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You’ve Been Mistaking These Things For Mexican Your Whole Life

There’s nothing more annoying to Mexicans than to hear others refer to certain things as Mexican. Unless you want the paliza of your life, let’s make sure this never happens to you, shall we? After all, Mexicans always prefer to make love not war.

1. Every Latino… Ever.

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WE’RE NOT ALL MEXICAN! We see why people would love to be confused with being Mexican ?, but speaking Spanish, having brown hair and unlimited sass doesn’t make everyone Mexican. There are over 20 Latin American countries in the world and Mexico is just one of them.

2. The Most Interesting Man in the World

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Interesting? Yes. Mexican? No. This macho actor that many young men aspire to be is actually a Jew from New York. His badass-ness is certainly Mexican, but his roots reside in The Big Apple.

READ: Things You Didn’t Know About “The Most Interesting Man”

3. Piñatas

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Many people associate piñatas with Mexicans; they’re extravagant and super fun. But these multi-colored vessels are actually Chinese. The tradition of breaking piñatas arrived to Europe in the 14th century and made its way to Mexico two centuries after that. Sorry to break it to you (get it?).

4. Tacos Al Pastor

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Tacos come from Mexico, no doubt about it. But the method of cooking “al pastor” actually originated in Lebanon. If you are one of the five Latinos who ever ate a shawarma, you are probably dumbfounded with a big “ooooooo” expression on your face. If you are not, just look it up: S-H-A-W-A-R-M-A.

5. Tapatío

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This salsa picante brand has a Mexican name, a cute charro on the label and Spanish all over it: very clever. BUT it originated in Maywood, California. Not Mexico. The creator however, is from Mexico. It’s a win-win.

READ: The Complete List of Bro Codes Every Mexican Is Down With

6. Serenatas

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When you think about the romantic serenatas you picture a mariachi holding a guitar while his beloved is listening from a balcony up above; don’t you? Wrong… again. serenatas come from Europe and became popular with compositions from Mozart and Beethoven.

7. The Hottest Chile in the World

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Mexican food is known to be hot… hot, hot! But the delicious peppers used in Mexican cuisine are no competition for the current hottest one: the Carolina Reaper with 2.2 million SHU (Scoville Heat Units). It can literally kill you. Are you game?

8. “Jajaja”

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It’s “jajaja” and not “hahaha” for all Latinos. And it was Spanish novelist José María de Pereda who first wrote it in his book “Tipos trashumantes.” I guess the “jajaja” is on you.

9. La Macarena

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The original Macarena that inspired Spanish pop duo Los Del Río to write the infamous song is actually about a flamenco dancer from Venezuela… “Aaay!”

10. Limón

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We add them to everything and margaritas can’t live without them and they keep Mexican avocados from turning brown, but limes were first cultivated in Persia and Asia. Mind blown.

READ: Foods Mexicans Cannot Eat without Limón

11. Zorro

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Guy Williams, the original Zorro from Disney’s 1957 blockbuster film, was actually born in New York. None of the actors that played the part have ever been Mexican, including Antonio Banderas who…wait for it… Is from SPAIN.

Lupita Nyong’o

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Just kidding, she was born in Mexico… And no one can steal her! ?❤️

Can you think of others? MiTú wants to know. Leave a comment below.

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From COVID To Elections, Here’s Why Misinformation Targets Latinos

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From COVID To Elections, Here’s Why Misinformation Targets Latinos

One of the big surprises of the 2020 election was how even though most Latino voters across the U.S. voted for Joe Biden, in some counties of competitive states like Florida and Texas, a higher-than-expected percentage of Latinos supported Donald Trump. One factor that many believe played a role: online misinformation about the Democratic candidate.

Another important subject that’s been victim of a massive misinformation campaign is the Coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing vaccination program. But why does #fakenews so heavily target the Latino community?

Since the 2020 campaign, a large misinformation campaign has target Latinos.

Although fake news is nothing new, in the campaign leading up to the 2020 elections it morphed into something more sinister – a campaign to influence Latino voters with false information. The largely undetected movement helped depress turnout and spread disinformation about Democrat Joe Biden.

The effort showed how social media and other technology can be leveraged to spread misinformation so quickly that those trying to stop it cannot keep up. There were signs that it worked as Donald Trump swung large numbers of Latino votes in the 2020 presidential race in some areas that had been Democratic strongholds.

Videos and pictures were doctored. Quotes were taken out of context. Conspiracy theories were fanned, including that voting by mail was rigged, that the Black Lives Matter movement had ties to witchcraft and that Biden was beholden to a cabal of socialists.

That flow of misinformation has only intensified since Election Day, researchers and political analysts say, stoking Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen and false narratives around the mob that overran the Capitol. More recently, it has morphed into efforts to undermine vaccination efforts against the coronavirus.

The misinformation campaign could have major impacts on our politics.

Several misinformation researchers say there is an alarming amount of misinformation about voter fraud and Democratic leaders being shared in Latino social media communities. Biden is a popular target, with misinformation ranging from exaggerated claims that he embraces Fidel Castro-style socialism to more patently false and outlandish ones, for instance that the president-elect supports abortion minutes before a child’s birth or that he orchestrated a caravan of Cuban immigrants to infiltrate the US Southern border and disrupt the election process.

Democratic strategists looking ahead to the 2022 midterm elections are concerned about how this might sway Latino voters in the future. They acknowledge that conservatives in traditional media and the political establishment have pushed false narratives as well, but say that social media misinformation deserves special attention: It appears to be a growing problem, and it can be hard to track and understand.

Some believe that Latinos may be more likely to believe a message shared by friends, family members, or people from their cultural community in a WhatsApp or Telegram group rather than an arbitrary mainstream US news outlet; research has found that people believe news articles more when they’re shared by people they trust.

Fake news is also impacting our community’s response to the pandemic.

Vaccination programs work best when as many people as possible get vaccinated, but Latinos in the United States are getting inoculated at lower rates.

In Florida, for example, Latinos are 27% of the population but they’ve made up only about 17% of COVID-19 vaccinations so far, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And Latinos are relying on social media and word-of-mouth for information on vaccines — even when it’s wrong. There’s myths circulating around the vaccine, whether you can trust it and the possible the long-term effects.

And it’s not just obstacles to getting information in Spanish, but also in many of the native Mayan indigenous languages that farmworkers speak in South Florida.

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Yalitza Aparicio Has Landed Her First Role Since “Roma” And We Cannot Wait

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Yalitza Aparicio Has Landed Her First Role Since “Roma” And We Cannot Wait

For fans of Yalitza Aparicio from the now iconic film Roma, we have been waiting almost three years to know what’s next for the Oscar-nominated actress. And now, we finally have some answers.

The Roma actress is set to star in an upcoming horror film that’s already started filming.

Anyone who saw Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma immediately fell in love with Cleo, the character played by Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio. Her award-winning part in Roma was her very first acting gig and despite her success, she hasn’t acted in anything since, until now.

Aparicio is set to star in an upcoming horror film Presences, a horror film from Innocent Voices director Luis Mandoki. As reported by Mexican publication El Universal, production on Aparicio’s second feature kicked off this week in Tlalpujahua in central Mexico.

According to El Universal: “The film tells the story of a man who loses his wife and goes to seclude himself in a cabin in the woods, where strange things happen.” Production in Tlalpujahua is expected to last for a month.

Although this is only her second role, Aparicio has kept herself busy with several projects.

Aparicio was a schoolteacher plucked from obscurity to star in “Roma,” which resulted in her becoming the first Mexican woman to be Oscar nominated for Best Actress in 14 years and the first Indigenous woman in history. And her Indigenous identity is a major part of her career.

While “Presences” marks the first movie Aparicio has taken on since “Roma,” the actress has remained busy over the last two years, including supporting Indigenous film community efforts in Mexico.

The actress has teamed with projects such as Cine Too to help extend access to cinema to marginalized communities. Cine Too is a one-screen, 75-seat cinema in Guelatao de Juárez, Oaxaca that serves as an educational center for the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers.

“It’s important to save these spaces because they reach places where the arts are often not accessible,” Aparicio told IndieWire. “I come from a community where there’s no movie theater, and as a consequence the population, especially the children that grow up those communities, has less of an interest in the cinematic arts. [Cine Too] has the possibility to reach these children and provide an opportunity to instill in them the passion for cinema and teach them about this art form.”

Aparicio continued, “My objective in my career is to give visibility to all of us who have been kept in the dark for so long. The acting projects I’m working on are moving slowly because I’m putting all my efforts in not being pigeonholed because of my appearance. There are many people who have the disposition to help change things. We’ve had enough of people being typecast in certain roles or characters based on the color of their skin. We have a complicated job, because these things can’t be changed overnight but hopefully we can show people that the only limits are within us.”

“Wherever I go, I’ll always be proudly representing our Indigenous communities,” the actress concluded. “I’m conscious that every step I take may open doors for someone else and at the same time it’s an opportunity for society to realize we are part of it and that we are here.”

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