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Guacardo: An Icon, A Legend. Here’s The Story Behind The Internet’s Most Viral Avocado

You’ve probably seen a full-figured avocado with eyes pop up in random places, but might not be sure who he is. Guacardo is our favorite muñeco lindo from mitú and has garnered millions of fans for his eccentric personality, and, let’s be honest, that unforgettable booty. Guacardo has become part of families everywhere and has even gotten on a first-name basis with the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Eva Longoria, and Jake Gyllenhal. Guacardo is an undoubted internet sensation, and some of you have asked: What’s Guacardo’s story? It’s high time we got personal and shared the one and only Guacardo’s story.

some of you have asked: What’s Guacardo’s story? It’s high time we got personal and shared the one and only Guacardo’s story.

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Guacardo was born on April 6, 2017, when he set sail on the Titanic.

Mitú animator, Danna Galeano, was creating characters for mitú’s Snapchat every day. “I created Guacardo because I wanted to create a character any Latino would be able to relate to,” she said. At the time, Danna remembers she wasn’t always able “to connect with [my team members] and my animations back then,” because she was the only Colombian in the Los Angeles-based, and mostly Mexican, team. She wanted to create a character that belonged to every Latino. But Guacardo grew even larger than Danna could have dreamed. “When Guacardo came to life,” she recalled, “I got a lot of comments not just from the Latino community but from everywhere (India, Japan, Spain…) because everybody loves avocados.” 

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After his debut, people were eating up Guacardo, and begging for more screen time.

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“I started getting a lot of fan messages, cakes, drawings, and costumes. I couldn’t believe this character was so loved by the community,” Galeano said. At the time, Guacardo had no name. He was just known as the “little dancing avocado” on mitú’s Snap stories. Still, people were making fan pages for the nameless avocado, and saving images and gifs of him to their phone. “I heavily identify with the dancing avocado at the end of mitú’s Snap stories,” tweeted one fan. “Why does the little dancing avocado on mitú crack me up every time I see it…” tweeted another fan. 

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Fun fact: Guacardo was named by his fans.

The mystery of Guacardo’s appeal has never been solved. It soon became clear that the “dancing avocado” needed a name. So, six months later, mitú asked fans to name him. A range of options were whittled down to four, including Guacardina. The people spoke and six months after his Internet birth, the little dancing avocado became Guacardo. Of course, Guacardo started his own Instagram page, and he has become part of countless family traditions since then. 

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One Marine who was feeling isolated from her family told us that Guacardo’s Snap stories became part of their family’s tradition. “We have this little competition to see who can post Guacardo first each day, and it just helps that much more to make the distance feel shorter,” she said. Someone else let us know that they have “an album full of your videos and pictures on [her] phone.” Of all Guacardo’s faces, they said, “that face you make when you show your teeth – that’s my fave!”

A year after his Internet birth, Guacardo came to life in plushie form and made it big time in Hollywood.

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And who wouldn’t want a chance to meet this little dude? “Guacardo is a hopeless romantic who loves dancing and eating,” his creator Galeano said. Jake Gyllenhaal was too stoked to meet the plushie version of his twin, Guacardo, his impersonation becoming an instant viral meme. Guacardo has met dozens of celebrities, and as exclusive as his company might feel, Guacardo is of the people, for the people, through and through.

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The people asked for more Guacardo, and Guacardo delivered.

You can get your own Guacardo plushie here. Plus, Guacardo is as dynamic as you and me. Sometimes, he needs a “This body was built on arroz&frijoles” camiseta, and other times he knows he’s about those “healthy fats”. Either way, Guacardo is the role model of body positivity. 

May the Earth be overtaken by Guacardos.

May your legs be warmed by the embrace of Guacardo joggers. If Guacardo is ever smashed onto a piece of toast, may it bring you joy. May you never feel alone with Bidi Bidi Guac Guac by your side. We’re team Guacardo for life. How has Guacardo changed your life?

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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