GQ just upped the weird-interview game by dubbing over Selena Gomez’s voice with the voice of… Pee Wee Herman. No, this isn’t some random fan video where they took an original and dubbed the voice for fun. GQ made the decision to have the singer’s voice disguised behind one of America’s most beloved and quirky characters. It’s like DubSmash, but on a whole other level, y’all. It’s already odd that the interview with Instagram’s most followed celebrity is taking place in a field in the middle of Texas (well, maybe that’s not so weird), but gets even stranger when she opens her mouth, and you hear the voice of a middle-aged white man with an eccentric and exaggerated accent. No matter how many times you watch it, it is still as weird and entrancing as the last.
Once you get used to Pee Wee’s voice, watch as the Latina pop star explains the reasoning behind one of her most iconic Instagram photos, including the one captioned “When they play your song at the club.”
They say money doesn’t grow on trees, but avocado farmers in Mexico are learning that if they tear down a forest, they can make upwards of $500,000 a year. According to a report by the Associated Press, the popularity of avocados in the United States has led to increased demand in avocados from Mexico, where avocados are more likely to grow year-round. Unfortunately, because avocados are more profitable than other crops, farmers have begun illegally tearing down surrounding pine forests to make room for their avocado trees.
The avocado business is booming so much — bringing in more than a billion dollars a year in total — that drug cartels have gotten involved. It’s estimated that the Knights Templar Cartel brings in upwards of $150 million each year on avocados alone. A cartel’s involvement with farmers is pretty straight forward: Farmers are “encouraged” to pay cartels some tax per pound of avocados they grow. If the farmers refuse, they can expect retaliation, resulting in loss of land or even death.
Avocado-related deforestation isn’t the only problem that can affect the ecosystem. Avocado trees can pull twice as much water as a naturally occurring forest, which means that the local ecosystem, from plants to animals, is adversely affected by farmers who depend on the thirsty crop. Not to mention that previously untouched forests are now grounds for chemical dumping and other avocado industry-related issues.