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We Relabeled These Common Household Products So They Are More Honest Than Their Original Label

There are just some brands from childhood (and adulthood) that have a totally different meaning in our heads than what’s on the label. So we decided to keep it real and replace the labels with a new logo that shows consumers what the product is *really* for. There is always a recommended use and a real use for every product and Latinos will always find the real way to use a product.

Take a trip down memory lane with me…

Vicks VapoRub

CREDIT: Vicks.com

We all know VapoRub, but we probably don’t know what it’s actually meant for. Turns out, it’s meant to be used as a cough suppressant by rubbing that pungent, yet comforting gel on your chest.

What it’s actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

My abuelo rubbed this on his wrists every few hours. For his arthritis or as cologne, we never found out. Rub daily to mend broken hearts, the flu, or to get rid of cellulite!

Patrón

CREDIT: Walmart.com

Even as a poor college student, I always found the money for Patrón bottles for every occasion. Patrón, bottles–that’s all I remember from college if I’m being honest. #SorryPapa

What it’s actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

It kills you. Or, if you’re a new parent, a little helps put your baby to bed and gives you life. (Mitú does not condone giving children alcohol even if our parents did.) #ThanksPapa

Sprite

CREDIT: Coca-ColaCompany.com

Looks like soda, right? Sprite is so basic that it’s basically just lemon water, so it’s healthy right? It’s got to be.

What it’s actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

Yup! Sprite cures hangovers, tummy aches, and is essentially a tonic. I’m just waiting for a Sprite cleanse trend to happen over here.

Mazapán

CREDIT: Walmart.com

I’m drooling. Mazapán is the ultimate comfort food as far as dulces go, imo. Fun fact, mazapán was brought to Latin America from Spain, where they use almonds instead of peanuts.

What it’s actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they eat mazapán, verdad.  Spot a perfectionist crying from a mile away, because there is no neat way to eat these guys.

Café Bustelo

CREDIT: Walmart.com

Seems innocent looking enough right? Café Bustelo, how your packaging deceives us all.

What it’s actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

Do not play with this. Like a well-oiled machine, my nana would wake up groggy, spoon these out in fugly pink plastic mugs and distribute the fuel to the fam. Bustelo, you give us life.

Soda Crackers

CREDIT: Walmart.com

A true staple in every Latinx household. As kids, we used to dip these in café con leche like it was gold.

What it’s actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

Growing up has made me so much wiser. Nana was just trying to shove these crackers onto her grandkids so she could have more tupperware, or ‘tupper‘ as my Spanish host mom would say.

Royal Dansk Butter Cookies

CREDIT: Walmart.com

I have more memories of seeing this box than I do of actually eating those delicious, buttery cookies. The pretzel shaped ones always went first.

What it’s actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

Spoiler alert: it’s buttons. It’s always buttons in there. Every d*mn time I plotted a midnight snack run when I was a kid, there were never any cookies in these, so I stopped looking.

Instant Ramen

CREDIT: Walmart.com

Being a grown up will be great, they said. You can eat whatever you want, they said. Somehow, I keep coming back to this cheap stuff.

What it’s actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

I never wanted this, cuz. Take me back to mountains of bacalao y tostones. “Chicken” my a**.

Goya Adobo Seasoning

CREDIT: Walmart.com

Goya is my brand. Everything tastes better with it and I promise this is not a product placement. I speak on behalf of all Puerto Ricans that Goya is the shit.

What it actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

To be honest, I never tasted a difference between ‘Adobo’ flavors at restaurants and the flavor of fcking everything at home. ‘Adobo’ es lo misma de ‘pa todo’ en mi casa.

Fabuloso

CREDIT: Walmart.com

For some reason, I just can’t with the smell of Fabuloso. The only time it appears in my house is when the titis come to visit and keep me fully stocked till their next visit.

What it actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

Maybe that smell rubs me the wrong way because it’s the smell of my mom about to wake me tf up on Saturday mornings to force me to ‘help’ mop the floors. I’m still recovering my Saturday mornings.

Cheetos

CREDIT: Walmart.com

Burn my insides, Cheeto cheetah, take me. You’re the only Cheeto I would ever vote for as president. You hurt so good but we know what to expect.

What it actually does…

CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

I accept this trade off, tho. When I see someone with red fingers, I’m just like, we should stick together because I want in on your stash of cheetos crack.

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‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Mocks Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant and Francia Raísa Thinks It’s Not Funny

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‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Mocks Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant and Francia Raísa Thinks It’s Not Funny

It appears that the Saved By the Bell reboot is off to a bad start. The much anticipated NBCUniversal’s Peacock series garnered tons of negative press over the weekend for making what many viewers considered inappropriate jokes about Selena Gomez’s health struggles.

One of the offensive scenes in question had two characters arguing about whether Gomez’s kidney donor was “Justin Bieber’s mom” or Demi Lovato. Later in the episode, a wall was spray-painted with the words: “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?”

Fans flocked to social media to condemn the program for making light of Gomez’s harrowing health journey.

“I can officially say that this generation is full of some sick and insensitive ppl,” wrote one Selena stan on Twitter. “The fact that if her surgery went wrong, she wouldnt be here today. and a whole ass show producer thought it was okay to mock her for it? the script writers too? what??” Many similar sentiments were echoed on social media.

The blowback became so bad that NBCUniversal was forced to apologize for the tasteless joke. They have since removed the “jokes” from the episode.

“We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC,” they said in a statement.

Selena Gomez’s kidney donor, fellow actress Francia Raísa, addressed NBCUniversal’s apology via Twitter. “Appreciate the apology but let’s not forget about the donors that potentially felt offended and dismissed from the spray paint written on the wall,” she said.

Selena Gomez has been candid about the trauma she’s endured over the years due to her autoimmune disease, lupus. Gomez’s lupus forced her to undergo chemotherapy and eventually, seek a kidney transplant.

“I had arthritis. My kidneys were shutting down. My mentality was just to keep going,” Selena revealed in a 2017 interview with the Today Show. “That was it. And I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life and that was the day I came home, when I found out, and [Raísa] volunteered and did it.”

But Gomez’s kidney transplant wasn’t the end of her health journey, both mental and physical.

After her surgery, Gomez struggled with body image issues, specifically surrounding her surgery scar. In a recent Instagram post, Gomez revealed that it took her a while to become confident in her own skin after her surgery.

“When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar,” she wrote. “I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through.”

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Google Paid Tribute To Mariachi Music With A Doodle And Break Out The Mezcal Because It’s Gonna Give You Tears!

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Google Paid Tribute To Mariachi Music With A Doodle And Break Out The Mezcal Because It’s Gonna Give You Tears!

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Mariachi is officially getting the search engine clout it deserves!

Google Doodle’s latest feature celebrates the musical genre of mariachi. As an ode to the anniversary of the week that UNESCO inscribed mariachi on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The genre of Regional Mexican music goes back to the 18th century.

Google’s latest Doodle features an animated video of mariachi serenading.

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Singing “Cielito Lindo,” which is a song that encaptures Mexican pride, the doodle features a band of mariachi members.

Together they sing the following lyrics”De la Sierra Morena/cielito lindo, vienen bajando/Un par de ojitos negros/cielito lindo, de contrabando/ Ay, ay, ay, ay/Canta y no llores/Porque cantando se alegran/cielito lindo, los corazones.”

The lyrics translate to “From the Sierra Morena/Lovely sweet one, is prancing down/A pair of little black eyes/Lovely sweet one, is sneaking by/ Ay, ay, ay, ay/Sing, don’t cry/Because singing makes rejoice/Lovely sweet one, our hearts.”

For the doodle, the mariachi band wears traditional trajes de charro (charro suits) while strumming the traditional instruments of the genre.

Plucking away at the guitarrón, vihuela, and violin, other members use a trumpet and harp. According to Newsweek, “The tradition of mariachi originated in west-central Mexico around the turn of the 19th century, though its exact origins are murky. The musical genre began as entirely instrumental, made up of the sounds of stringed instruments, before vocals and the trumpet were eventually added.”

No doubt Google’s latest Doodle has won over the hearts of various searchers.

“What a beautiful tribute… thank you!” one user wrote.

“The Google doodle for today is a tribute to mariachis & it’s a little video that plays cielito lindo I am not okay, cielito lindo is my favorite mariachi song, it’s too cute,” another commented while another user wrote “I was so shocked when I clicked on this last night. What a wonderful surprise.”

Sweetly, the doodle really seemed to hit home for so many. “The Google Doodle today nearly made me cry,” one very happy user noted. “It was so unexpected and made me miss home for the first time since I moved.”

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