Obama said (source, official White House page) about a Senate campaign reform bill in light of the Citizens United ruling:

A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections. It is damaging to our democracy. It is precisely what led a Republican President named Theodore Roosevelt to tackle this issue a century ago.

 

On Super Bowl Sunday, as he enters the 2012 election cycle, the President seems to have changed his mind, citing the fact that Super PACS are the rules of the this year's election, and if the Republicans are doing it, he will have to as well. He is what he said: “One of the worries we have obviously in the next campaign is that there are so many of these so-called super PACs, these independent expenditures that are gonna be out there. There is gonna be just a lot of money floating around, and I guarantee a bunch of that is gonna be negative. But it's not going to be enough just to say 'the other guy's a bum,' you've got to explain to the American people what your plan is to make sure that there are good jobs and good wages and that this economy is growing over the long term. And whoever wins that argument I think is going to be the next president. "

The President added:

"Would I love to take some of the big money out of politics? I would. Unfortunately, right now partly because of Supreme Court rulings and a bunch of decisions out there, it is very hard to get your message out without having some resources.”

Politico reported the following about how the Obama campaign is now playing the Super PAC game:

Obama has denounced the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money on political advertisements supporting and opposing candidates.

Two former White House aides have formed a super PAC, Priorities USA Action, which — along with an affiliated nonprofit group — hopes to raise $100 million to support Obama. But so far, its funding has been dwarfed by Republican groups’. In all of 2011, the Priorities groups reported raising $6.7 million while a single donor, casino owner Sheldon Adelson, has poured $10 million into a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich.

 

Obama’s campaign has vowed that neither Obama nor his aides will raise money for super PACs, but the president’s senior campaign staff is now allowing top fundraisers to request that wealthy contributors donate to Priorities USA Action.