Mexican Culture Once Again Turned Tacky Gimmick


Found this article & I just had to share with you guys.  The article’s a little old, it’s from July. Perhaps some of you have already seen it or something related to the story, but for those who haven’t thought it only right to diffuse it.  Sorry for being tardy, but I hadn’t visited the website which I found it on in a while and so I missed it when if first came out. Weird, it’s such an important story, can’t believe I never ran into it anywhere else.  The article is from AboutFace.com a site dedicated to fighting and changing a “toxic media environment” for everyone, but especially focusing on  being a source of empowerment for :  girls, young ladies, and women everywhere.  They wrote an article about how MAC (the make up brand) thought it’d be so ingenious,colorful and becoming to turn the: suffering , hardships, and terror of the people of Juarez into a  lucrative opportunity.  “Art is controversial, it imitates life” Yes, very true!  And perhaps this would have been acceptable from someone with a noble cause who sincerely wanted to  make an impact for the right reasons. However, these people clearly had only one thing on their minds “Shock factor sells”.  Human dignity,  social consciousness ….. Not part of their product’s “color scheme”.  The creators visited Jurez and gained “inspiration”, they gave night-workers the “edgy/artsy” nickname “sleepwalkers” and gave their make up shades names like: “Factory,” “Juarez,” “Ghost Town,” “del Norte,” and “Quinceanera.”  An ad for the cosmetic line shows a model wearing the make up, painted up like a zombie.  What do you think , artistic or tasteless?

To me this is just another example of how Mexicans and Mexican lives are seen as less.  Our way of life &  culture is  just something amusing to be turned into a tacky gimmick and marketed.  I’ve never been a person who’s been totally brand absorbed. I love fashion & if I had money to study fashion, I would in a heartbeat. It’d be my dream come true. However, my vision of what fashion & art are, totally differs from what big names sell. But, what can you say, they’re  like that. They think : a girl in a bathing suit being physically subdued by a group of shirtless men in sexy, to them black face in magazines spreads is artistic….  Big names turn me off to “high fashion”.  To me small businesses and underground designers is where the real art’s at.

READ THE ARTICLE AT THE FOLLOWING LINK

“Had MAC and Rodarte intended to draw attention to the horrific crimes in Juarez and raise money for the people living there, I’d be all for it. But it wasn’t until bloggers caused an uproar that MACpromised to donate “a portion of the proceeds from the collection to help those in need in Juarez.” – http://about-face.org/blog/archives/3597#more-3597

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Lighten up, no really we don’t like ethnic representations


An elementary school in Prescott Arizona  altered a  mural that depicts the faces of its own students. Why?  It has been reported that intolerant antagonizers where driving past the mural and yelling racial slurs, not only that but  city councilman Blair had an issue with it as well. He stated on the radio that when he saw the mural and the fact that the   focal point was a black person one question came to mind “Why?” The spineless jelly fish of administrators who are not only tolerating this bull crap but acceding to it say that it was nothing more than a touch up, brought on by issues stemming from an artistic point of view. That they thought lighter shading represented the kids “coming into the light”.  I agree with the HuffPo reporter there are no two sides to this story, and it’s a shame that the story is not being diffused in a broader manner. I also agree with the fact that the school should have said NO WAY to the ludicrous idea of messing with the way the mural was. Ironic, yesterday on Twitter I read a tweet by someone who said he had gone out to a Mexican restaurant in solidarity, to show support to the business and its owners, he said “If they get rid of them you know who’s next”

READ ABOUT THE MURAL IN THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/04/arizona-elementary-school-mural_n_601436.html

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/06/04/20100604arizona-mural-sparks-racial-debate.html

“Los Suns” speak out against SB1070 & more Testimonials


Video project by LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens)  featuring the reaction and opinions of those who oppose the unfair law.

Featuring : Phoenix Suns, Shakira, and a Soldier

http://unitearizona.org/testimonials/

Petition like lives depended on it, cuz they do


“The Attorney General has taken an oath to defend the Constitution. He cannot let this anti-American, unconstitutional attack on the civil rights of immigrants and Latinos stand.”

The Arizona bill is so extreme that even Tom Tancredo–a rabid anti-immigrant zealot–opposes this law.”

“Association of Chiefs of Police opposes the bill.” – FROM THE  “Ask Eric Holder to block Arizona’s Racists law” petition

TO SIGN  THE PETITIONS VISIT

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/holder_stop_az_law/?rc=tw

http://b3.caspio.com/dp.asp?AppKey=dd061000573535ccf36c4f958771

JOIN THE YANKEE FANS AGAINST ALLSTAR GAME IN ARIZONA FACEBOOK PAGE

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116735655023538

The quality of lives do depend on whether we speak out our not. If you’re against this injustice then please help us by supporting petitions like these, together we can stand strong and united against hate mongers.

BOYCOTT ARIZONA


If you are among those who disapprove SB 1070 & want make your voice heard u can  do so by joining in the boycott efforts here’s a website dedicated to the boycott http://www.arizona-boycott.org/ Also you can show your support by joining the #BoycottArizona topic on twitter. Our tweets are making news.

Soccer & SB 1070


What is the relationship between SB 1070 and Soccer? Good question! One thing about soccer and its History is that it’s always gone hand in hand with Politics. Since the time Benito Mussolini used soccer to promote the Italian Fascist Party to the infamous “Soccer War” between Honduras and El Salvador, soccer was involved.”- Continued http://latinosports.com/featured/arizona-sb-1070-and-soccer.html

Article  by Cesar Diaz from latinosports.com