Saturday, March 16, 2013

Intense Pre Surrealist gaze: La Pequeña Frida


 Taken by her father Guillermo Kahlo (Carl Wilhelm Kahlo) on June 15, 1919.

Ben Shapiro: Ethnic Studies Only Good For Meeting Girls

"I took Jewish studies courses when I was at UCLA. There are only two reasons to take a Jewish studies course. The first is to meet girls and the second is to get an easy A. And that’s why most students are taking ethnic studies courses."

Mr. Shapiro looking like a tightly wound-up tight Ken doll explains to an amused Megan Kelly, in a Fox News Live segment, that Ethnic studies perpetuate radical anti-American sentiment, due to the myopic views which Ethnic studies promote.

Give Mr. Shapiro a big LOL for comedic timing and being such a ladies man. In the mean time Arizona continues to be the place where "ethnic" just about anything is grounds for suspicion and censorship.  Mr Shapiro is the author of:  Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Who is that masked Japanese Político?

A storm sits percolating in the southern Japan city of Oita, where a politician a la Santo Enmascarado refuses to take off his Luchador mask in order to attend city council meetings. The council members are prohibiting newly elected Skull Reaper A-ji to participate in city business unless he is unmasked. Skull Reaper refuses to give into the demand explaining that without his mask he is someone else.

¡Claro! Because when the real Santo went places without his cape, and instead donned meticulous leisure suits, no one demanded the removal of his silver mask. The mask was the point. Citing his past civil work, Mr. Skull Reaper Aji expresses he simply wants to keep helping his constituents. Stay tuned for the unraveling of  this suspenseful Japanese Mexican novela.

On another note, let us meditate on the mesmerizing effects of the transnational power of Mexican Lucha Libre all the way in Japan.

To learn more about the black, red, and white Skull Reaper, and if you read Japanese, check this out.

Via: Gawker

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Before She Was RITA HAYWORTH (And Before Over a Year of Electrolysis), Margarita Dolores Carmen Cansino Roamed Southern California

The transformation from Margarita Carmen Cansino to Rita Hayworth is the stuff of Hollywood legend--and one of the minor obsessions of this blog. In any event, I ran across the best pre-electrolysis shot of Rita I have seen in awhile--it is reproduced below and here.

Sofia Vergara Shoots Up the Screen With a Brassiere/Machine Gun in MACHETE KILLS (Robert Rodriguez's Upcoming Sequel to Machete | September 2013)

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Robert Rodriguez has opened the flood gates of info for his September 2013 sequel to Machete, MACHETE KILLS (both, sequels in a way to the "fake trailer" masque that was part of Rodriguez's and Quentin Tarantino's GRINDHOUSE collaboration from 2007). For the purposes of the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog (sequel itself to Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the 'Mexican' in America) ever-curious about the figuration of "Mexicans" in America, most striking amidst the optical treasure trove of released materials to date is the most recent visual bonbon to emerge, the clickable image opposite of Colombiana Sofia Vergara, née Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara.  Most vividly documented online in the staid and reserved the UK's Daily Mail, Rodriguez's poster captures the representational zeitgeist of Tex[t]-Mex, rendering the book obsolete in one fell swoop. If one of the purposes of said tome was to explore how Latina/o figuration (in a U.S. context) is always being fused (and suffused) with an illicit, dark, always-already violent form of promiscuous, tantalizing sexuality, then Rodriguez's poster ups the ante--mesmerizing with its over-the-top fusing of archetypal opposites: breasts (or at the very least, brassieres, via synecdoche) symbolizing (literally) the mother's milk of nurturing amalgamated here with machine guns, perhaps the utter semiotic avatar of mayhem, murder and death. Something to mull (or *symbolically speaking* suck on) this fine Sunday morning. More on this to come!  Here's an IGN news brief on the Vergara poster and Rodriguez's upcoming opus:

Lalo Alcaraz @ How to Spot a Mexican Dad (La Cucaracha's Guide for Chicanos Who Aren't Quite Sure What the Hell THEY Are)

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