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

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?

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El Mencho’s Cartel Killed 14 Mexican Police Officers In An Ambush Against President Lopez Obrador

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El Mencho’s Cartel Killed 14 Mexican Police Officers In An Ambush Against President Lopez Obrador

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Minutes after Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador told reporters that his new approach to curb cartel violence is working, Mexico’s fast-growing threat, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), killed 14 police officers and set their cars on fire during a deadly ambush. The police convoy was passing through El Aguaje, a small town in the state of Michoacan, to serve a warrant when 20 armed vehicles ambushed the officers. Fourteen officers were declared dead and another nine were injured.

“You can’t fight fire with fire. You can’t fight violence with violence … you have to fight evil by doing good.” Obrador said at a news conference on Monday morning. While Obrador, a year into his term, continued to speak about how his new policy is affecting change, police officers were calling for backup. “I’m dying,” one officer barely blurted on his radio, according to audio recordings of police scanners at the time.

As first responders arrived on the scene, they found handwritten messages, signed “CJNG.”

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Families of the victims are angry that their loved ones weren’t more heavily armed to defend themselves against the thirty gunmen who attacked the police convoy from behind. One day after the attack, a memorial service became a town hall of sorts. Grieving family members shouted at Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles, “Like sheep to the slaughter!” 

Five families refused to allow the coffins of their loved ones to be present in the company of those they feel were responsible for the deaths: the officials who didn’t adequately arm the police to defend themselves. 

Obrador’s strategy to end cartel violence is two-fold: end corruption and provide resources to poverty-stricken regions.

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“We are going to continue with our strategy,” López Obrador later said. “For us it is very important for there to be well-being, that peace with justice can be achieved … and also avoiding that authorities mix with crime.” Experts think Obrador’s strategy is smart for long-term success in stabilizing Mexico. Still, in the short-term, murders have only increased in Mexico. Last year, a record number of 29,000 murders were recorded, and 2019 may just break that record.

Falko Ernst, a Mexican analyst for the International Crisis Group, says Michoacán will continue to be “deep narco-war territory” until the state develops a strategy to de-signify the land.

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In a Twitter thread, Ernst recalled the decades-long history of cartel conflict in a small, rural village called El Aguaje. It “sits on a key overland road connecting the Hot Land region with the Sierra Madre, and was once a stronghold of the Milenio Cartel, big-time coke runners in the ’90s/early 2000s,” Ernst tweeted. At the time, a young Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, who would later become “El Mencho” and the boss of CJNG, was a member of the Milenio cartel. 

Ernst was there in 2011 when Milenio drug lords were dragged out of their mansions and executed. “La Familia” then took over the town, until it split into two conflicting gangs. That’s when El Mencho broke away to form the Jalisco (or CJNG) cartel.

Now, El Mencho, personally ousted by La Familia, is warring for their territory, leaving civilians in the crossfire.

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El Mencho lived in the U.S. at one point, without papers, and served three years in prison for selling drugs stateside. As soon as he was released in 1997, he was deported to Mexico, where he went on to serve on the Jalisco state police force. For some reason, he left the force to join the Milenio cartel. El Mencho was born just a few miles away from El Aguaje. Now, he’s leading CJNG to reclaim what they think belongs to them–la puebla del Aguaje. 

The DEA has dubbed El Mencho one of their “most wanted,” and has offered a $10 million bounty for his arrest.

“El Chapo was violent, but El Mencho has taken it to a new level,” the lead DEA agent told Univision.

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“Decapitations, dissolving bodies in acid, public executions, ripping out the heart, killing women and children, bombings against people. It happens almost every day,” DEA agent Kyle Mori told Univision. “El Chapo was violent, but El Mencho has taken it to a new level.” 

In August, CJNG hung nine bodies from a bridge in Uruapan, Michoacán, and hung up a large banner that read, “Lovely people. Carry on with your day.” Ten other bodies were dumped on the road nearby.

READ: Mexico Is Reeling After A Massive Gun Battle Over The Capture Of El Chapo’s Son

Mexicans Are Questioning Their Government’s Decision To Release El Chapo’s Son After A Massive Gun Battle

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Mexicans Are Questioning Their Government’s Decision To Release El Chapo’s Son After A Massive Gun Battle

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An operation to capture one of Mexico’s most powerful drug lords failed disastrously Thursday as several Mexican security officers were held hostage by heavily armed cartel fighters who laid siege to the northern Mexican city of Culiacan.

Authorities had sought to detain Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel and the son of notorious drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. But after briefly capturing their target, security forces ultimately retreated without him, a move Mexico’s leaders defended as necessary to save lives.

Police had attempted to capture one of El Chapo’s sons but a massive gun battle took place across the capital of Sinaloa – Culiacán.

When authorities arrived at the home in an upscale Culiacan neighborhood where Guzman was staying, they were fired upon, Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said at a news conference. Authorities returned fire, took control of the house and found four occupants inside, including 28-year-old Guzman, he said.

But soon, Guzman’s defenders arrived and “surrounded the house with a greater force,” Durazo said. It was then, apparently, that cartel gunman took several soldiers or National Guard members hostage.

Videos published on social media showed a scene resembling a war zone, with gunmen, some wearing black ski masks over their faces, riding in the back of trucks firing mounted machine guns as vehicles burned. People could be seen running for cover as machine gun fire rattled around them. Drivers drove in reverse frantically to get away from the clashes.

“With the goal of safeguarding the well-being and tranquillity of Culiacan society, officials in the security Cabinet decided to suspend the actions,” Durazo said.

The cartel’s victory in subduing authorities was a stunning humiliation for the Mexican government, which has struggled to quell growing violence across the country.

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On Friday, security officials gave more details about exactly how Mexican authorities found themselves so overpowered.

Secretary of Defense Luis Cresencio Sandoval said at a news conference in Culiacan that members of the army and the newly formed National Guard were seeking to execute an extradition arrest warrant for Guzman that was issued by a federal judge in the United States.

The security forces decided to try to capture Guzman without authorization from their supervisors, he said.

“The group responsible for this action, in eagerness to achieve positive results, acted in a hasty manner, with poor planning,” he said, adding that the troops who carried out the operation had failed to obtain approval from a command superior.

Though Mexican President AMLO has declared the operation a success and praised his forces for having freed El Chapo’s son.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that he backed the decisions of his security officials, and added that the army operation was based on an arrest warrant.

“The capture of one criminal cannot be worth more than the lives of people,” López Obrador said, calling the response to the operation “very violent” and saying many lives were put at risk.

“This decision was made to protect citizens. … You cannot fight fire with fire,” he added. “We do not want deaths. We do not want war.”

But many Mexicans took to social media to express their outrage and embarrassment over the failed operation.

Many expressed disappointment in the decision to release Guzman while recognizing that it may have been the only option to protect those living in the city. Some also pointed out that the failure of the operation and the poor planning that must of gone into such a massive operation for it to have failed so terribly.

Others expressed doubt in their ability to trust the government to protect them and whether or not the government can even claim sovereignty over a state that the cartel seems to control.

And if the whole situation couldn’t get more intense, El Chapo’s family is holding a press conference to thank the Mexican President.

El Chapo’s family, who are high-profile celebrities in their home state of Sinaloa, held a press conference to thank the President for supporting the release of one of their own.

Guzman had been wanted by authorities in the United States, but despite his extradition request, Mexican authorities said they had no choice but to release him to avoid further bloodshed.

Gun violence driven by Mexico’s thriving drug cartels has been spiraling out of control for months.

In fact, 2019 is set to break records when it comes to the number of homicides across the country. So far there have been more than 15,000 homicides – putting the country on course to surpass the 29,111 murders of last year, an all-time high.

That’s what makes this story all that more startling. It’s another massive shoot out involving police and drug cartels, but it’s making headlines around the world because of its intensity and the fact that one of El Chapo’s sons was the intended target.