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Oscar Nunez From ‘The Office’ Is Using His Name To Help The World One Cause At A Time

There’s no question that Oscar Martinez, played by Oscar Nunez, is the only character in NBC’s hit show The Office that you’d actually want to be friends with. He played an accountant who wanted to be acknowledged as the intellect of the office but was instead reduced to a gay Mexican token by his boss Michael Scott. While his character was fictional, in a way, it gave insight to so many of us dealing in work environments with ignorant people.

The man behind the character actually has next to nothing in common with the persona he plays. Except for the first name. We think his story will give you life, támbien.

Oscar Nunez is Cuban, not Mexican.

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He was born in Colón, Cuba on November 18, 1958. That’s right. He’s a Scorpio, or can’t you tell?

His parents were classmates wi Fidel Castro.

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They all went to the University of Havana together. During the rise of Castro’s regime, their family fled to Venezuela first, and then to the United States.

First, they moved to Boston when he was 2 years old, and then landed in Union City, New Jersey.

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As a first generation Cuban-American, habla español y ingles. All those bits with Oscar yelling at the camera about what a pendejo Michael is was just pure off the cuff rage at a fictional character.

Nunez went to fashion school.

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He started out at the Fashion Institute of Technology and then went to Parsons School of Design for writing. It seems like he first wanted to make his break as a writer.

He’s a certified dental technician.

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His father was a lawyer and his mother a dentist. After he graduated from Parsons, he went to the Magna Institute of Dental Technology to become a dental tech. This guy is mega educated.

He started up his comedy career in New York and joined The Groundlings.

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While there, he wrote and starred in a production called “Smooth Down There.” Now, he goes back as a famous comedy celebrity alum for special performances.

Nunez was a finalist in the ABC Latino Writers Project.

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I mean, makes sense right? He went to school for writing. I think I speak for all of us in saying that we want to see your written work, Oscar.

He won’t play roles that diminish Latinos.

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While he’s 100 percent condescended to in The Office and treated differently because of his Latinidad, his character has all the integrity around his culture. The whole time Oscar knows he’s better than Michael and the bigots around him and the audience knows it.

He worked in the industry for years before making it on The Office.

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Some of his credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911!, 24 and Malcolm in the Middle. He went on to become the creator and producer of Halfway Home which explains his almost season-long break in The Office Season 3.

He’s not gay.

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When Oscar initially signed onto the show, he assumed his character’s sexuality would be straight. It wasn’t until later on in the show that the writers wrote in this plot twist, which helped account for his absence when Michael Scott sexually harasses him and he gets a company paid vacation.

He has a wife and kid.

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He married his longtime girlfriend Ursula Whittaker, who also happens to be an actress. The two had their first child, August Luce Nunez on October 4, 2012, and they all live together in Los Angeles.

You might remember him as the stripper in The Proposal.

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That’s right. He gyrated on Sandra Bullock. In the 2009 film, he also played the caterer, soda jerk and clergyman who ended up marrying Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. He’s multitalented in life and on screen.

Nunez used his fame to call an end to cosmetic testing on animals.

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He teamed up with Cruelty Free International to call on the U.S. to keep up with the European Union to end cosmetic testing on animals.

He’s also used his celebrity platform to show what a bad chef he is.

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Here’s the plot twist: he signed onto Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition for a chance to win $25,000 for a charity of his choice. So, still selfless and pure.

He played Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Sitcom

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The series is a radio play that tells the story of how the power couple had to navigate the cultural tensions and obstacles to allowing a Latino with an accent on television. Think of it as a podcast reenactment of the true story behind the infamous show, I Love Lucy.

He is State Farm’s latest rep.

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He’s the agent “that gets you,” which means he’ll play rock, paper, scissors with basketball star Chris Paul all night, and will serve the perfect lay up. Yes, please, you actually rep me, Oscar!

He participated in a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the show The Aquabats! Super Show!

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When you’re passionate about comedy, you dress up like this and participate in a punk rock musical comedy show on The Hub Network. It was canceled in 2014, and the cast has to start their own Kickstarter and telethon to raise money for its reboot.

It worked.

He rocked the boat as a judge on the 2010 Miss USA pageant, asking about Arizona’s immigration laws.

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Apparently, the crowd started booing before he finished asking the question about whether laws like SB1070, which allow state law enforcement to check the federal immigration status of individuals, should exist. Miss Oklahoma said she believes the state should have a right to create the laws, and the contestant got second place. Boo-yah.

The reason his parents fled Cuba was because of their Catholic faith.

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Nunez’s parents didn’t want to live in an atheist country and willingly fled for that reason. He grew up super Catholic and came to the U.S. for its freedom of religion.

If you want more Nunez rn, you can tune into People of Earth.

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He’s in ten episodes and plays Father Doug. Yup, he plays a priest. His parents would be proud.


READ: 13 Things That Inevitably Happen When You’re The Only Latino At The Office

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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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