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FAFSA Put A Latina On Notice After She Posted Her Lavish Prom Video That People Read Too Much Into

In late March, 17-year-old high school student Lizbeth Rivas opted to have a video taken of her prom experience, instead of traditional photos. In the prom video, Rivas appears to be living the high life. She dances to the song “Clout” by Offset and Cardi B, models her expensive-looking white prom dress, and flashes a luxury Mercedes-Benz with her crew of friends. To any of her followers, it looked like Rivas was living a life of privilege.

Rivas’s video went viral, prompting comments that mentioned the disparity between her lifestyle and those who can’t afford the same prom experience.

One Tweet in particular took off: Twitter user @_Ferrrg responded to the video with a meme that alluded to FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid organization) watching the video and keeping note of Rivas’s extravagant lifestyle.

Although the official FAFSA account was never tagged, FAFSA itself responded through Twitter with a meme of a little boy side-eyeing and sipping a cup of tea. Translated to internet speak?: “We’re watching you“.

Most found the interaction hilarious and it wasn’t long before the response from FASFA went viral.

FASFA’s tweet received over 13K retweets and 48K likes. Though many users found the interaction funny, some expressed concern Rivas would have trouble with financial aid.

According to Rivas she is just an average student struggling to make ends meet like anyone else.

Rivas revealed that the videographer of the high-quality video wasn’t an expensive professional they hired, but a talented friend-of-a-friend. “We wanted to do something different and memorable to us,” Rivas explained to mitú. “I honestly did not think it was going to blow up like how it did on Twitter nor was I looking for attention.”

Rivas went on to state that she paid for her luxurious-looking prom from money she earned at her job at the mall. “People started speculating that my parents paid all this money,” Rivas said. “When in reality, I have a whole job that I was saving up checks since December”.

According to Rivas, people on Twitter have made wrong assumptions about her financial situation.

FAFSA’s response prompted Rivas’s initial Tweet to go even more viral, putting Rivas in fear of receiving the financial aid she sorely needs.

“How [FAFSA] responded made me upset because that just fueled more people and their misconstrued opinions,” Rivas said. According to Rivas, her parents are neither in the financial situation to give her an expensive prom experience nor in the situation to pay out-of-pocket for her college tuition.

Rivas worries now that the viral video and its response could damage her access to financial aid for college, as well as her dreams of going to art school.

Rivas revealed that due to her financial situation, she’s looking at public universities for a college education. “I wanted to go to art school but it’s really expensive so I’m just looking at public universities,” Rivas says.

This ordeal brings up a larger conversation about privilege, the performance of wealth that many participate in (regardless of their financial status) and the crisis younger Americans are currently facing when it comes to paying for higher education.

Hopefully this will be a lesson for everyone not to assume what’s in someone’s bank account based on what they see on that person’s social media–especially when most of what we see on social media rarely represents reality anyway.

A Viral Video Of A Family Performing Banda In The Kitchen Is One Of The Best Thanksgiving Videos

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A Viral Video Of A Family Performing Banda In The Kitchen Is One Of The Best Thanksgiving Videos

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The best (and maybe worst) part of the holiday season is spending time with extended family members. It’s not every day you get to see all of your primos, tías, and tíos. Even when there’s drama, you know it’s going to be a good time. Once the booze starts flowing and the comedera starts, a simple dinner becomes a party fast. If you need proof of what I’m talking about, please meet the Prado Family, who took Thanksgiving to the next level and caught it all on camera.

On Thanksgiving, the Prado Family met up to celebrate the holiday, and they recorded themselves lipsyncing to a ranchera song.

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Each family member is playing pretend instruments, from a tortilla drum set to a little boy holding up a mixing bowl pretending it’s a tuba, tequila bottles as horns, an empty water gallons as guitars.  Even the cousins that don’t have instruments played a role in the video as audience members were holding up their cell phones capturing the magical moment.

Shedcci Elisa Prado tweeted the faux music video, and so far, it has been retweeted more than 100,000 and liked almost 600,000. Is that a viral tweet record?

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As soon as the tweet hit social media, the video blew up. Everyone was sharing it and tweeting how much the Prado family reminded them of their own family, or how they wished they could be a part of the Prado family. The video completely encapsulates what the holidays are all about, and more so, the beautiful memories Latino families make when they’re together. 

The funniest thing about how many times this video has been shared is seeing all of the hilarious things people are pointing out about the video. There are so many little things here and there, for example, the drummer is legit the best part, right?

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She really got into her role as the drummer. Her hair is all over the place, and she’s really banging the hell out of those tortillas. That is some next-level commitment.

Wait, the best person in the video has to be the little boy holding the bowl. 

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He’s so in character that we can’t tell if he is falling asleep or is legit following instructions. They probably told him, don’t move and just hold this bowl. He is so cute. Honestly, one of the greatest tubas ever to play.

Now, when the singer begins his part, we could not help but notice all those damn shoes in the back. 

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Is that a Foot Locker in the backroom, or what the hell is going on? There are so many shoe boxes in that room we can’t help but wonder if the Prado family also sells shoes. 

Also, upon further inspection, we couldn’t help but notice that the neighbor is spying on the Prado family. Everybody wants in on this family!

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We, too, can’t help but wish we were part of the Prado family. They’re just having so much fun. While he seems like a peeping neighbor, he is a family member so that’s a good thing.

The tweet made the Prado family so famous that they now have their own Instagram account. 

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You know you love to see it. If you aren’t following @PradoCousins yet, what are you doing with your life? They are delivering the kind of content that made the Twitter famous over the holiday weekend.

Now, please excuse us for being naive on this one, but could this be true? It looks like the viral tweet already landed the Prado family a legit gig.

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Banda Familia Prado — yes, their band name — probably (maybe not) will be performing at the El Agave Night Club in Farmersville, California, on Dec. 7. We’re already booking the next flight out to Fresno. 

But for reals, if you want to show your love to the Prado family, visit their ice cream shop in Boyle Heights.

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“The lead singer and the one with the tequila bottle own this shop!” Shedcci tweeted about her cousin’s dessert shop, La Michoacana, in Boyle Heights. 

If we had to pick the best response to this viral tweet, it has to be this one.

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Yes, we all want to be part of the Prado family, but this lady is straight up looking for some action. Good thing she was set straight. Lady, he is married. Move on. 

We can’t wait to see what other gems the Prado family delivers because Christmas is just around the corner. You cannot leave your fans waiting.

Watch the full performance below!

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Idan Matalon Is The Gay Israeli Man Behind The Hilarious Telenovela Lip Sync Videos

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Idan Matalon Is The Gay Israeli Man Behind The Hilarious Telenovela Lip Sync Videos

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In Israel, Idan Matalon is regarded as a gay icon, but in the queer telenovela fandom subculture, Matalon is a superstar. Matalon rose to fame within Israel as an online lipsync star, after he created a YouTube channel dedicated to displaying his pop song lipsyncing skills when he was just 16-years-old. Matalon rose to fame while lipsyncing Korean pop, but, soon, he fell in love with Spanish language telenovelas. The queer Latino community is living for his reenactments of some of the most dramatic moments in telenovela history, this time, with a gay man playing the hypersexualized and distressed female interest. 

Lipsyncing in Spanish soon inspired a passion to learn to speak Spanish, and, now, Matalon nearly exclusively speaks in Spanish on his social media platforms.

Matalon went viral in the Latino community after reenacting the embarazada scene in “Tierra de Pasiones.”

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On this year’s International Coming Out Day, Matalon shared his story and how social media and the Internet has helped him come to terms with his sexuality. “For years I thought [homosexuality] was a sin. I didn’t have YouTube or social networks to watch stories, videos and thoughts of other kids who were like me, and that’s why I felt very lonely and scared with my feelings. In school, the word ‘gay’ was like an insult to the boys,” he shared in an Instagram post. While serving in the Israel Defense Force, he came out as gay to his parents. He was 19-years-old and was met with full support. 

Since then, Matalon has become a columnist for Moovz to discuss LGBT issues and has even made an appearance on the cover of Mexico’s Betún Magazine. Today, he’s using his social media to reimagine telenovelas as acted out (and lipsynced) by the gays, and it’s hilarious. Back in 2015, he and his friend Sachin Bhatt lipsynced the novela scene when Gabriela Spanic and Catherine Siachoque got into a physical fight during the moment the fake-pregnancy gig was finally up. When Matalon grabs the pillow out of Bhatt’s shirt, he takes off his shirt to reveal the kind of six-pack that only the gays can create. This is the content we deserve.

Matalon just announced that he’ll be embarking on a comedy tour in Mexico next year.

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Matalon learned Spanish for his love of novelas, and that overly emoted passion has landed him an entire comedy career in Latin America. Matalon will be returning to Mexico to deliver his “I Live in a Telenovela” comedy show to nine major cities. Will you be there?

Matalon was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel, but has lived all over the Spanish-speaking world.

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Matalon just moved back to his home in Israel, but he spent the last four years appreciating Mexican and American values (and puppies). Matalon moved to Los Angeles about four years ago, and during that time, he spent a year living in Mexico City. In an Instagram post in Spanish, Matalon said, “I already feel like Mexico and LA are my home, but I love my country Israel, I feel relaxed in Tel Aviv, and happy with my family and friends.” While he was living in Mexico, he adopted three adorable chihuahuas and embarked on a two-month process to ensure he would be able to safely bring his beloved babies back to Israel. We love a committed rescue dad!

His telenovela videos are beloved around the world and his Spanish-language skills are pretty remarkable.

The gay YouTuber has spent his life traveling around the world and creating videos for social media. He was a YouTube lipsync artist when he was 16 years old then joined the Israeli military. In April 2012, Matalon was named Shalom Life’s 20 hottest of the 50 hottest Jewish men. His impact in the queer community is massive and his growing among the Latino community is quickly catching up.

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