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Fans Of ‘Mexican Dynasties’ Can’t Stop Talking About Raquel Calling A Child Ugly To His Face

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Bravo is at it again with a new reality show that people can’t stop talking about. “Mexican Dynasties” is only two episodes in and people can’t get enough of the personalities who are making the show everything people want to watch. Some people just can’t get enough of the show and the cast of characters while others just can’t get over the casting of those representing Mexico. Here’s a quick glimpse into what people have to say about the show.

“Mexican Dynasties” is the newest reality show to hit the Bravo airwaves.

If you think it feels a lit like Netflix’s failed attempt at a Mexican reality show, you’re right. Bravo’s “Mexican Dynasties” is giving viewers a chance to check out the lives of some of Mexico’s rich and famous. It has all of the drama, over-inflated egos, and WTF moments people have come to expect from Bravo’s long list of over-the-top reality shows.

The latest moment on everyone’s lips is that of Raquel Bessudo calling a child ugly.

Bessudo was joining brother and sister Oscar and Paulina Madrazo for some food and games. Oscar already had a bone to pick with Bessudo because she kept saying that Oscar’s children, which were born via a surrogate, were adopted because he is gay. Even though they managed to patch that moment up between the two of them, Bessudo happened to put her foot back in her mouth.

While Bessudo was meeting Oscar’s children again, Paulina’s son, Nicolás, also came out to the dining room to meet Bessudo. Upon seeing the child, Bessudo said, “¿Es el feo, verdad?” (“He’s the ugly one, right?”) The comment obviously impacted Nicolás who went to a room and began to cry because she called him ugly.

Latino viewers immediately came to Bessudo’s defense.

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Many of us in the Latino community have grown up hearing certain words used in loving ways. For example, some times your parents or grandparents calling you gordito or gordita was done with love and not any mal-intent. Clearly, that is a generational thing since many of younger Latinos don’t typically use these terms for their loved ones.

Yet, some viewers are making Bessudo an enemy because of how she made the child feel.

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Obviously, you shouldn’t be calling children ugly. The real surprise was how the rest of the people in the room just let it slide by without a so much as a shrug. It has a feeling of colorism because Bessudo couldn’t stop doting over Oscar’s fair-skinned and light-haired children. Paulina’s son, “the ugly one” has noticeably darker skin and hair.

This underlying sentiment is exacerbated because of the hostility white Mexicans have shown to “Roma” star Yalitza Aparicio. The disparaging comments made about Aparicio since the release of “Roma” has ignited a discussion about colorism in Mexico placing indigenous people at the forefront of the conversation.

Oscar tried to comfort Nicolás by letting him know that Bessudo didn’t mean that he was actually ugly.

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“I love kids and kids love me,” Bessudo told the camera in her confessional.

Oscar then leads the kids to their room and that’s when Nicolás breaks down crying.

Nicolás: “She said that I’m ugly!”

Oscar: “What?”

Nicolás: “When I said hi to her, she said, ‘You are the ugly one.'”

Oscar: “Wait, wait, wait. How did she say it?”

Nicolás: “She said, ‘Oh, you’re the ugly one’ right when I walked by her.”

Oscar: “Nico, that’s a way of saying you’re so beautiful, you know? ‘Ay, ya llego el feo. Oh, here’s the ugly one. Oh, you’re the ugly one.’ Meaning that all of you are stunning and beautiful.”

Nicolás: “Why would she say that?”

Oscar: “Trust me. She didn’t say it in a bad way.”

When asked by the producers why she called Nicolás ugly, her response left some viewers stunned.

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She straight up acted like she didn’t know who she called ugly.

Producer: “Why did you call Nico ‘the ugly one?'”

Bessudo: “Who is Nico?”

Aside from that moment, people are torn about the representation of the show.

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Much like the criticism lodged against Netflix’s “Made In Mexico,” people are disappointed at the lack of color represented in the show. The main cast is predominately white Mexicans with blond hair and fair skin and many think it is giving a whitewashed representation of the country.

It is turning some viewers off from the start of the show.

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Others have made the argument that people of all different skin tones call Mexico home. That is true but people are exhausted with the perpetuating narrative that darker skinned Latinos are always the help.

The clear winners of “Mexican Dynasties” are the housekeepers who keep things real.

They are not holding back with their commentary during the show. They are literally saying everything that everyone watching the show is already thinking. They make the show so much more bearable for everyone watching.

What do you think about “Mexican Dynasties”? Are you watching the show or are you just checking Twitter for all the chisme about the cast?

READ: Here Are Some Reality Stars Who Are A Better Follow Than Kim Kardashian

Some People Are Blaming The Actions Of The Women At Mexico City’s March For The Attack On A Reporter

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Some People Are Blaming The Actions Of The Women At Mexico City’s March For The Attack On A Reporter

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Hundreds of women in Mexico took to the streets to demand justice after two teenage girls reported being raped by police officers. The protests filled Mexico City and women were not going to silent as they demanded justice. One reporter covering the protest was attacked on camera and the blame game is in full force as people try to find out who started it.

ADN40 reporter Juan Manuel Jiménez was covering the anti-rape protest in Mexico City when he was attacked by a random man.

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The video shows Jiménez reporting from the protest as protest participants threw glitter and other items at the reporter. The entire time, Jiménez mentioned that the women were angry at the injustice women face against Mexican police. When he mentioned going to another location to continue his reporting, that’s when a man walked behind in and sucker-punched him.

The man had spent time standing next to the reporter and was caught on camera, despite him trying to hide his face later.

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“This idiot el the coward,” tweeted @v_altamirano. “@juanmapregunta I hope they find him @SSP_CDMA @PGFJD_CDMX have his FIRST and LAST name.”

The man was seen standing near the reporter for some time as Jiménez was talking to the camera. Then, he retreated into the crowd and started talking to two people that were marching. After speaking with the two people, the attacker made his way back to the reporter and attacked him from behind.

The footage has angered people who are tired of the violence in Mexico and see the attack as lessening the protest.

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“I am a mother, sister, and daughter and I do not approve this display, NO TO VIOLENCE,” tweeted @dianamoon0506. “The women started the violence. We will never advance humanity like this. All of my support to @juanmapregunta.”

Some women said the feminists marching defended the reporter and that it was a random man who attacked Jiménez.

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After Jiménez was knocked to the ground, the video shows women cornering the attacker and attempting to detain the man. The man pushed the women off and ran into the crowd to get away from those pursuing him.

A lot of people are blaming the women who first started to attack Jiménez for creating the atmosphere.

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“They didn’t defend anyone, those who did ‘attack’ the aggressor and scream ‘it was him’ because they knew that this kind of thing damages their image and they want to distance themselves from blame,” tweeted @Omar_ca_P. “They too attacked the reporter, not with punches but they attacked.”

Another video posted showed some of the protesters stopping to care for Jiménez after he was knocked to the ground.

The people caring for Jiménez helped him wake up and are shown in the video caring for him. This all happened after he was knocked to the ground and the attacker ran away.

You can watch the full video below.

What do you think about the attack and the blame game happening with the march?

READ: Hundreds Protest After Teen Girls Accuse Mexico City Police of Rape

Puerto Vallarta Has Long Been An LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destination And Here’s Why

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Puerto Vallarta Has Long Been An LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destination And Here’s Why

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Puerto Vallarta is one of the favorite Mexican tourist destinations of the LGBT community. There are hotels, bars, nightclubs, beaches, and even drinks specifically for LGBT travelers, and due to the safety and welcoming environment for these guests, it is the first city in Mexico to receive the Gay Travel Approved distinction by GayTravel.com.

But why PV? What made Vallarta Mexico’s top gay destination?

Let’s start back at the beginning.

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In the south of Puerto Vallarta you will find the “Old Town,” also called “The Romantic Zone,” the tourist area favored by expats and foreigners who want to soak up local traditions. The Old Puerto Vallarta is also considered the gay neighborhood since 1980, when the gay community and retired Canadians and Americans bought land and properties in order to create gay-friendly businesses. Today there’s a wide variety of attractions with this focus, including bars, restaurants, stores, nightclubs, and both budget and boutique hotels.

In this zone is nestled the popular beach Playa de los Muertos, which, although not exclusively gay, for the last 20 years has been known as a gay-friendly beach (also called Blue Chairs, because of the many blue chairs placed by a gay resort which bears the same name), mainly in the high season, from November to March.

Why is this pristine beach the LBGT meeting point? Because the gay-friendly beachfront hotels in the area causes—and guarantees—a concentration of LGBT tourists, bringing a multicultural ambience where members of this community will be respected without discrimination. In the morning they can socialize and enjoy the party atmosphere, and in the afternoon walk holding hands under the dazzling sunset, in a romantic atmosphere free of hostility. Such is the high demand for LGBT-friendly vacation spots that the area has been extended to include the green chairs and as far as the north coast, in the elegant Oceano Sapphire Beach Club, owned by gays.

But it’s about more than just the beach.

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Unlike certain countries, laws against homosexuality never existed in Mexico. There is, however, a strong macho culture and religious influence which disapproves it—nonetheless the locals show respect. Under these circumstances, the growing community has led LGBT organizations to work to promote a change of culture in the pursuit of equality. Their work has gotten results: they have achieved recognition of gay rights, and implemented laws against the provocation and incitement of hate or violence against LGBTs, and also to guarantee equality in employment and public accomodation and services. Even more, in 2013 Puerto Vallarta legalized civil union between LGBT couples, followed by same-sex marriage in 2016.

This city organized its first Gay Pride March, and has hosted the Pink & Proud Women’s Party—the equivalent lesbian celebration—for the last four years, with assistance from the local Canadian and American communities. The multiple events in support of the LGBT community have marked out Puerto Vallarta as the “Mexican San Francisco.”

Now, there’s a giant and flourishing LGBTQ tourism industry that welcomes people from around the world.

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For the last 10 years, the number of LGBT visitors has increased in Puerto Vallarta and Jalisco, and in order to meet demand, the number of LGBT-friendly resorts and touristic attractions has also increased. Now three of every 10 hotels in Puerto Vallarta are LGBT-friendly, and most also offer weddings and other symbolic ceremonies.

Bars, nightclubs and other amenities are already focused on this market, and there are also tours—like the Gay VIP Bars Tour—and even drinks—like the Gay Tequila and the Gay Energy Drink—to make these guests feel extra welcome. As a result, Puerto Vallarta now hosts International LGBT Business Expos, with important conferences and events, including fashions shows, beach parties and music festivals to celebrate this booming market.

Puerto Vallarta remains the gateway to Mexico for many LGBTQ travelers.

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Some other cities have recognized the demand, and are now attempting to attract LGBT tourism to their destinations. Puerto Vallarta is not letting it happen: diverse businesses—no matter the sexual preference—are joining forces to create organizations to promote this targeted brand of tourism. The market gives consumers what they want, and they have identified this growing target and will not let it go.

Beyond the marketing, Puerto Vallarta became a platform to support gay rights, and the LGBT community knows it and feels welcome here. What really keeps the LGBT community hitting Puerto Vallarta is the activism, respect, and freedom they find in this beautiful paradise.

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