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16 Latino Celebs People Love To Hate

Even within our own community, there are people that everyone just loves to hate. Sometimes it’s because they rub us the wrong way, while other time it’s because they’re just horrible people. Let’s indulge our dark side today, and talk about some of the Latino celebs that we love to hate.

1. Kat Von D

Instagram @thekatvond

Kat Von D was actually born Katherine von Drachenberg in Montemorelos, Mexico. She’s famous for her work as a TV tattoo artist, first on Miami Ink, then on her own spin-off LA Ink. She’s a famously divisive figure in the tattooing community for her fallout with Miami Ink boss Ami James- several members of the studio claim that she used a racial slur against James after she was fired. She went on to found her own makeup line but ran into trouble again earlier this year when she announced on Instagram that she would not be vaccinating her newborn.

2.- Stacey Dash

Instagram @staceydash

Most people remember Stacey Dash from her starring role in both the movie and the TV version of Clueless. The actress, who is of Bajan, Mexican, and African-American descent, recently pivoted from entertainment into politics. In 2012, she publicly announced her support for the Republican party, and since the rise of Donald Trump has been one of his most outspoken advocates. She was recently hired by Fox News as a ‘cultural analysis’ commentator.

3. Bella Thorne

Instagram @bellathorne

Actress and model Bella Thorne’s Twitter has been blowing up recently after her insensitive comments about the California wildfires were picked up by the media. In her Nov. 1 tweet, she complained that she couldn’t make it to her boyfriend’s show because the 101 Freeway was closed. Actor Rob Lowe picked up the tweet and posted “This attitude is why people hate celebrities/Hollywood. Bella, I’m sorry you were inconvenienced. We will try to move out our dead quicker.”

4. Perez Hilton

Instagram @theperezhilton

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton (who was born Mario Armando Lavandiera Jr.) has been posting his hot takes on celeb culture and entertainment since his eponymous website opened in 2004. He’s been criticized for favoring celebrities that he’s personal friends with, like Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga, while simultaneously bullying others.

5. Juan Pablo Galavis

Instagram @juanpagalavis

Although he began his career as a soccer player in Venezuela before moving to Miami FC, Juan Pablo Galavis is most famous for his stint on The Bachelorette, and then The Bachelor. He was eliminated early in Desiree Hartsock’s season but was brought back for season 18 of The Bachelor as the first Latino Bachelor. He quickly fell from favor after he publicly dismissed the idea of a gay bachelor season, saying “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV.”

6. David Blaine

Instagram @davidblaine

David Blaine is one of the most famous magicians in the world- which explains his presence on this list. Most people think his illusions are simply visual trickery and roll their eyes when he’s quoted saying stuff like: “I saw something very prophetic … a vision of every race, every religion, every age group banding together, and that made all this worthwhile” after one of his endurance stunts.

7. Charlie Sheen

Instagram @charliesheen

In 2010, Charlie Sheen had everything- a stellar movie career, and a lucrative TV gig where he was making $1.8 million per episode of Two and a Half Men. Then, his bad-boy image started taking over his life- he assaulted his wife and was investigated for stalking and threatening his former fiancée. The man who was born Carlos Irwin Estevez has become a parody of himself.

8. Lele Pons

Instagram @lelepons

Lele Pons, who was born in Caracas, Venezuela, was for a time the No. 1 Viner in the entire world. She’s spun her popularity into viral fame, become one of the most sought-after influencers on social media. Although she has many devoted fans, tons of people have left her social media channels after stories of her lying about doing charity work broke. She had been bragging about donating her hair to a cancer charity, but it turns out that the hair she was holding in that video was fake.

9. Alex Rodriguez

Instagram @arod

The lovable baseball superstar turned genius investor Alex Rodriguez has managed to make people forget that in 2007, he publicly came forward to tell the world that he had been using steroids for years. If he had admitted it while he was still playing, it would have resulted in the longest non-lifetime suspension in MLB history.

10. Jose Canseco

Instagram @33josecanseco

Another Latino baseball star who disappointed millions of fans by using performance-enhancing drugs is Jose Canseco. He made his confession in spectacular style, publishing a book entitled Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. In the book, he not only confessed to doping himself, but he also called out his teammates that hadn’t yet come forward.

11. Snooki

Instagram @snooki

Nicole Polizzi, who most people know as Snooki, caught the world’s attention as a hard-partying ‘guidette’ on MTV’s Jersey Shore. Although the entire show was about the cast’s Italian heritage, Polizzi (who now goes by her married name, Nicole LaValle), was actually born in Chile and was adopted as an infant by an Italian-American family.

12. J-Woww

Instagram @jwoww

Snooki’s Jersey Shore bestie J-Woww has also admitted to not really being of Italian heritage- she’s actually from a Spanish and Italian family. Regardless of her heritage, she provided six seasons worth of drunken guidette drama on the popular MTV reality show.

13. Lea Michele

Instagram @leamichele

Glee star Lea Michele has her share of haters, but most people are just jealous of her insanely incredible voice. Lea Michele hails from a Sephardic-Jewish background and has been a fixture on Broadway since she was a teenager. Glee was her first major TV role, and she’s since appeared on numerous TV series’, and has released two solo studio albums.

14. Nicole Richie

Instagram @nicolerichie

It’s easy to forget now that she’s grown up and calmed down a bit, but Nicole Richie used to run with a wild socialite crowd. Richie, who has English, Mexican, and Creole ancestry, was first introduced to the world through the 2003 TV series The Simple Life, which took Richie and her BFF Paris Hilton, and dropped the spoiled teens in rural Alabama for a month.

15. Jennifer Lopez

Instagram @jlo

While most people in the world love J-Lo, she has really gone far away from her roots in the south-side Bronx. There’s no one in the world that could mistake her for ‘Jenny from the Block’ now- because they’re definitely too bedazzled by all the rocks that she got.

16. Aubrey Plaza

Instagram @plazadeaubrey
Another actress whose style requires a bit of a leap of faith is Aubrey Plaza, who first caught the world’s attention in Parks and Recreation. Although she’s one of the funniest actresses out there today, not everyone appreciates her dry and sardonic humor. Half-Puerto Rican Plaza’s next appearance will be in a remake of the 1988 horror film Child’s Play. 

Pitbull Wants To Empower And Uplift The Latino Community By Leading By Example

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Pitbull Wants To Empower And Uplift The Latino Community By Leading By Example

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Pitbull is the honorary patron Saint of Miami and they’re so proud of it. Pitbull brings Miami class, Cuban swag to the music world, and has raised us all since his first album dropped almost 15 years ago.

We know him by his trademark style of a shaved head, suit, and those sunglasses he wears everywhere. He might be Mr. Worldwide but there are things that so many people don’t know about him. Here are a few facts that might surprise you.

Pitbull’s real name is Armando Christian Perez.

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He was born in Miami to Cuban immigrants, making him a first-generation Cuban-American. His parents separated when he was young and he was mostly raised by his mother.

He chose the name “Pitbull” because of the breed’s ferocious reputation.

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Which makes many believe that he is actually a sweetie under that tough guy facade.

Pitbull spent his first music paycheck to buy his mom a car.

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This was back in 1999, so the paycheck was about $1,500. He spent $1,200 to buy his mom a 1988 Mazda hatchback and put the $300 remaining in the bank. That’s the son all our mom’s raised us to be.

By the time he was 3 years old, he was reciting José Martí poetry at bars.

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Pitbull’s father would take him to bars to recite the Cuban revolutionary philosopher’s poetry, he told Vanity Fair. That was the first time I saw how powerful words were,” Pitbull says. “We’re a culture that likes to talk a lot. We have a lot of sayings. Words mean a lot.”

He grew up wanting to become a basketball player.

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He also went to Tae Kwon Do and jujitsu classes growing up, which he says gave him the discipline he needed in the music industry. His mom allegedly made him listen to Tony Robbins tracks in the car on the way to practice.

By the time he was 13, he was in love with music, thanks to hip-hop icons like N.W.A., Public Enemy and Jay Z.

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He’s even been called “the Latino Jay Z” to his face during interviews and he doesn’t protest. When we first met Pitbull, he was wearing baggy jeans and had his hair in corn rows.

Some folks call him a “sellout” for his more polished look these days.

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Have you ever seen this man in anything but a suit? When Vanity Fair points out the “sellout” label, he goes, “They’re right. I did sell out. I sell out arenas, I sell out stadiums. I sell out a bunch of things all around the world.” Dale.

Most of the suits that he wears are from his own line, After Dark.

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Other rappers have been in awe of his commitment to the look. Usher has heaped respect on the guy for going out and performing a 3 hour show in an Armani suit, sweating like crazy.

His brand is very important to him.

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He’s gone on the record telling Latina,  “I’m not here to exploit our culture – I’m here to empower it, and I want to build a brand like Jennifer Lopez.”

His collab with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte served as the official theme of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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“We Are One (Ole Ola)” became the tournament’s official song. Immediately after the World Cup, which took place in São Paulo, he was announced to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He’s not just here for fame and money. He’s giving back.

In 2010, Pitbull protested the anti-immigration laws in Arizona by cancelling his concert.

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After SB 1070 passed, which requires local authorities to act as ICE by racially profiling people and asking for papers, Pitbull refused to bring any economic revenue to the state.

In a tweet, he says, “How is the country we enjoy and love bcuz of its human rights, freedom, opportunity and that has been built by immigrants, now start 2 deny them? It is contradicting 2 everything the USA stands 4.”

Pitbull has launched the S.L.A.M. charter schools, including in Little Havana, Miami, and Arizona.

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The school is aimed towards kids who want to pursue a career in sports leadership and management. The school’s website quotes Pitbull as saying, “This is a dream come true. We can have endless number one records around the world, but it means nothing. To be able to perform in front of the world means nothing. It just gives us the avenue to be able to do these kind of things. This is priceless.”

How does he fund it all? Partnerships. Endless partnerships.

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He’s endorsed by Kodak, Dr. Pepper, Voli Vodka, Budweiser, Walmart, Pepsi, Dodge, Fiat and more. He grew his spokesperson status with Norwegian Cruise lines by launching a Pitbull backed Norwegian party cruise last year.

He even has a majority equity stake in Voli Vodka, hence that 305 worldwide logo you see there:

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His brand: party guy. He famously told Vanity Fair earlier this year that he’s “single, bilingual, and ready to mingle.” In the meantime, this guy is hustling.

Of course he has a television production company named “Honey I’m Home.”

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Of course, this is named after the first ever Cuban-American actor Desi Arnaz’s line in I Love Lucy. He even has his own SiriusXM radio channel called Pitbull’s Globalization Radio.

Most recently, he’s expected to play the voice of ‘Ugly Dog’ in Uglydolls, releasing in 2019.

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He also played the voice of Bufo in Epic (2013) and himself in Blood Money. So far, he hasn’t taken up acting in any way but he has played himself eight times on television and the big screen. #NeverForget his Dancing with the Stars era.

That’s not to say he hasn’t made enemies over the years…

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Lindsay Lohan tried to sue him in 2011 for defamation after he used the line “I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan” in the track “Give Me Everything.” The judge dismissed the suit, ruling that Pitbull’s entire track is protected as a work of art under the First Amendment. 😘

Public Enemy No. 1? President Trump.

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Trump literally flew Pitbull in a helicopter to meet with him and ultimately, Pitbull decided that Trump doesn’t understand the true unity and power of the Latino community.

Caption: “Everybody calm down, Donald Trump isn’t Pitbull. It’s not as if he has a plane he can just load up with stuff for Puerto … oh, right.”

Immediately and quietly after Hurricane Maria passed, Pitbull flew cancer patients from Puerto Rico to Miami to continue getting chemo.

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He also told CNN that he clearly sees what Trump is about. “His true colors are real simple. It’s about money, it’s about power, and when you’re raised that way, it goes to show you what your true priorities are.” Burn.

Meanwhile, Pitbull joined J.Lo and Marc Anthony’s relief initiative “Somos Una Voz” to aid Puerto Rico.

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They raised over $6 million dollars to bring aid to Puerto Rico.

Ultimately, Mr. Worldwide doesn’t just want to conquer the world. He wants to empower Latinos to do the same.

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We’re calling it an uprising in the best possible way. He told “The Real” that “money does buy happiness, you just got to give it away.” There you have it. Pitbull is one of the most charitable rappers around and it’s all thanks to those Tony Robbins tapes.


READ: While People Pleaded For Trump To Send Relief To Puerto Rico, Pitbull Sent A Private Plane To Help Cancer Patients

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