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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cinco de Mayo

SPOILER ALERT: It’s Not Mexican Independence Day

If you think Cinco de Mayo is all about cheap beer and tequila shots, think again. There’s a reason why only a handful of regions in Mexico celebrate Cinco de Mayo and it has absolutely nothing to do with Mexico’s independence. Or beer. Or tequila. Eddie G! breaks down five facts that’ll help you understand the origin of Cinco de Mayo and why it’s far, far away from being “Cinco de Drinko.”

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Brands Get Called Out For Inappropriately Celebrating Cinco De Mayo

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Brands Get Called Out For Inappropriately Celebrating Cinco De Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo invokes a variety of emotions — depending on whom you ask. For the majority of people, Cinco de Mayo is just another day to celebrate Taco Tuesday or drink too much tequila. For woke Latinos, however, it’s a day that involves eye rolls and facepalms to those who exploit the holiday that seems to be overtaken by American brands.

Here’s how companies and brands prepared to honor Mexico’s victory over the French in the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

Hirons pharmacy in Oregon feels the need to sell stereotypical products that they feel “represent” Mexican culture, at a discounted price of course.

What does lip glosses have to do with honoring Cinco de Mayo?

Apparently, Jenner began the tradition of selling her products with buy one get one free offer on Cinco de Mayo for the past two years.

Rite Aid says these products are Cinco de Mayo essentials.

“Seriously? Doritos?! I’m offended,” @Luevano1 tweeted. 

Nacho apparently means slow on Cinco de Mayo.

It’s important for people to not drive recklessly, so drive slow on nacho speed zones, according to the Official Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

This brewery seems to have gotten Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Dead mixed up.

“I just had a convo with one of the guys putting the event together,” Azucena Rasilla tweeted. “He was open to learning why this imagery is tone deaf and promise to change the flyer. If I can educate one person out of their shame, then I call it a successful Cinco.”

This TV anchor took Cinco de Mayo a step further.

Because a red dress screams Mexican.

Anything can be Cinco de Mayo if you just put a sombrero on it, right?

One way to really pay tribute to Mexican culture is by wearing random sports shirts.

To counter the negative Cinco de Mayo cultural appropriation, Twitter users are giving advice on what not to do on the holiday.

#ReclaimCincoDeMayo has been trending in advance of the holiday so there shouldn’t be any confusion about how to act on Cinco de Mayo.

And they are proving that humor can go a long way in educating the masses.

As Arizona Sen. Martín Quezada‏ tweeted: Just a friendly reminder. My culture is not a costume, alcoholic drink, or reason to act a fool today. #ReclaimCinco

Let us know how you are preparing for Cinco de Mayo!


READ: People Are Dragging The Owner Of This Bar For His Non-Apology Apology Over This Cinco De Mayo Celebration

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People Are Dragging The Owner Of This Bar For His Non-Apology Apology Over This Cinco De Mayo Celebration

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People Are Dragging The Owner Of This Bar For His Non-Apology Apology Over This Cinco De Mayo Celebration

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Cinco de Mayo has a way of making people think that Mexican culture is something to play around with and use to make some money. Every year, there are some lines crossed and some jokes that go a little too far. That’s the kind of mess that Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, Calif. discovered after they made a game out of the border wall idea. The rules of the game were simple: climb the wall and get a “green card,” which was good for one drink. Yes. This really happened and people are not happy with the owner’s non-apology apology.

Here’s how the people at Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, Calif. tried to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with their patrons.


The image on the left displays the “green card” bar patrons received after climbing the “wall.” Of course, people were upset because they felt the game trivialized the seriousness of the current immigration debate. Several people took to Yelp to share their dismay with the poor taste in entertainment for Cinco de Mayo. Others also converged on the bar’s Facebook page, calling the company out on this year’s event.

Owner Paul Hennessey believes it’s all just one big misunderstanding and that people are taking the festivities the wrong way. According to the LA Times, Hennessey said, “It was our way of protesting the fact that Trump wants to spend billions of dollars to build a wall that is pretty useless. I guess the way it was presented, some people took it a different way.”

Hennessey thinks everyone should calm down and listen to his explanation and use their time to do something good, seriously.

A message from Paul Hennessey:

I would like to thank everyone for your comments about our climbing wall. Our intentions…

Posted by Hennessey’s Tavern on Saturday, May 6, 2017


The message on their Facebook wall reads:

“A message from Paul Hennessey:

I would like to thank everyone for your comments about our climbing wall. Our intentions were to create a dialogue and show how ridiculous that it is to spend tens of millions of dollars to build a wall and even infer that Mexico foot some or the entire bill and have their citizens build it.

This event obviously struck a chord with many of you out there and you and a number of you did not understand our intent. I encourage all of you to take the time that you have spent posting on social media to spend an equal or greater amount of time writing your congressman or the President himself to express your concerns just as I have.

Thank you for your comments and let’s stop this wall from being built.”

This commenter felt Hennessey’s apology was insincere.

CREDIT: Hennessey’s Tavern / Facebook

“How insulting is this non apology?! Jesus Christ,” one commenter said. “The entitlement and sheer lack of holding themselves responsible is exactly what’s wrong with this country and why folks like these feel it’s us that’s wrong and not them.”

Others did not believe the game was created to “start a dialogue.”

CREDIT: Hennessey’s Tavern / Facebook

“Pathetic. You started a dialogue alright. Just not the one you are so desperately trying to convince people of,” a Facebook user wrote. “Do you really think they are that stupid?! What is wrong with you?! Worst possible way to start a dialogue about something in the history of ever. Do yourself a favor and just stop talking.”

Meanwhile, others aren’t even giving them that benefit of the doubt.

CREDIT: Hennessey’s Tavern / Facebook

“Cool story bro. I don’t for a second believe you were making an ironic meta statement about the wall,” a Facebook user told Hennessey. “Not after hanging up on us and being jerks all morning when being asked for an explanation. Nice try.”

People were also there to let Hennessey know that he needs to spend less time telling people what to do and to craft an actual apology.

CREDIT: Hennessey’s Tavern / Facebook

“I do not see an apology in your response, but rather, a patronizing statement on what I am ‘supposed to do.’ I have, also, spent plenty of my valuable hours writing to my legislators,” this Facebook user wrote. “Intention or not, you engaged in a racist act and there has to be some ownership in that. While I ‘appreciate’ that you were trying to make a statement, there is no space in my community’s heart for those kinds of acts. Now I will urge YOU to use your White privilege to help in a productive way.”

But a handful of people did come to the bar’s defense.

CREDIT: Hennessey’s Tavern / Facebook

“I was born and raised in Mexico and only immigrated to the US a few years ago,” a Facebook user wrote. “I find your wall idea hilarious and a very creative way of making fun of some short minded orange individual and his initiatives.”

Paul Hennessey has not made any more statements regarding the Cinco de Mayo celebration.

(H/T: OC Weekly)


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