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This Latina’s Chanclazo Costume Has Us All Terrified And Really Made Halloween A Time To Remember

Makeup artist Yvette Marie Gonzalez dished a collective clap back to all the Latina mamis who terrorized us with their chanclas. Gonzalez has been dishing gory zombie, creepy clown, and even adorable candy-corn-crowned Halloween looks all season. Yet, she saved the best, no, worst, for Halloween. What happened that fateful day? “I forgot the beans and my mom gave me el chanclazo,” she captioned a photo of an actual chancla bloodily embedded into her head. Fake blood is splattered around her scalp and down her temples as she serves lewks.

Every Latino knows the only thing we ever needed to fear on Halloween was the chancla.

Chanclazo Costume
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Did you forget the beans were on the stove and they got burned? Chancla. Did you forget to take the chicken out of the freezer to thaw? Sinking, sinking, pit in your stomach because you know the chancla is coming. Gonzalez, based out of Donna, Texas, recreated our worst childhood fears in just two, horrifying hours. Since sharing the look on social media, it’s gone viral. It’s been shared over 22,000 times, and has nearly 5,000 comments and likes. The 24-year-old made a follow-up post to share her shock, saying “This is absolutely crazy! I would’ve never thought that a small concept I had when I started my 16 Days Till Halloween would reach this many people is beyond me! ???? Thank you for all the shares, likes, & comments! Happy Halloween ????????”

“This really is for the culture sis,” commented one fan.

Chanclazo Costume
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“A true Hispanic Halloween,” commented another admirer. “Even scarier than La Llorona…..La Chancla! You KILLED IT with this one,” a friend writes. Dozens of comments are telling Gonzalez that she “won” Halloween. Basically, we Adult Children of Latina Moms (ACLM) feel seen as heck. “I get PTSD just looking at this ???????????? you definitely killed it!!! ????????,” commented one obvious ACLM. A knowing father decided to loop us all in, saying, “*olvidaron* sweetheart. I love the chanclaso right in the forehead. It’s all our mama’s dream comes true but also their guilty nightmare hahaha.” Of course, Latina moms are already commenting, “Yes! I’m showing this to my kids as a warning! ????” Oh, no, Gonzalez, what have we done.

Gonzalez has basically raised all our childhood horror stories from the grave.

Chanclazo Costume
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While employing our gifted sense of denial of child abuse, Latinos are filling the comments with funny stories from their childhood. “Then your mom’s like “Ay no te paso nada eres bien exagerada. Tu tienes la culpa por no hacerme caso si te hable muchas veces” (she only called you 1 time and you were busy with another chore????????????????),” commented one fan, who accurately describes our moms telling us we’re overexaggerating how hard they hit. Typically, the vast majority of our experiences with la chancla was the simple threat of a mom taking off her chancla. She’d point it at us and threaten, “Te calmas o te calmo.” Usually, that was enough to get us to stop with the pendejería but it’s safe to say we all may have narrowly missed a scene like this one.

Gonzalez didn’t wear the chancla for Halloween, fearing it would strike too much additional trauma on the younger members of her family.

Chanclazo Costume
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Gonzalez did more than apply makeup to get the look just right. We all know, exactamente, how heavy a chancla is when it’s flying across the room or repeatedly in your face. Gonzalez had to shave down the sole of the chancla to make it light enough to stay upright on her head, according to a local news outlet. Then, she used liquid latex to get the chancla to stick to her head, and cotton balls and tissue paper, presumably, to prop the chancla up. Given Gonzalez’s finesse with fake blood in previous looks, we’d say she was made to perfect the chanclazo horror look.

The lesson here: mamis, keep giving us el chanclazo and we’ll grow up to be talented makeup artists that put your savagery on full display to The Internet.

Chanclazo Costume
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Thus far, Gonzalez’s mom has not spoken out, but we’d like to file a petition to view the video we hope Gonzalez recorded of her mom’s reaction. Were there chanclas involved? Or was she scared straight? Maybe we’ll never know. Regardless, we’re with the Latino Internet. You win Halloween 2019, Yvette.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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