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I Seem To Be The Only One Offended By This Mexican Theme Park In South Carolina

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When you think of the term “south of the border,” you probably think of states in Mexico — you know, places that are actually south of the border. Not many people think of a Mexican theme park in South Carolina, but that is exactly what I came across on a recent road trip. This bizarre concept is a fullblown theme park with restaurants, shops, rides and a mascot named Pedro.

The idea for this huge tourist attraction came to the mind of its founder, Alan Schafer, in 1949.

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This theme park technically is south of the border because it’s in South Carolina just south of the North Carolina border. However, what first began as a beer depot, according to its bio on their website, slowly grew to include a restaurant, a drive-in, a motel, multiple shops, a miniature golf course, a campsite, and so on.

It might have been a funny or cool concept 60 years ago, but in today’s political era, it doesn’t feel like a Mexican homage at all.

So why a Mexican theme? Schafer, while doing business in Mexico in the ’40s, recruited two Mexican men to help him start a theme park.

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According to the site, Schafer helped two Mexican men get to the U.S. and hired them as bellhops at Schafer’s motel. Instead of calling them by their individual names, Pedro and Pancho, people just combined these names to simply Pedro. (Because why not, right? ?) So “Pedro” became like the mascot and can be seen throughout the grounds.

Most of the 175 billboards for this park can be seen up and down Interstate 95. Each one tells you how far you are from “The South of the Border.”

No matter how corny #TheSouthoftheBorder billboards are. It always lets me know how close I am 2 my grandma's house. Very nostalgic 🙂

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As the Instagram above says, the billboards are completely corny and dated and literally everywhere. According to the site, there are 175 billboards between the Virginia/North Carolina state lines. That’s a small number compared to the original 250 billboards that existed.

This place is hardly a tribute to our culture, but more like a weird fantasy of what some people think Mexico is like.

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Yes, I was curious to stop and take a look but mostly because I – a Mexican-American – couldn’t believe a Mexican-themed tourist attraction existed in South Carolina.

I felt extremely uncomfortable being there mainly because I was the only real Mexican there. The whole place felt like a big fat joke, as if Mexicans are something to gawk at and laugh about.

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CREDIT: Araceli Cruz

I initially thought we could stop and have a margarita, but one look around and I honestly wanted to get out of this insane Chuck E. Cheese-like place.

I seem to be alone in thinking this place is borderline racist because other people are having a great time.

We are under attack at #thesouthoftheborder

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Yes, dinosaurs are also celebrities here right alongside Pedro. Why? Who knows?! Maybe because Mexicans and dinosaurs have something in common? Are we both extinct?!

And as you can see from these Instagrams, most people who love this place are NOT Mexican.

For some weird reason, The South of the Border was on this lady’s bucket list.

Apparently, taking a picture with Pedro is also a must.


The Pedro statue is what I found to be probably the most offensive.

Drivin 20 hours ain't so bad with this squad! #DisneyBound #13hoursdown #7togo #SouthOfTheBorder #Pedro

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IMO, this kind of theme park could be more relevant in a place like California or Arizona, where the Mexican culture thrives and can be celebrated in a powerful way.

Aside from the sombreros and mustaches and all the other stereotypes, what makes this downright disrespectful to me is that the Latinx population in South Carolina is 5%.

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In the early ’50s, when this place was first built, the Latinx community in the area was a lot less than 5%, almost non-existent, which makes the idea of this theme park seem nothing but exploitive.

Schafer caricatured Mexican culture instead of actually celebrating it.

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READ: 9 Ways I Felt At Home In South Korea


Would you visit “The South of the Border?”

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After Being Diagnosed With A Brain Tumor, This Makeup Artist Started Creating Full Blown Masterpieces On Her Lips

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After Being Diagnosed With A Brain Tumor, This Makeup Artist Started Creating Full Blown Masterpieces On Her Lips

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If you’re one of the millions that mentions Selena Quintanilla’s name at least once a day — this makeup artist just created a way for everyone to know how much you truly adore Selena without saying a word.

A 25-year-old makeup artist from Sydney, Australia just created the most stunning tribute to Selena.


While some of us can’t even outline our lips, this makeup artist drew the “Amor Prohibido” album art by hand on ??her?? lips??. And it’s so detailed!

Meet Jazmina Daniel, the mastermind behind this insane lip artwork.


How flawless is she?!

Her personal story is as incredible as her artistry. Last year she told ABC News that she became a makeup artist to relieve stress after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“In 2006 I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which forced me to leave school,” Jazmina said to ABC News. “I spent most of my days inside and focused on art for happiness. From canvases I began working on my own face, which then led to doing a few makeup courses during the time I was unwell and working then as a makeup artist.

“After that I became unwell again and had to have surgery to remove my tumor, and it was shortly after that I started to get creative with my lips instead of just glamour makeup,” she added.

Lip art brings me happiness. I find joy in it and it definitely is an amazing stress reliever,” she told ABC News.


And with a tiny palette like the one you see below, she creates her works of art.

Warning: You’re about to be blown away…

The outcome of her go-to stress reliever is insane! She’s mastered how to draw everything on her lips from “Beauty And The Beast”…

I’d love to wear this to Disneyland.

To “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”…


So classy and perfect.

And she even recreated a masterpiece of Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement photos.


How long does this take?! Where does she wear this to? Is it kiss-proof? So many questions!

Her artwork is seriously an optical illusion.

How does she do it?!

Here’s a collage of her most popular creations:

We wonder how long it takes to create this magical beauty.

And here’s one more look at her Selena lip because it’s so ?.

I mean, just outlining my lips like that would be a victory in my book.

So what did Selena fans think?

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This is just a snippet of some of the comments that gave Jazmina glowing reviews.

 Jazmina, you are a true queen.

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Vintage feels 👄 Dress from @uniquevintage

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We hope you continue to bless us with your artwork.

Check out how she actually creates her masterpieces, here.


READ: Things Latinas With Perfect Eyebrows Know To Be True

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