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A Movie About The Creation Of Hot Cheetos Is Finally Happening And This Is How Eva Longoria Is Involved

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There is good news out of Hollywood that actress/producer Eva Longoria is set to direct a biopic about Richard Montañez, the janitor who invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The beloved spicy snack will get the big-screen treatment and a Latina will be behind the story. According to Deadline, the rights to direct the film were a hot commodity as Longoria reportedly beat out multiple directors for the role. She made quite the impression on DeVon Franklin, who will produce the anticipated film under his Franklin Entertainment label when she discussed her “authentic approach” on the touching story of Richard and Judy Montañez, his wife. 

So far there are limited details about the film, which will be titled “Flamin’ Hot.” This all the information about the upcoming project currently available and maybe all the information we really need to know.  

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Landing the role of the director is just another achievement for Longoria who has transitioned successfully from the front of the camera to behind it in recent years. “The Desperate Housewives” actress has had previous experience as she directed multiple episodes of Black-ish, The Mick, and Jane the Virgin. She also recently agreed to direct a Kerry Washington movie called “24/7.” 

Here are some of the reaction the film has received on social media that Longoria will be directing. It looks like some people don’t know it’s going to be a biopic not just a film about Hot Cheetos. 

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There has been a bit of confusion is some circles of social media who have questions about the film and what the plot will be about. Some on social media aren’t too sure about the project or don’t realize that it will be a biopic and not about the chips themselves.

“Before you joke about this, make sure you read the article and the synopsis of the film. It’s a biopic on the Latinx janitor turned inventor of Hot Cheetos, not an animated Chester Cheetah movie, and it sounds pretty amazing—and @EvaLongoria  is the right person to tell this tale” Jeff Yang tweeted in regards to criticism the announcement has received. 

Another person on Twitter talked about what the movie will mean in terms of having a Latina behind the camera getting to tell a story many may not be too familiar with. 

“Sad people I admire on Twitter have not taken time to research the facts of Richard Montañez’s story. This isn’t just a joke Cheetos movie. Diminishing the story is lowkey racist. @EvaLongoria and Lewis Colick are telling the kind of Latinx story that never seems to get made.”

The story behind Hot Cheetos is inspirational to many and is a tribute to a legend that has touched many in Latino pop culture.  

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The film will focus on Montañez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, who came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He incorporated the various spicy flavors of his Latin background and in return created one of the most recognizable and popular snacks for Frito-Lay and impacting the food industry as a whole. 

It didn’t start out easy for Montañez who struggled to learn English growing up and eventually dropped out. He would work various jobs until he landed a position as a janitor at Frito-Lay in 1976 at the young age of 18. Montañez quickly let his presence known at the company chatting with workers and getting to learn the products. But it wasn’t until the mid-1980s when the Frito-Lay’s CEO, Roger Enrico, told every employee to “act like an owner” in an effort to help create a new company culture. 

One day when Montañez was working alongside a fellow Frito-Lay salesman on their way to a liquor store in a Latino neighborhood, he made notice that the majority of the chips lacked flavor. He took some chips from the factory home and decided to add chile powder to them and would pitch the idea to the CEO. Enrico loved the chips instantly and the rest would be history. 

The “Hot Cheetos” film was announced by Fox Searchlight back in February 2018 but it took until this week to get any new update on the project. We can only speculate who will be cast or when the film will be released but for now, we can take comfort knowing a Latina will be at the helm. 

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The McDonalds Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina And Here’s How It Got Started

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The McDonalds Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina And Here’s How It Got Started

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Did you know that the first ever Happy Meal was created by a Latina? That’s right, in the mid-70s when Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño was operating various McDonalds in Guatemala, she invented what she dubbed the “Menu Ronald”. The “Menu Ronald”  was invented to help parents keep their kids satisfied when the family went out to eat. The original “Menu Ronald” included a hamburger, small fries and a small sundae. Naturally, word eventually got back to McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago they decided to adopt the practice as their own. They hired a white American man to develop the idea (and subsequently take credit for it) and voila! The Happy Meal was born.

It’s unfortunate that Fernández de Cofiño’s recognition has been lost to the American public, but it’s still inspiring to know that there were business-minded Latinx people in history whose achievements still impact our lives today. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve decided to celebrate the underrated Latina entrepreneur Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño for the marketing genius that she was. We’ve documented the evolution of Happy Meal toys from the idea’s inception and launch in the 1970s, to its continuing legacy today.

Take a look below for a nostalgic blast from the past!

1. 1979: The Very First Happy Meal

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Although the original concept of the Happy Meal was invented by Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño, the first official launch of the American Happy Meal happened in 1979. However, the gift wasn’t half as elaborate as it was now. According to records the toys were “a McDoodle stencil, a McWrist wallet, an ID bracelet, a puzzle lock, a spinning top or a McDonaldland character-shaped eraser”.

2. 1984: Ronald and The Gang

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McDonalds Happy Meal toys evolved from spinning tops and erasers to more complex toys. Like, the above “Ronald and the Gang” wind-up cars that were defitenly a step-up from McDonald’s earlier toys. They weren’t as sophisticated as the toys would eventually get, though.

3. 1987: Mc-Transformers

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The Transformers/McDonalds mashup was innovative in its day because it was blending the IP of two successful brands. Instead of McDonald’s using its Happy Meal to market other products, it was using its Happy Meal to market other products that were marketing McDonalds. It was a win-win situation.

4. 1988: McNuggets Buddies

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In 1988, McDonalds hadn’t yet started to do marketing tie-ins with kids’ movies. Instead, they had prizes like “McNuggets Buddies”, which were chicken nuggets dressed in various outfits and costumes. This lasted until the mid-90s.

5. 1994: Sonic the Hedgehog

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By the mid-90s, the powers-that-be recognized that there was a lucrative market to tap by using Happy Meals to advertise kid-oriented products directly to kids. It was around this time that the entertainment industry really began to see the potential for promoting movies and TV shows through fast-food chains. And if you look at the advertisement above, the Happy Meal only cost $1.99. Those were the days!

6. 1996: 101 Dalmatians

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Never the one to pass up an opportunity to advertise, Disney quickly hopped on board the McDonalds train as a means to promote their movies. One of the first Disney x Mcdonald’s ventures were the release of literally one-hundred-and-one collectible dalmatian figurines through their Happy Meals.

7. 1997: “Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection”

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Off the success of their 101 Dalmatians toys, Disney and McDonalds continued their partnership by releasing tiny VHS boxes equipped with a a little toy character from the movie. People really began to see collecting fast food toys as a hobby around this time.

8. Mid-90s: “Teenie Babies”

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Even McDonalds wasn’t immune to the Beanie Baby craze that swept the nation in the mid-90s. Convinced that they would one day be worth thousands, collectors flocked to the Golden Arches to get their hands on miniature versions of the popular plush toys. Unfortunately, most of the “Teenie Baby” toys aren’t worth anything these days.

9. 1997-Now: Barbies

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In 1997, McDonald’s started a lucrative partnership with the Barbie line of toys that would last until today. What young girl doesn’t have memories of getting this in their Happy Meal box (whether they liked it or not) while their brother got a Hot Wheels car? It’s safe to say the ’90s weren’t progressive, gender-wise.

10. 2004: Hello Kitty Keychains

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Into the 2000s, McDonald’s took advantage of the Hello Kitty trend by offering plush Hello Kitty key chains in their Happy Meals.

11. 2015: Minion Fever

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Do you remember the time when you couldn’t escape “Despicable Me” minion merchandising, no matter where you went? Well, that included McDonalds. Nowhere was safe.

This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

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This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

While the Internet might call it “Ghey Corn,” this rainbow-colored corn variety is officially dubbed Glass Gem corn. Not only are there a rainbow of colorful kernels, but they’re also shiny, prompting the ‘Glass’ description. The person responsible for our new favorite, gay-friendly corn is a man by the name of Carl Barnes, who passed in 2016. Barnes enjoyed his life in Oklahoma and cultivated his own personal seed bank passed down from his Cherokee ancestors. Barnes chose to save and replant the seeds from the cobs with the most color, and eventually developed strains of vibrant corn.

One day, Barnes decided to move and asked his friend, Greg Schoen, to protect the seeds. Schoen grew a small handful of the seeds and was shocked when he peeled back the corn stalk to reveal rows and rows of shiny, rainbow-colored corn. Schoen was so excited, he posted the image to his Facebook, and it promptly went viral. Soon, the two cultivated enough seeds to sell online, and people around the country have grown gorgeous varieties.

Green thumbs around the world bought satchels of the precious seed and the following season, were “blown away.”

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While Schoen may have initiated the first viral sensation over Glass Gem corn in 2012, Ameet Pinto’s viral post has become Mother Nature’s best queer bait yet. With over 7k likes, “I STAN GAY CORN” is the most liked comment. Then, “Taste the rainbow.” 

Some people literally cannot believe this is corn, accusing Pinto of creating a jelly bean cob.

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“Those are just jellybeans ur not foolin me!!!!!” commented one unbeliever. Someone else seems to think that a profitable venture would be to sell the kernels as jelly beans as a scam. Still, others are bringing the negativity to this rainbow party, assuming that because the cob looks different from the mono-crop, that it must be a GMO frankencorn. “Glad to see people trying to live in Chernobyl,” tweets one disbelieving Shane. 

Glass Gem corn is not a GMO crop.

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In fact, this variety likely healthier than the corn you might buy at a store, which may have been genetically modified rather than artificially selected. Barnes artificially selected the prettiest corn from his crop and decided to grow from those seeds the following year.

When folks hear the story of Carl Barnes, it just adds a whole new depth to the color.

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“Fun fact about these is that they were discovered by a dude who was half-Cherokee and he started growing a sh**load of different corn types to reconnect with his heritage,” tweeted one person. As Barnes was artificially selecting which corn kernels he’d store as seeds for the next year, he grew closer with his Cherokee heritage.

For those of you expecting rainbow colored popcorn, don’t.

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All that’s left of the kernel when you pop the corn is usually that brown kernel skin that gets stuck in your teeth. In the case of Glass Gem corn, you can sort of make out the varying colors of popped kernels, but the popcorn itself is the same color as regular Joe Schmoe popcorn.

The Glass Gem corn isn’t that sweet.

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According to Pinto, the corn isn’t sweet like yellow corn, so it doesn’t make for good fresh esquites or elotes. All popcorn comes from different varieties of corn that you have to dehydrate to turn into cornmeal or popcorn. “We’ll be eating some colorful popcorn this winter,” Ameet tweeted.

There’s even a Facebook group for Glass Gem growers to share their growing tips and cooking tips.

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In case you were wondering, the Facebook group “Glass Gem Corn” says you can prepare creamy Glass Gem polenta by following these instructions: “Pour into a shallow pan to cool. Cut into squares and lightly brown in a sauté pan.” We don’t know how you do it but keep on making gay polenta, please.

All in all, the Internet is pretty a-maize-d by the gay corn.

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“Corn says lgbtq rights,” tweeted one stan. We’re with them. This is one of those moments that we’re allowed to be in wonder over how indigenous folks cultivate the land.

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