Distracted from my day to day life as the chair of an English Department, I was indolently reading my favorite columnist and BFF* Gustavo Arellano, aka Ask-A-Mexican, OCWeekly's irreverent, peculiar, and delicious ace detective of the the Latino/a dasein, and, as per the usual, I was laughing. Try not to read and enjoy this ghost-of-Rita Hayworth-inspired rant--that crazy Chicano Mesican can write! [click to enlarge]
But the flipside of all that laughter and something Arellano has helped to out more than anyone is the fact that Mexican stereotypes feed the self-loathing lusts of Mexican-hating fools everywhere. After all, these gobs of semantic and semoitc hate are so right at hand. Next to dumb blond jokes, Mexican-slurring chistes are manna from the skies for Glenn-Beck- and Lou-Dobbs-channeling-doofi (plural of doofus) from Calexico to Boise, from West Lafayette to Storrs, Ct.
Sorry for the downer post, but you read this, watch CNN Headline, and Fox New,s and its about all you can do to smile in the morning. Luckily Arellano's pumping some gnarly-good correlatives and correctives!
*Best Freakin'-fulano Friend