Is ‘Narcos’ Even Close Real? This Colombian that Grew Up During the Time of Escobar Weighs In


At the height of Pablo Escobar’s reign, Bernardo Aparicio García was enjoying his childhood in Colombia. He recounts those years during the narcoterrorism era in a first person essay for Vox.com, that and his thoughts on Netflix original series Narcos.

“The bizarre thing about living in Colombia during the ’80s and ’90s was how normal it seemed to be,” says García. “My childhood was in many ways indistinguishable from that of an American boy in an upper-middle-class suburb.”

WATCH: Yo, Pablo Escobar is Pretty F’n Scary in this Dark, Violent Trailer for ‘Narcos’

Those were his memories, but after a group of coworkers kept buzzing about all the plot twists of the much-talked about series, García finally gave in and gave the show a try. Perhaps the decision would have help him in his  walk down memory lane?

“Watching Narcos seemed like grabbing a bag of popcorn and watching my country burn,” confesses García. “I remember the utter fear I had of Escobar as a child, and I remember the glorious sense of relief I felt the day he was finally vanquished. It was as if Satan and all his hosts had been defeated for good. With each episode of Narcos, the memories keep coming. One of the most eye-opening things about watching Narcos was realizing how significantly the drug wars shaped my world, despite my parents’ best efforts to insulate me.”

For all the debate on the authenticity of the series and specualtion it perpetuates stereoptypes of Colombia, García applauds Narcos.

“The mere fact that a show like this exists is evidence of how far we have come. Violence and the drug trade still play a part in the country’s public life.”
Read Garcia’s full essay, here.

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11 Latino Songs You Were Obsessed with in the 90s and 00s that You're Now Embarrassed Of


11 Latino Songs You Were Obsessed with in the 90s and 00s that You’re Now Embarrassed Of

We all have musical skeletons in our closet. Just think of some of the songs you were obsessed with in the 90s and 00s and tell me that you aren’t embarrassed AF about them now? It’s OK, you’re in a safe place, we won’t judge you because we liked the same ridiculous songs you did, like…

“Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin

Livin' La Vida Loca

I swear the only reason we liked this song is because Ricky Martin is so charismatic, but bleh! I mean of course her skin had to be the color of “mocha” because that’s the only skin color that rhymes with “vida loca.”

“Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee

Remember when reggaeton was taking over the continent and “Gasolina” was the raunchy little anthem that even los gringos were grinding too? Yeah, good times.

“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena

Selena Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
Credit:  Selena Quintanilla/jawbreakingbeauty.tumblr.com

Yes, yes, Selena is La Reina and she can do no wrong, but if anyone else had tried to get us excited about this song, it would NOT have happened.

“Bailamos” by Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias Bailamos

Like we were gonna turn down Enrique Iglesias when he asked us to dance? Not likely. Look! He still had the mole back then.

READ: Do You Know the Lyrics to Your Favorite Songs? Don’t Worry, You’re Not Alone

“Jenny from the Block” by JLo

Jenny from the Block

Back in the day of OG Bennifer, we let JLo convince us that she was still just like us…except no one was kissin’ our nalgas like that!

“Rico Suave” by Gerardo

Rico Suave Gerarda

The truth is that this song has ALWAYS been embarrassing, pero ni modo. Sometimes we like it cheesy.

“Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera Genie in a Bottle

Even Xtina found singing this song embarrassing, but it’s not like we don’t kinda still have the dance memorized.

“She Bangs” by Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin She Bangs

Yes, Ricky Martin has already made the list, but there’s NO WAY we can let this one pass. This song is all kinds of wrong and so is the video. Poor Ricky.

READ: 13 Latino Songs Guaranteed to Get You Out of Your Chair and Dancing

“Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira

Shakira Hips Don't Lie

Ay Shakira, Shakira, do you realize how ridiculous you made us look on the dance floor trying to move our caderas like yours? Even abuelas were in danger of breakin’ a hip.

“Macarena” by Los Del Rio

Arctic Monkeys
Credit: Arctic Monkeys/happiness-with-turner.tumblr.com

Admit it, this song is a curse that won’t die and yet you still dance to it at weddings and quinceañeras. Make it go away already!

“London Bridge” by Fergie

Fergie London Bridge Fergie

Only Fergie could make us think that this was sexy. “My London, London bridge wanna go down…” What does that even mean? It means something dirty right?

What songs did you like that you’re now embarrassed about? mitú wants to know. Tell us in the comments below!

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