“Alternatino With Arturo Castro” Gun Violence Skit Is Exactly What You Need To See Right Now
Since the debut of “Alternatino with Arturo Castro” on Comedy Central, we’ve been hooked. We don’t have to explain to you how the lack of Latinx in Hollywood has made TV and film watching quite dull. So, when we found out that Castro from “Broad City” was developing his own skit comedy show based on his “experiences as a Latino millennial in the United States,” we could not wait.
Now that we’re a couple of months into the season we’re more in love with this show than we expected. Here’s briefly why: Castro touches on real-life struggles that we’re all currently experiencing but from our perspective. How revolutionary is that? Its sort of like “Seinfeld” meets “In Living Color” meets your whole Latino family.
On Tuesday night’s episode, “Alternatino with Arturo Castro” included a skit that was all about mass shootings in our country.
Castro, who is a writer on the show as well, said the skit was shot last year. CNN reports that the parody, titled “Welcome to America,” was intended to air last week but then the mass shooting in Gilroy, California happened, so they delayed it. He felt it would be too soon to make light about the topic since people were still mourning the people who died in Gilroy. Then two back-to-back shootings happened in a matter of hours, and Castro said his skit had to be seen because these shootings continue to happen.
“After a lot of soul-searching, I realized that it’s always going to be too soon as long as we keep allowing this to happen and don’t come together to make things change,” he said in a video posted to social media. “In no way am I trying to make light of it. And my voice is all I have, man. My art is all I have, and I have to use it to speak up for things that I care about.”
The sketch itself is about immigrant students who are taking a “cultural assimilation” class and learning about American customs.
The white teacher is telling the students that one thing they have to be prepared for is random shootings. Castro plays a student named Diego who’s from Central America. He can’t fathom why anyone in the U.S. would shoot anyone for no reason. He says in Central America people kill because they’re in drug cartels and are killing rival gang members.
The teacher tells Diego, “Okay, in this country, it’s more like a single student shoots other students. Diego asks her, “If he is not in a cartel, then where is he getting his guns?” She responds by saying, “You can get guns anywhere. It’s America. I can get you a gun.”
When Castro’s character realizes that in the U.S. people are shooting others just to kill and that they can happen anywhere like schools, churches, concerts, he tells his teacher he’s going to go back to Central America.
Diego says to his teacher, “It’s super dangerous, but they have rules I can understand.”
This sketch is hard-hitting on many levels. The rationale around mass shootings in the U.S. is terrifyingly hard to understand, which is why it makes no sense — especially for foreigners — that people are killing senselessly.
While discussing the skit during an interview on CNN, Castro said that when they shot they filmed the skit, they had “hoped the topic of mass shootings was never going to be relevant again.”
He also said that he isn’t trying to make the light of the situation, but he’s trying to show that mass shootings are difficult to understand. He went on to say that he understands gun violence first hand as he is an immigrant himself, but how can a nation of law be lawless when it comes to guns.
People on social media definitely have a lot of feelings about this skit.
“I thought the sketch was great!” one person said on Castro’s Instagram. “Thank God. I’m from El Paso, this weekend has been the worst, and it’s continuing, but this was funny. Thank you, I’m so elated that you have a show.” Another said, “I admire your decision…it will always be too soon. It’s more important that we keep talking and bringing about change.”
Watch the entire skit below.
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