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These Latinos Are Helping To Make The 2019 Super Bowl The Greatest Possible For Latino Fans

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The countdown to the 2019 Super Bowl is on. With just a couple days away until the championship, we wanted to recognize the Latinos in front and behind the scenes who are helping to bring the spirit and action of the Super Bowl to millions of NFL fans around the world.

Alfonso Garcia

When the Los Angeles Rams take the field at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Alfonso Garcia will be in the stands cheering them on with his son. Garcia was gifted tickets to the big game, flights and hotel accommodations by Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks in appreciation for Garcia’s work maintaining the Cal Lutheran field where the team holds its practices.

Catherine Gonzalez Pack

During football season, Catherine Gonzalez Pack is busy calling the shots to bring the NFL Sunday Ticket viewing experience to NFL fans. Gonzalez Pack is the assistant vice president of video operations at AT&T’s Los Angeles Broadcast Center. NFL fans who have the DIRECTV package will be able to catch the game on any device thanks to Gonzalez Pack’s team.

Rodolfo Landeros

When Latinos who want to see the 2019 Super Bowl in Spanish turn on the TV to Fox Deportes, Mexican native Rodolfo Landeros will be one of the faces. He will be giving fans a play-by-play of the action. Landeros has been giving fans an inside look into Super Bowl LIII with his Instagram Stories straight from the ATL.

Gevrina Catalina

Reporting on the biggest moments of an NFL team is no easy feat, but LA Rams reporter Gevrina Catalina handles it in two languages. Fans of the carneros can catch her in videos from the Super Bowl media area on the team’s Vamos Rams website section.

Patriots Nation Monterrey

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When kickoff starts on Sunday, the New England Patriots will be cheered on by die-hard Pats fans across fan clubs in Mexico, including Monterey, Chihuahua, Toluca, Saltillo, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Mexicali. If you’re in Mexico and want to catch the game with these fan clubs, check out the full list.

SoCal Rams Booster Club

Supporting a team in good times and bad is the sign of a true fan. However, supporting your team when they aren’t even in the same city? That’s the hallmark of a mega fan. The SoCal Rams Booster Club was started in 2004, years before the Los Angeles Rams changed from St. Louis to their home in the city of Angels. President Ralph Valdez wanted a family atmosphere where Rams fan could enjoy the games with their kids and familia just like he and many of his supporters had done generations before when the Rams would originally play at the Los Angeles Sports Coliseum.

You can be sure many of the SoCal Rams Booster Club will be in attendance in Atlanta to yell, “Whose house? Rams House!” in the stands.

Joe ‘Silver Fox’ Ramirez

Joe ‘Silver Fox’ Ramirez has been an ardent supporter of the Los Angeles Rams since 1968. The Rams are the first NFL team he ever heard of, he told Vice Sports.

He has been collecting Rams memorabilia for decades and is instantly recognizable thanks to his ram horned-construction hat, which he designed himself.

Ramirez never wavered in his support of his LA Rams, attending games in San Diego or Phoenix when the Rams moved out of town. He eventually became an advisory council member for the SoCal Rams Booster Club.

“I would promote the Rams as my team and share my certainty that one day they would return to Los Angeles,” Ramirez told Vice Sports.

Now he is bringing the blue and gold spirit to the Super Bowl! Follow this OG fan on his official fan Facebook Page.

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For those who are watching the Super Bowl only for the commercials, Maluma baby will be one of the celeb faces endorsing a product on Super Bowl Sunday. Beer brand Michelob ULTRA tapped the Colombian singer to be himself—Juan Luis to be exact— in his first Super Bowl ad while enjoying an ice cold beer with friends in the TV spot. Although he isn’t performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the singer told Forbes this commercial might help him be one step closer to that goal.

“This is such a huge dream for me and it would be a dream come true for the Latino community,” he told Forbes. “With the way things are going, seeing a Latino perform during the halftime show isn’t an impossibility anymore. It’s going to happen and I hope that this commercial is helping me get closer to that prize.

Raúl Allegre

ESPN Deportes ramped up its Super Bowl coverage with a whole team of TV commentators, analysts, sideline reporters, and multimedia reporters. One of the analysts who will be live from Atlanta is Mexican-born former NFL player, Raúl Allegre. Allegre played for four different teams during his tenure in the NFL, including the Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, and New York Jets. He knows plenty about the game and will be giving fans in-depth analysis between the Rams and the Patriots.


READ: Non-Basic Latino Super Bowl Snacks

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Bad Bunny Tweets In Defense Of LGBTQ Community In Response To Don Omar's Homophobic Tweet

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Bad Bunny Tweets In Defense Of LGBTQ Community In Response To Don Omar’s Homophobic Tweet

There have long been conversations about the rampant homophobia portrayed in reggaeton and Latin trap. Artists like Bad Bunny are changing that narrative by embracing the gender spectrum and giving queer Latin trap fans a place to enjoy the music without the derogatory undertones. However, recent events show that the genre and the main players of the reggaeton world still have a long way to go. Here’s a little bit about the last few weeks in reggaeton and how the conversations about homophobia in the genre have been reenergized.

We can’t start this story without acknowledging Kevin Fret and his death.

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He billed himself as Puerto Rico’s first openly gay Latin trap singer and was publicly harassed with homophobic slurs and verses by trapero Anuel AA, which has since been removed from the internet. On Jan. 10, Fret was shot and killed while riding his motorcycle at 5:30 a.m. There is no connection that his death was due to his sexuality but his death does mark the 22nd homicide in Puerto Rico in 2019.

A couple weeks later, a story broke of Ozuna being extorted because of an explicit video.

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According to multiple reports, Ozuna was recorded when he was 16 years old participating in sexual activities with other men. Multiple media outlets in Puerto Rico allege that Kevin Fret was behind the extortion attempts but it has not been confirmed.

This breaking story prompted reggaeton sensation Don Omar to drop some homophobic slurs.

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Pato (duck) is a common gay slur used in Spanish. Many were disappointed that Don Omar would use the death of one singer and the alleged extortion of another to post a homophobic tweet. Disappointed, but not surprised. People were quick to step in and call out Don Omar for the tweet made in poor taste.

San Juan’s Mayor immediately stepped in to school Don Omar.

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It’s pretty clear that Puerto Rico’s political leaders will defend the LGBTQ community against anyone’s slurs, no matter their status. Let’s also remember that this video was illegal in the first place. Ozuna is a victim.

The tweet caused serious backlash as LGBTQ people and allies raised their voices.

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Some fans are asking if Don Omar was simply stating his opinions about carne, but most of the internet sees the timing, and tied Instagram videos, as damning evidence of homophobia.

Even Bad Bunny came through to call it all a crazy shame.

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While Bad Bunny is right to be shocked about homophobic slurs at this time in our lives, we’re not surprised. Reggaeton and Latin trap music are rife with examples of homophobic lyrics and imagery.

The LGBTQ community busted out to stan Bad Bunny.

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While most of us grew up with our mami’s and their comadres gossiping about whether or not Ricky Martin was gay, Bad Bunny is one of the first breakout artists to really stand strong supporting the gender fluid and LGBTQ community.

Bad Bunny has truly come out as the shining star of all this chisme.

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We don’t know the full story about who was targeting Ozuna for extortion, or if Don Omar cares about how he’s affected the LGBTQ community. We do know that Bad Bunny is making waves by being a male trap artist who is defending and uplifiting the LGBTQ community.

The release of his music video for “Caro” couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

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The entire video functions as an argument for gender fluidity. The lyrics themselves are all about living that rico lifestyle and minding your own business.

He stayed true to his roots.

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Bad Bunny is known for loving his nail polish, and when we see him getting the star treatment, we zoom in to see this. Not only is he breaking down the stigma around being gender fluid or part of the LGBTQ community, he is also staying true to his roots.

We get to see his female alter-ego make decisions about her gender presentation.

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Once the video pans out, we see 19-year-old model Jazmyne Joy (who has publicly recreated Bad Bunny’s looks on Instagram). For those who are gender non-conforming, this scene in the closet is a beautiful insight to one of the most intimate times of the day.

We see her walk out of a pink house in completely androgynous attire.

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The imagery is something to be admired. What is Bad Bunny trying to say? Perhaps he is showing that despite when the world might see or what the world wants you to be, you can always walk out of the house and be who you want to be.

Throughout the video, we watch people of all shapes, sizes, genders, and abilities take the catwalk in style.

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We see trans models, pregnant models, models with Down Syndrome, all taking the catwalk and looking fabulous. I’m not crying, you’re crying. 😭 😭 😭

Then he is surrounded by people running past and showing the beauty of all human forms.

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Does it seem like the sun shines out his sacral chakra for all genders? This video is a work of art that everyone needs to see and experience.

We even see Bad Bunny getting kisses on the cheek from both a man and a woman.

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This is what true masculinity and BDE looks like, folks. He is comfortable with himself and where he is in the world.

Regardless, “Caro” just became the template for the best gender-bending music video of the year.

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As far as we all know, both these people look fly in the same outfit. It’s pretty clear that Bad Bunny’s statement here is to just love yourself, exactly as you are.

Most importantly, young queer kids who look up to him will open their hearts to more gente that look like him.

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Even more importantly, young queer Latinx kids will have someone in the spotlight that they can relate with; that they can dream to aspire to. We all have a place in this world and Bad Bunny is making sure of that.

He’s breaking gender barriers in bigger and louder ways, every day.

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It’s true that it really doesn’t matter what anyone’s sexuality or gender identity is. He just challenged gender norms in Latino society and his fans are here for it. He might have even picked up some new fans with his strong stance.

Basically, he just did that. ⬇️

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The older generation may not be here for Bad Bunny’s music and may never be exposed to the pioneering work that he’s accomplishing for the rest of us. We all, hopefully, have those machismo cousins that might sway un poquito towards a more open “mind and spirit” to appreciate all diversity.


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