21 What-ifs: This Would Happen If Friends Was Set In Mexico City 

Friends is a synonym of New York. The streets, smells and slang of the Big Apple transpire in almost every scene of the show. However, one of the big missteps of the Warner Bros. sitcom was its lack of diversity: few non-white characters were given major roles, and New York seemed to be as white as a glass of milk.

In the spirit of diversity and trying to let our imagination run wild, here’s 21 what-ifs… Imagine Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe and Rachel actually lived in Mexico City, a metropolis as richly complex as New York. If the famous amigos were chilangos (slang for Mexico City dwellers) their lives would be a tad spicier and a bit more chaotic.

Venga, pues!

1. Joey would be a struggling telenovela actor

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Part of Joey’s charm has to do with his constant failures as a thespian. In Mexico City he would get minor roles in period telenovelas and would have to wear ridiculous costumes and talk in old-fashioned Spanish. She would also receive a cachetada or two.

2. Phoebe would open a trendy spa in La Condesa: “El gato apestoso”

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“El gato apestoso” means “smelly cat”. If you are fans of the show you get the reference. Phoebe would be an esoteric guru in trendy La Condesa, a gentrified hood full of hipsters and lovers of all things organic.

3. And she would live in Coyoacán

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But Phoebe would not live in La Condesa, but in the hippie central of Coyoacan, the home of Frida Kahlo and El Hijo del Cuervo, a bohemian bar where we can totally picture her singing a tune.

4. Ross would teach at the UNAM

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The Universidad Nacional is the oldest university in the continent and home of the country’s brightest minds. Dr Ross Geller would certainly lecture here. His students would think he is a snob, un fresa.

5. And he would have grown up in Satélite

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This suburb has a personality of its own and its inhabitants, satelucos, often deny actually being chilangos. The Gellers would be one of the oldest families in this area north of the city, once sold as suburban paradise.

6. Monica would end up working at Pujol (one of the best restaurants in the world)

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Mexico City has a buoyant culinary scene. Monica would work her way up and end up working at chef Enrique Olvera’s Pujol, which is often voted as one of the top 15 restaurants in the planet. Tacos never looked so good.

7. Chandler would take Monica rowing to the Chapultepec Lake

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Rowing in this greenish lake smack in the middle of the city is a common date. It is a bit kitschy, but so is Chandler. We can imagine them tripping into the water and Monica getting a horrible allergy and ending up in hospital. Pinche Chandler!

8. Ross and Rachel would have a hot date at the top of the Torre Latinoamericana

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This is one of the first high rises in the city, and Ross and Rachel could have a Sleepless in Seattle moment watching the endless sea of lights flickering below them. Ay, cositos! 

9. “The one where Little Ben would get lost in Perisur”

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Perisur is one of the biggest malls in the South of the city, El Sur. Rachel would babysit little Ben and lose him while window shopping and daydreaming of haute couture. He would be saved by a heroic abuelita.

10. Joey’s flirting phrase would be “Qué transa, chiquita?”

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TBH Joey is a bit creepy and sleazy. His catchphrase in Spanish would sound even stickier than his famous “How you doin?”. He would rightfully get slapped a time or two.

11. Rachel would work at the Palacio de Hierro in trendy Polanco

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After cancelling her wedding Rachel would work as a waiter for years and they find her dream job as a personal shopper for fresa ladies from Las Lomas and Polanco in this superfancy department store.

12. Joey and Chandler would go to Teotihuacán to try to hook-up with gringuitas

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This archeological site is just an hour out of Mexico City. Whenever both of them were single, the dynamic duo would try to flirt with American tourists in their broken English, pretending to know the history of ancient Mexico.

13. Central Perk would be a hipster cafe in La Roma: Delicia Central

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La Colonia Roma is one of the most traditional neighborhoods in the city. It is full of amazing colonial architecture and recently has become home of all things hipster, organic and yummy. Central Perk would be Delicia Central, a homy yet sophisticated cafecito.

14. Gunther would be an Spanish chavaruco: Pierre

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One of the funniest secondary characters in the show is the manager at Central Perk. Instead of German he would be French and his name would be Pierre. He would be the epitome of the chavoruco: the stereotype of the man in his 40s or 50s who feels and acts like he is 20.

15. They would all get together on January 6 to eat Rosca de Reyes

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One of the most amazing traditions in Mexico is getting together on January 6 and sharing a delicious round, donut-shaped pastry with hidden plastic or ceramic (in the fancier versions) figurines of baby Jesus. Whoever gets it is obligated to buy tamales for everyone on the Day of the Candelaria, February 2.

16. And Joey would actually EAT baby Jesus to avoid buying everyone tamales

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He is a voracious eater, so he wouldn’t just eat most of the rosca, he would also swallow Jesus because he is cheap.

17. They would ALL complain about the traffic

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Mexico City’s traffic was recently classified as the worst in the world, so many episodes would start with characters being grumpy, sweaty and uncomfortable after spending hours sitting in a hot car.

18. Phoebe would also open a vegan taco stand

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Phoebe was ahead of her time. In the 1990s she was a weirdo, but today she would become a business mogul, particularly in trendy CDMX (Mexico City’s official name). She would open a taco stand and serve tacos al pastor made with jackfruit. Yum.

19. Joey, Chandler and Phoebe would be chairos 

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Mexico City is the epicenter of a social division that has deepened in Mexico between the upper-middle and upper classes and basically everyone else. After the election of the leftist AMLO as president (he starts his mandate on December 1), his supporters were called chairos. Given Joey, Chandler and Phoebe’s more modest origins, and their support for social and gender justice, they would likely belong to this camp.

20. Monica, Ross and Rachel would be fifís

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On the other hand, the other three are quite privileged, so chances are they would be sort of conservative and terrified of a left-leaning government. They would proudly be fifis, a term coined by AMLO.

21. They would all have maids, so Friends would have many more characters

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Social dynamics are different in Mexico and it is common for even middle-class households to hire a domestic worker. The characters in Friends would most likely have some hired help, giving the scriptwriters endless possibilities to discuss class issues and add a joke or two.

Selena Quintanilla Will Always Be La Reina And Her Memes Are Everything


Selena Quintanilla Will Always Be La Reina And Her Memes Are Everything

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It’s been almost 25 years since Selena Quintanilla was killed by Yolanda Saldívar and devastated her fans. Back in the 1980’s she was being refused booking for being a woman singing in the mostly male-dominated Tejano genre but she pushed through and is an icon to millions. With the new internet age, it was only a matter of time till we had Selena memes for every situation. Thankfully, that day is here.

1. Sheer surprise and horror.

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Seeing your teacher outside of school is one of the most shocking moments for kids. Like, why are they just here at the grocery store shopping? Don’t they live at the school? Are they going to give me a pop quiz in front of my mom?

2. There’s nothing more devastating than someone taking your food.

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Your parents always told you that you were so dramatic when this happened. It’s like they don’t understand that you have been waiting for this moment all day and now someone has taken away the one thing that brought you joy. Selena gets it. Selena gets you.

3. Some of the memes are a little…much.

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This is probably not a meme you want to throw around, but, tbh, me.

4. Some of the memes offer necessary and relevant relationship advice.

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Okay, so Selena really understands us. We are always hungry and when our boos ask what’s wrong, it is likely the only answer.

5. This whole adulting thing is too much for some people.

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She was such an icon, and so ahead of her time. You validate me, Selena. I want to be like you when I grow up.

6. Food > Everything

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I’m pretty sure I use this phrase about 10 times a week. I just don’t understand why more people don’t drown themselves in pizza. It is a gift from up above.

7. She had her own food appearance moment.

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Only the greats find a way to come back on food to show the world that they will not be forgotten.

8. How long until she is part of Disney royalty?

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She is one of the most loved and respected musical princesses of our generation. We want to see her face all over that Disney merch.

9. She is a trendsetter that everyone tries to overlook.

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Yeah. That’s right. Selena was the first celebrity to make having a butt something to be celebrated.

10. The feud that shouldn’t be.

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There is room for both of them to exist in your playlist. After all, Gomez was named after Selena because her mother was such a big fan. If anything, it’s a touching homage.

READ: 11 Reasons Why: What Makes Selena Special For Us Latinos

11. We will never get over her.

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It’s hard to imagine a world without Selena. We are living in one physically but we just can’t let her go from our hearts and minds.

12. Did we mention that she is great for relationship reactions?

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That was cute, boo. *wipes tear from my smizing eye* I needed that pick-me-up. Distribute this meme widely.

13. The movie is soul crushing after all these years.

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Every time. We hid our tears during high school Spanish class y, como viejos, we openly weep. 😩

14. Playing Yolanda Saldívar took courage for sure.

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That’s what you call a good job. She was able to play the woman who killed Selena and made us feel that.

15. Tips on how to talk to the negative people in your life.

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Modern slang is confusing and, honestly, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

16. “Mean Girls” quotes + Selena = My life.

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Yeah. It’s a hard rule, and it’s for every day of the week and we don’t care how many Kälteen bars you’ve eaten today.

17. She encourages us to be the sleuths we are meant to be.

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Every expression she makes –pensive, quizzical, sorpresa– is a work of art. So spot on.

18. She makes a better Waldo than Waldo.

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Carmen Sandiego is somewhere quaking at Selena’s multiple talents.

19. She has collabed with young Cardi B for some fun time.

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20. Why is she so wise in these memes? 💯

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We miss you, Selena, if you’re listening. We’ll never stop loving and memorializing you. ❤️

READ: 25 Crazy Facts About ‘Selena’ You Probably Didn’t Know (Including One About Brownface)

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