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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The 411 on Mexico’s Bicentennial


This year Mexico is in for a big celebration, because the year 2010 marks its Bicentennial.  Mexico will be commemorating 200 years of Independence and 100 since the Mexican Revolution.  If you’ve ever been curious about Mexico in any way,  right now is a great time to get to know  Mexican History, Biographies of Historical figures, Culture, Geography, folklore, and much more.   The Mexican Government and the bicentennial committee have launched some great websites so that everyone can share in the festivities.

Bicentennial Websites can be found both in Spanish & English

ENGLISH SITE:  http://english.bicentenario.gob.mx/

SPANISH SITE: http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/bdbic/index.php

Get daily updates on what going on with Bicenternario 2010 events and get your daily historical fact by following on Twitter: @Bicentenario

The bicentennial 2010 YouTube page is : http://www.youtube.com/bicentenariomexico

Follow on FaceBook, each Historical Hero of the Nation has their own FaceBook page:

http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=728

GET FREE BOOKS ON MEXICO AND IT’S HISTORY IN PDF For at  THE BICENTENNIAL DIGITAL  LIBRARY

http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/bdbic/

Among the books available : Historia de Mejico, desde sus tiempos mas remotos hasta nuestros dias Tomo I = Historia of Mejico, from the most remote times up to now, Volume I

From the children’s collection “Mexican Child”:  Queretaros site and the Hill of Bells

Historical Newspapers also available

Feliz Cumpleaños a ti: Frida Kahlo’s 103rd birthday


Today marks the 103rd birthday of one of the most renowned, and influential Mexican painters of the middle twentieth century. “Frida Kahlo”  is  #2 on Twitter’s Worldwide  TT(trending topics list), Google celebrated with a doodle, and numerous commemorative articles are being diffused…  just to name a few of the ways  she is being honored and remembered today.

Bio & other cool Frida Links:

http://www.fridakahlo.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo

http://www.artchive.com/artchive/K/kahlo.html

http://www.pbs.org/weta/fridakahlo/index.html

http://www.fridakahlofans.com/mainmenu.html

http://www.ocaiw.com/catalog/index.php?lang=en&catalog=pitt&author=464&page=1

Pictures of Frida

http://www.google.com/images?q=Frida+Kahlo&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=cpozTPlvwfycB53OjYkE&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CD0QsAQwAQ

Empowering Art project inspired by Frida

http://blog.pigtailpals.com/2010/07/self-portraits-frida-kahlo-and-preschoolers/

Top5 MexicanTweeters


Wondering what up with Twitter Mex? Who to follow? Who’s popular, who’s addicted to tweeting, who’s  winning the followers war? Who’s captured the hearts of followers and why? Here’s the inside scoop a list of the top 5 most popular Mex Tweeters

@twirus_mexico reports: Top5 personas populares 1 @javier_alarcon_ 2 @mauclark 3 @SO_Sebastian 4^ @Anahi 5^ @alexrosaldo You can keep up with the latest news, popular tags and trending topics related to Mexico and Mexican Tweeters by visiting  http://mexico.twirus.com

WHO ARE THESE TWEETERS?

@MAUCLARK= Entertainment reporter for Televisa’s 1N Primero Noticias. Very funny, wacky guy Tweets a lot of pics. Currently reporting from South Africa with his equally off the wall partner @lauragii

@javier alarcon sports caster for  Televisa Deportes

@SO SEBASTIAN= Singer/contestant on Mexico’s versions of American Idol: La Academia, & Segunda Oportunidad

@Anhai= Singer, former member of pop group RBD

@alexrosaldo= Singer, actress, tv host.  Famous for dating popular comedian @EugenioDerbez

OTHER TWITTER ACCOUNTS THAT MIGHT BE OF YOUR INTEREST

@femexfut = follow Mexican League soccer clubs, get the latest standings, news, and game schedules

@andresgua18 =  Andres Guardado’s twitter.

@yosoy8a

@gerardotorrado6 = Gerando Torrado’s twitter

@efrajuarez = Efrain Juarez’s twitter

@luisemichel= Luis Michel’s twitter

@El_Tri= Follow team Mexico

@Chivas

@Telenovelas USA = Get pics, interviews and the latest news on your fav Novelas.

Mexico’s Angelic Presence in South Africa


The World Cup is so close! Can you savor the anticipation? Check this out, a replica of one of the most famous and venerated Mexican landmarks “The Angel of Independence”, located in Mexico City at who’s base Mexican Heroes are buried has been transported to South Africa. Too cool or what?! Its home in South Africa will be Johannesburg the city in which the Mexico vs South Africa game will open up the grandiose tournament. The statue will serve as a symbol for the radiant and divine beauty that is Mexico & its people.  The location of the statute will serve as a place where:  our compatriots, South African and  international brothers & sisters will be able to celebrate and join in the Mexican spirit.  Guess this gives a whole new meaning to saying that,  El Tri tiene Angel =D Read more on this story(in Spanish) at the following link from El Tri’s official site.

http://seleccion.mx/mundial-sudafrica-2010/362/la-fiesta-mexicana-ya-se-siente-en-sudafrica/

SB1070:Texas Teacher Singles out Latino student


The Mexicans with their attitudes are the racist ones.” Continuing to point at Ortiz, she allegedly told the class that Mexicans always “expect handouts” and “soon it’s going to be the United States of Mexico,

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE BY ANDREA NILL @ http://thinkprogress.org/2010/05/17/texas-latino-immigration/

The racists coming out of the woodwork now with movements like SB1070 being backed by the government there is no longer a need to wear a mask. They are openly brandishing their hate and prejudice.