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Some Non-Latino Celebrities Are So In Love With Our Culture And People That They’ve Started To Learn Spanish

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No wonder so many non-Latino celebs love our idioma. Our good old Spanish, español or castellano (as it is actually known in Spain) is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, only behind linguistic powerhouses like Hindi, Arabic, and Mandarin. Spanish is the product of overlapping processes of colonization, war and migratory flows. The roots of its words are as diverse as Arabic (after all, the Moorish conquest of the Iberian Peninsula lasted eight centuries) and Latin, as the Roman expansion in the area left deep, expanding roots. Spanish is spoken in almost every continent: yes, Africa (Morocco) and Asia (The Phillippines) included. In the United States, Spanish is an unstoppable cultural force that now permeates all aspects of social and cultural life on both coasts. 

Today, Spanish is as diverse as our people. Argentinian Spanish, for example, has adopted many words from Italian and is known as lunfardo (beer in Argentina is not cerveza but birra, the Italian word; work is not trabajo but laburo). In Mexican-American communities in the United States Spanglish is taking a hold. No wonder many celebrities have fallen in love with our language, or have met a media naranja that teaches them la lengua de Cervantes. Here is a list of celebs that se pueden defender solitos speaking español. Some of them learnt it from birth, while others have challenged themselves. One thing is for certain, querido lector, if you speak Spanish and English you should hold your head up high. Not many people are bilingual in this blue world, so it should be a source of pride and NUNCA PERO NUNCA a source of shame. Con la cabeza en altoporfavorcito. 

Viggo Mortensen, el gaucho

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The famous actor and poet has lived in Argentina, so he speaks an almost perfect Buenos Aires Spanish. We mean, could he even be cooler than this? He is a big big big fan of the Argentinian soccer team San Lorenzo, so he often travels to Argentina. 

Matt Damon, la media naranja

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This action hero found love in the most unexpected place. It is common for Hollywood celebrities to date each other (often marrying and divorcing in the space of a few months or years), but our Jason Bourne met an Argentinian bartender in Miami by the name of Luciana Barroso y fue tocado por Cupido. Matt has done everything he can to be fluent in Spanishpues pero claro, es un caballero. 

Natalie Portman, la cerebrito y mujer poderosa

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This woman is amazing. She is talented, smart, gorgeous and true to her beliefs. On top of all of that, she is truly multilingual. Apart from English and her native Hebrew, she speaks conversational French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Ay, no manches. Truly, she is one in a million. And now that we are speaking of Miss Portman, we gotta say this: Moby, no manches, te pasaste de lanza, viejo cochino mentiroso

Chris Hemsworth, el Thor australiano

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Our cinematic Thor is married to Elsa Pataky, an amazing Spanish actress. Even though the couple and their kids live in the beach paradise of Byron Bay, Australia, they speak as much Spanish at home as possible. He often talks about this publicly, like in this segment with Ellen DeGeneres. 

Alexis Bledel, la chica Gilmore 

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This young actress, who was made famous for her role in the super amazing female power role Gilmore Girls, was born in Houston, but her parents were an Argentinian and a Mexican-American, so she grew up in a Spanish-speaking household and didn’t actually learnt English until she tuvo que ir a la escuelita. OMG, so cute and amazing. 

Gwyneth Paltrow, la madre superpoderosa 

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The ganadora del Oscar turned health guru is super fluent in Spanish. It is so uncanny to see her roll her Rs perfectly. Wanna see? When she was 15 she went to Toledo and fell in love with the language. She has an excellent Spanish accent…. wow… Look at this. It is a bit uncanny to be honest, but in the best possible way. 

Matthew McConaughey, el gringo texano con alma de mexicano

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The Oscar winner, who most recently gave us nightmares in his career-defining role in the HBO show True Detective, is a true Texan, and as such knows that Spanish is here to stay. As he says here, his hometown has a population of 82% Mexicans, and is just 90 minutes North of the Mexican border. He often tells the story of his siblings having mostly Spanish-speaking friends. If only all gringos who grow up alongside the border were like this… El mundo seria un lugar mejor. 

David Beckham, el rey de los merengues

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Cue in Spanish accent (yes, from actual Spain): pues pero claro, macho, si este inglesito jugaba pa nosotros. Yes, David built a career and an international following playing for the Real Madrid, one of the elite soccer teams in the Iberian Peninsula and all of Europe. he of course picked up the language while having a jet setter life in Madrid with his wife Victoria and kids. His language skills must have come in handy when he was playing in the US soccer league for the Los Angeles Galaxy. 

Ben Affleck, el Batman con alma latina

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Ben and his younger brother Casey (puaj, we can’t stop to throw up a little when mentioning his name, given the #metoo allegations against him), lived in Mexico for a while. When Ben was 13-years-old he filmed a children’s show South of the Border, and he picked up the language. Here, you can see him conduct a WHOLE INTERVIEW in Spanish. He has worked with Mexican talent like cinematographer Chivo Lubezki and has filmed in Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. His favorite Spanish word? SACAPUNTAS!

Tom Hiddleston, el ex de la Taylor

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The famous British actor, who plays Loki in the Marvel Universe film series, learnt Spanish in his university years and truly makes an effort to conduct interviews in our mother tongue when dealing with Spanish-speaking networks, as you can witness hereGracias, hermano Loki. Inclusivity and diversity are strengthen with everyday acts like this! 

Jeb Bush, el hermano que no fue presidente

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Jeb Bush was the chosen one, George Sr’s son and part of the political elite. But as luck would have it, it was his brother George W., and not him, who would walk into the Oval Office as the most powerful man on Earth. Jeb speaks fluent Spanish, and he is married to Colomba Bush, a Mexican-American. As Florida’s governor and later as a presidential hopeful Bush often spoke Spanish during events. 

Will Smith, el genio que concede deseos

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The man in black and newfound Aladdin genie is fluent in Spanish. By the way, Will was extra famous in Latin America since his early years, when he starred in the show known in the region as El príncipe del rap.

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Tens Of Thousands Of Puerto Ricans, Including Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin, Call For The Resignation Of Gov. Rosselló At Massive Old San Juan Protest

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Tens Of Thousands Of Puerto Ricans, Including Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin, Call For The Resignation Of Gov. Rosselló At Massive Old San Juan Protest

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On Wednesday, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans shouted “Ricky, renuncia!” as they marched through the streets of Old San Juan in its fifth and largest protest calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

Early in the demonstration, Puerto Rican stars like Bad Bunny, Residente, Ricky Martin, PJ Sin Suela and more gathered in front of the Capitolio, where they held large Puerto Rican flags and signs that read “los enterraron sin saber que somos semillas,” and encouraged a roaring crowd to not abandon their fight. As the artists stood atop a white truck in the midst of protestors, activist Tito Kayak, who famously placed the Puerto Rican flag on the Statue of Liberty’s crown in 2000 in protest of the US’ presence in Vieques, scaled the flagpole in an attempt to remove the American flag. The crowd erupted in cheers, chanting “Tito, Tito,” showing that the protest in the US territory extends beyond the people’s grievances with their local government.

Bad Bunny took to the streets of Puerto Rico with his fellow Americans to protest a governor they want out of office.

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Protests erupted on Saturday after Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published 889 pages of a private Telegram chat between the governor and some of his officials. The messages included profanity-laced homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic comments about female politicians, celebrities and protestors and hard-hearted jokes about the victims of Hurricane María. For the people of Puerto Rico, who were just rocked by a money-laundering scheme by its education and health leaders and endured repeated neglect and abuse by both its local and federal governments following the devastating hurricane, the chats symbolized the final straw.

As darkness fell on Wednesday, some of the celebrities spoke out.

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“This government has to begin respecting the people. We can’t stop protesting,” Residente, born René Pérez Joglar, said. Later, Puerto Rican singer iLe, Residente’s younger sister, sang the original, revolutionary version of La Borinqueña, with demonstrators, holding their flags and fists in the air, joining her in song, belting, “Vámonos, borinqueños, vámonos ya, que nos espera ansiosa, ansiosa la libertad.”

By la Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, tension sparked in the mostly-peaceful protest in the late hours of the night. Demonstrators, some throwing bottles of water and fireworks, busted through a barricade. Police fired tear gas, dispersing the massive crowd and angering local residents who allege officers discharged on empty streets where elders and youth in their homes struggled to breathe as a result of the smoke.

Other areas of the old city looked like a war zone, with officers chasing and shooting rubber bullets at protestors, trash bags blazing on cobblestone streets and the windows of graffiti-laden establishments shattering.

According to authorities, at least seven protesters were arrested during the protests and four police officers were injured. There is also an investigation into an officer who forcefully grabbed a demonstrator alleging she was trying to jump over a barrier, though footage of the incident later revealed she was not.

Motorcycles also thundered through the city early Thursday morning, as a protest caravan of thousands of motorcyclists, led by El Rey Charlie and reggaetoneros Brytiago, Noriel, and Ñengo Flow, traveled from Trujilo Alto to Old San Juan in a journey that captivated the island.

People on the island are relentless in demanding that their voices be heard.

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“We won’t stop. The oppression is over. The repression is over. Ricky, resign or we will take you out because the people put you there and we are ready to remove you. We want you out,” El Rey Charlie, a beloved motorist on the island, told Puerto Rican network WAPA-TV.

Outside of San Juan, groups around the island also took to the streets. In the States, the diaspora and their allies similarly demonstrated in Orlando, New York, Miami, Boston, Cleveland, San Antonio and more, while international actions occurred in the Dominican Republic and Spain as well.

Despite the massive uprising, Rosselló has contended that he would not resign. The governor, who previously apologized for his “improper act,” said that he believes he could win over the people of Puerto Rico.

“I recognize the challenge that I have before me because of the recent controversies, but I firmly believe that it is possible to restore confidence and that we will be able, after this painful process, to achieve reconciliation,” he said in Spanish. “I have the commitment, stronger than ever, to carry out the public policy.”

The governor is desperately trying to get people to forget about the unacceptable and offensive conversations he was involved.

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As Rosselló insists he would not step down, the president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, Carlos Méndez Núñez, has already appointed three lawyers to investigate the contents of the leaked chats to determine whether an impeachment process can begin.

Additionally, Puerto Rico’s non-voting delegate to Congress Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón, who is a member of the governor’s pro-statehood New Progressive Party, has called for a meeting among her PNP colleagues.

There is no shortage of corruption that people want to get rid of right now.

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“There must be an urgent meeting of the directory of @pnp_pr to discuss everything that is happening,” González-Colón said on Twitter.

President Donald Trump also took the opportunity to lambast the embattled governor as well as criticize the island, including the mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín Cruz, for corruption.

President Trump weighed in on the matter and used it to attack an island still recovering from the hurricane and the mayor of San Juan.

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He continued: “This is more than twice the amount given to Texas & Florida combined. I know the people of Puerto Rico well, and they are great. But much of their leadership is corrupt, & robbing the U.S. Government blind!”

But for many protesters, the marches aren’t just about sending a message of indignation to Rosselló, but rather to all corrupt politicians on the archipelago as well as the colonial federal government. Protest posters illustrate Rosselló with Trump’s hair to compare the two abhorred leaders, while vandalism on concrete walls screams for the resignation of the governor, the fiscal control board and the island’s colonial ties to the U.S.

Today and tomorrow, the people say, the uprising continues, with demonstrations planned across Puerto Rico and its diaspora in the US and worldwide.

Read: Here’s What You Need To Know About The Puerto Rico Uprising

Chisme Says Javier Bardem Is Close To Landing The Role Of King Triton And People Have Some Thoughts

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Chisme Says Javier Bardem Is Close To Landing The Role Of King Triton And People Have Some Thoughts

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Disney just recently announced that Halle Bailey would be portraying Ariel in the live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’ and finally we are starting to see better presentation of POC on the big screen.

The reaction to her casting was huge and, of course, came with it’s share of racist trolls.

But Disney is giving us another reason to celebrate ‘The Little Mermaid’ with word that Javier Bardem is in talks to start as Ariel’s father, King Triton.

Javier Bardem could possibly play King Triton in the live-action ‘Little Mermaid.’

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Big news from Disney — Spanish actor Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of the ‘Little Mermaid.’

And the best part? He’s up for the role of Ariel’s dad and the ruler of Atlantica, the mighty King Triton. If the reports are true, Javier will be joining a star-studded cast for the highly-anticipated flick.

Although Javier is in talks to play King Triton, other actors have publicly said they’d want to be considered in the Rob Marshall-directed movie. Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews took to his social media and posted a selfie of himself as the underwater ruler.  “Ariel’s Dad!!!!,” he wrote alongside the image.

Reactions on Twitter have been mixed to the news but a lot of people love the idea of Javier Bardem as King Triton.

And you can count us among that group. He’s a very talented actor, who, in fact, has won an academy award. So we have faith that he’ll be an amazing King Triton.

And this user had a very beautiful way of looking at the possible casting.

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The sea is definitely a colorful place. Plus, also, mermaids aren’t real so Disney can cast whoever they want in which ever role they want.

While this person was excited for the possibility of something like Cinderella.

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And we have to say that we agree. Brandy in Cinderella was everything and we would love to see Halle Bailey bring that same sort of energy to this role as Ariel – and we have faith that she will.

Though it looked like many on Twitter weren’t having any of it.

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It looked like some were confused by the whole family tree while others just wanted the so called classic ‘Little Mermaid’ (read: white) that they grew up with and already know.

But more than one Twitter user easily shut down the haters.

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That’s right people. Mermaids aren’t real. They could cast this however they want to cast it.

While many others were totally stanning for Terry Crews.

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Count us in on this as well. Who doesn’t love funny man Terry Crews?! Apparently, he also really wants the role. He even tweeted out a photo of the film with the caption #ArielsDad.

Whoever plays King Triton will be joining a star-studded cast.

A few weeks ago, the studio announced that R&B singer (and Beyoncé’s protégé) Halle Bailey would take on the role of Ariel, while Melissa McCarthy would play Ariel’s nemesis Ursula. Other castings include 12-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay as Ariel’s best friend Flounder and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina playing Scuttle, the pair’s other friend that gives them access to objects from the human world. Harry Styles is also reportedly in talks to play Ariel’s love interest Prince Eric.

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