This. Just watch the following video of a recent appearance on the “Arsenio” show by the very funny Gabriel Iglesias. (h/t @yayayarndiva)
Talk about one really lame response. Today the White House officially answered a viral We The People petition to deport Canada’s Justin Bieber. We won’t share the whole response (you can read it here), but we will share this:
The We the People terms of participation state that, “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.”
So we’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows.
That status quo isn’t good for our economy or our country. We need common-sense immigration reform to make sure everyone plays by the same set of rules.
Not only is it the right thing to do morally, it’s the right thing for our country: Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years. For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album.
Meanwhile, the White House has no problem addressing Mr. Bieber’s case, but doesn’t want to address very specific questions about hunger strikers right in front of the White House protesting an end to the separation of families.
So in summary:
A Canadian pop star at least gets a response, albeit a lame one, while real people facing immigration realities every day get nothing.
Now we REALLY know that NBC’s Saturday Night Live does not give a crap when it comes to mocking Latinos. A few weeks back, we saw a non-Latina (Cecily Strong) fail with perhaps one of the most unfunny loud Latina stereotypes. Last night, it happened again with non-Latino Kenan Thompson doing a heavily accented and over-the-top Dominicano version of Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz.
Here’s the clip:
Where do we start? How about the fact that Thompson and his writers spent most of the skit getting belly laughs out of Spanish words. Look, everyone, I am saying funny things with a Dominican accent! Also, once again this is just another Latino caricature looking stupid. We would challenge Thompson to do the same with say, a Jewish character or an Asian one. Come on, we dare you.
Yeah, we know that some comedians have started a #StillNoLatinas (SNL) thing online and others have come up with brilliant responses to SNL’s “Latino problem.” No matter how much pressure Latino organizations are putting on Lorne Michaels, SNL does not care one bit. How do we know? Because it continues to produce these “FU”-type skits that play to the most ignorant stereotypes when it comes to Latinos. And the mainstream world LOVES it: Ha, ha, ha, see the guy with the funny accent saying Spanish words like tostones! (By the way, SNL, if you are going to do these skits more, at least get a bit more authentic with “Dominican” foods?)
Looks like Chico Escuela is back. But that doesn’t surprise us. It’s SNL. Privileged comedy for the privileged few.
Now, what would have been REALLY edgy would be to get an ACTUAL Afro-Latino Dominican comic do am Big Papi impression. Thompson might have filled one part of the piece, but the writing (and its lack of cultural knowledge) failed Thompson’s final delivery. But what are we thinking? That would be too hard, in the eyes of SNL.
Besides, Papi approved:
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 13, 2014
Listen to this all the way to the very end.
Yeah, this is the song he was asking for:
By the way, this video is making the rounds and people are talking.
We don’t know where this clip came from (the DR? yeah it’s the DR), but who cares. It is awesome.
For those who have no idea what is happening in Spanish, a quick synopsis. The caller is asking for a song called, “¿Esas son Reebok o son Nike? (Reeboks or Nikes?).” The DJ needs to think about it and figures it out: “This the the rhythm of this night!!!!” The caller is extremely happy. Good news for all!
Following the losses of NBC Latino and CNN Latino, Latino Rebels will be shutting down, effective immediately. The reason? “Unprecedented success.”
Here is the April 1 statement, which was cut and pasted from the minutes of a Latino Rebels meeting this morning:
It is with sadness that we here at Latino Rebels will be shutting down our operations due to unprecedented success. Our consistent and growing organic web traffic through no advertising or any investment is proving too difficult to stop. Having exceeded over 2 million unique visitors and 2.6 million pageviews, it is best to just no longer produce content that authentically speaks to an underserved market. You can only make so many NPR appearances or get quoted in outlets such as The New York Times.
We have become one of the top independent Latino news sites in the world (outpacing pretty much every other independent site), and now we don’t know what to do, so we decided to follow the advice of the small angry group of people (about three people basically tweeting to each other) who choose to tear down success: we are stopping. We can’t take this good news any more. We need to be constantly bitter, constantly divide people and constantly be victimized. We need to keep our voices muted and have our opinions silenced. We need to cease giving other voices a forum to share their opinions. We will no longer be fearless. Our strategy is to capitulate and surrender. In the end, it’s best to just follow how other people judge you and walk away from a really good thing.
In all seriousness: we are not going anywhere. This is only the beginning. As for the tiny miserable group of haters, hit it:
As for the rest of you who continue to support us 100%, we already have our playlist ready for today. First:
With a little bit of this:
This story comes from Fusion’s Fidel Martinez, who saw the following tweet from Anthony De Rosa:
CNN inaccurately declares Brazilian soccer legend Pele dead pic.twitter.com/H2tjM36xnq
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) March 28, 2014
It also showed up here:
— San Cadilla (@SanCadilla) March 28, 2014
Sure, CNN apologized through its PR department:
An erroneous tweet about former Brazilian soccer player Pele has now been deleted by @Newday. Apologies to Pele & our followers.
— CNN Public Relations (@CNNPR) March 28, 2014
But still, it’s Pelé. You need to make sure:
CNN reporting process: declare Pele dead, check with Pele’s rep after (h/t @neetzan)
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) March 28, 2014
And just to confirm, the great one was hanging with Ronaldo today on Twitter:
— Pelé (@Pele) March 28, 2014
Yeah, it looks like this “Latina problem” on Saturday Night Live is not going away. First we heard from Ms. Latina Stereotypes and then we said, “Create your own.” Now our friends, The Comedy Girls, filmed a public service open video letter to Lorne Michaels and the rest of SNL, now known as #StillNoLatinas.
Watch as the Comedy Girls share their “Latino Stereotypes for Dummies.” They also add a little more.
In response to the lack of Latinos on Saturday Night Live (SNL), the Comedy Girls ask Lorne Michaels the question all Latinas have been asking since 1975 – Why are there Still No Latinas on SNL?
Starring: Jenni Ruiza and Jesenia
Featuring: Marcos Sotomayor
Written by: Jesenia
Directed by: Jenni Ruiza and Jesenia
Director of Photography: Marcos Sotomayor
Director of Photography: Jose Arias (NBC clip)
Edited by: Jesenia
As for us, it is time to be the change. Use #StillNoLatinas on Twitter and tell us your thoughts.
— Latino Rebels (@latinorebels) March 14, 2014
Are you kidding us? This little dude is going to question everything at this rate. Maybe that’s a good thing. Watch.
We plan to play this video if we ever hit an impasse in a debate with our community moving forward. We have already identified a few who will be receiving this video, which has gotten over 1 million views.
Comedy is a tough industry and the nature and pressure of the SNL schedule is even harder. We have a lot of peers, acquaintances, and friends on the show, so it’s tough for us to completely blame the performers for the lack of ingenuity because, to be honest, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again until we’re blue in the face.
The true work of shifting the Latino perspective in mainstream media, needs to happen from the INSIDE OUT.
Here are just three other examples:
Our vibrant Chicago community of Latino Actors (#lactors)
The Comedy Girls out of NYC
We are writing. We are producing. We are up countless nights working on our projects. We collaborate and work together to the point of frustration if needed, just so that we can collaborate to find OUR voice and finally see ourselves reflected in the screen.
Support your Latino comedians, filmmakers, writers, producers, actors… we’re out there. Find our pages on Facebook, search on YouTube, subscribe to our channels and move away from the negativity of the “why.” Take your positivity, tell your stories, and support those paving the way so that we can start changing the conversation.
And of course, as always: #makeyourown.
Dominizuelan (Lorena Díaz and Wendy Mateo) is a comedy duo from Chicago. The Chicago Tribune wrote that the group “contains the kind of sharply honed humor that isn’t afraid to stare down cultural stereotypes–even stereotypes other than their own.” Follow them @Dominizuelan.