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A Mexican Coca-Cola Commercial was Supposed to Create Unity, but It Pissed People Off Instead

Coca-Cola México is in the middle of a social media and cultural understanding backlash for an advertisement featuring the Mixe community of Oaxaca, México.

ICYMI, Coca-Cola México released a new Christmas commercial to get the holiday feelings flowing.

Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

The commercial features ethnically white Mexicans going to an indigenous Mixe community with tools, wood…

Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

And a big-ass cooler of Coca-Cola. Just a group of young kids trying to spread Christmas cheer to an indigenous group of people in Oaxaca, right?

So the group of youths built the Mixe people a Christmas tree using wood, red paint, and Coca-Cola caps.

Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

You’re probably thinking…

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Well…

People have criticized the commercial for perpetuating the “white savior” mentality.

Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

The white savior complex is when someone of the western world comes swooping in to “fix” the problems of those less fortunate. Think of movies such as The Blind Side, Freedom Writers or even Django Unchained.

And after some social media backlash, Coca-Cola México removed the video from it’s YouTube page.

Credit: Coca-Cola Mexico / Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

READ: French Fashion Designer Gets Called Out for Copying Indigenous Oaxacan Clothing Design

Coca-Cola México was hoping to start a conversation on ending prejudices using #AbreTuCorazon. Instead, the hashtag was used to debate Coca-Cola’s treatment of the indigenous population…

Some see no problem with the commercial.

Others in Oaxaca are defending the commercial.

And this guy is using the hashtag to drop some knowledge on Coca-Cola’s impact on Mexico.

Many are more concerned with the use of indigenous people in the ad as a marketing ploy.

https://twitter.com/dianaecho/status/671991439748898816

This writer had a suggestion on how Mexicans could help:

https://twitter.com/CJ_Haslett/status/671933791376678912

Coca-Cola offered this response when asked about the ad:

“As part of Coca-Cola México’s Christmas campaign for this year the video “Mixe Community Totontepec” was launched on digital channels, seeking to convey a message of unity and joy. Our intention was never to be insensitive to or underestimate any indigenous group. We have now removed the video and apologize to anyone who may have been offended. In nearly 90 years in the country, Coca-Cola Mexico has worked to share messages of unity and friendship to contribute to build a society free of prejudices.”

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Watch the full commercial below and judge for yourself:

Credit: Cuéntame de Cortazar / YouTube

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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Look out Bad Bunny. There’s another breed of bunny in town that’s taking the internet by storm. A college student in Mexico recently went viral for the oddest thing. He has genetically engineered a strain of rabbits to be the largest in the world.

21-year-old Kiro Yakin has become a viral sensation after internet users have seen him with pictures of the giant bunnies he genetically engineered.

Yakin, a student at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla on the Xicotepec campus, is studying veterinary and animal husbandry. He began his experimentation by breeding two unique rabbit types together. The Flemish Giant rabbit and other, longer-eared bunnies that Yakin happened to notice. As a result, his monster-bunny was born.

According to Yakin, his experimental bunnies grow up to 22 pounds  Flemish Giant, while the average Flemish giant weighs 15 pounds. But make no mistake, Yakin’s bunny experiment was no accident. “It takes an average of 3 to 4 years to reproduce this giant species,” he told Sintesis.

Yakin’s ultimate goal is to breed a rabbit that can grow up to 30 pounds. “I am currently studying genetics to see how to grow this breed of giant rabbits more,” he said.

Yakin, who has had a soft spot for rabbits since he was a child (pun intended), now cares for a whopping fifty giant rabbits out of his parents’ home.

Luckily, his parents are supportive enough of his dream that they support their son (and his bunnies) financially. “I have the financial support and support of my parents to buy food a week for all 50 giant rabbits,” Yakin told Sintesis.

But he also admitted his project has a long way to go. “So far I have not set aside the time or budget that is required to start the project more seriously,” he said.

The only thing that’s preventing Yakin from committing all his time and energy to creating even bigger bunnies is–what else?–money.

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Although he already submitted a proposal to his university to try and expand his research, as of now, he is self-financed. However, Yakin makes a bit of extra cash by selling the giant bunnies to private customers.

His ultimate goal though, is to open up a large, professional farm where he can breed and cross-breed his bunnies to his heart’s content.

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Mexicans Travel To U.S. For ‘Vaccine Tourism’ Say It’s A Matter Of Survival

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Mexicans Travel To U.S. For ‘Vaccine Tourism’ Say It’s A Matter Of Survival

The United States is one of the world’s most successful countries when it comes to rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine program. So far, more than 200 million vaccines have been administered across the U.S. and as of this week anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible.

Meanwhile, in many countries around the world – including Mexico – the vaccine roll out is still highly restricted. For many, who can afford to travel, they see the best option at a shot in the arm to take a trip to the U.S. where many locations are reporting a surplus in vaccines.

Wealthy Latin Americans travel to U.S. to get COVID vaccines.

People of means from Latin America are chartering planes, booking commercial flights, buying bus tickets and renting cars to get the vaccine in the United States due to lack of supply back in their home countries. Some of those making the trip include politicians, TV personalities, business executives and a soccer team.

There is an old Mexican joke: God tells a Mexican he has only a week left to live but can ask for one final wish, no matter how outrageous. So the Mexican asks for a ticket to Houston—for a second opinion.

Virginia Gónzalez and her husband flew from Mexico to Texas and then boarded a bus to a vaccination site. They made the trip again for a second dose. The couple from Monterrey, Mexico, acted on the advice of the doctor treating the husband for prostate cancer. In all, they logged 1,400 miles for two round trips.

“It’s a matter of survival,” Gónzalez told NBC News, of getting a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. “In Mexico, officials didn’t buy enough vaccines. It’s like they don’t care about their citizens.”

Mexico has a vaccine rollout plan but it’s been too slow in many people’s opinions.

With a population of nearly 130 million people, Mexico has secured more vaccines than many Latin American nations — about 18 million doses as of Monday from the U.S., China, Russia and India. Most of those have been given to health care workers, people over 60 and some teachers, who so far are the only ones eligible. Most other Latin American countries, except for Chile, are in the same situation or worse.

So vaccine seekers who can afford to travel are coming to the United States to avoid the long wait, including people from as far as Paraguay. Those who make the trip must obtain a tourist visa and have enough money to pay for required coronavirus tests, plane tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars and other expenses.

There is little that is fair about the global race for the COVID-19 vaccine, despite international attempts to avoid the current disparities. In Israel, a country of 9 million people, half of the population has received at least one dose, while plenty of countries have yet to receive any. While the U.S. could vaccinate 70 percent of its population by September 2021 at the current rollout rate, it could take Mexico until approximately the year 2024 to achieve the same results.

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