"Spanish John: The Caballero Killer" Latin Lover Sighting! "Spanish" (this time!) or "Mexican" (or Argentine, for that matter)--Yet Another Page in the History of a Stereotype
Just enough time for a quick link to Pappy's cool comics blog for a story from 1948 featuring a dapper "Spanish" Latin Lover (spoiler alert! he may not be "Spanish"). Longtime visitors of this blog are familiar with my familiar reminder that Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry are not field-tested, post-poststructuralism Anthropologists--a fancy way of saying that until quite recently, it just did not matter! It's akin to what happens in Southern California where Puerto Ricans, Costa Ricans, (even Brazilians!), are all "Mexican." In any event, this blog is dedicated to tracking the evolution of the Latin Lover stereotype and this tale, from 1948, is killer!