Fruteras, paleteros and other street vendors in Los Angeles have a reason to celebrate. The Los Angeles City Council recently voted to decriminalize street vending in the city, reports ABC 7 News Los Angeles. The ordinance, which was approved by an 11-2 margin, will set in motion a process that will allow street vendors to get permits and be subjected to city regulations. According to the Los Angeles Times, street vendors previously faced misdemeanor charges for selling food and other items on sidewalks.
The ordinance was proposed by council members Curren Price, Joe Buscaino, and José Huizar.
“We cannot continue to allow an unregulated system that penalizes hard-working, mostly immigrant, vendors with possible criminal misdemeanor charges, particularly in the current political environment. These people are not asking for a handout, they are asking for an opportunity to lift themselves up and provide for their families,” said Huizar in a written statement.
There is a viral tweet by an aspiring YouTuber in Wisconsin is making the rounds on social media claiming that Disney took the story of “Coco” from a family in Santa Fe de la Laguna, Quiroga, Michoacán, Mexico. While the woman pictured in the tweet and the character of Mama Coco is very similar, there is a lot of doubt about the tweet’s accuracy. It seems like the tweet is a good example of not believe everything you hear or see on social media as pure fact.
A viral tweet is claiming that Disney created characters based on the appearance of a family in Mexico and hasn’t compensated them.
The two are very similar in appearance, obviously. The viral success of the tweet proves that people are willing to believe that this happened. Many are even sharing their own photos showing that they met the woman in Mexico after traveling there due to the success of “Coco.”
Others claim to have met another woman in the same town who is the inspiration for Mama Elena.
Creatives who worked on “Coco” did exhaustive research to make sure they got the movie right. It is crucial that corporations portray cultures and cultural events right in the 21st century. There is hypersensitivity and a strong expectation for companies to do their due diligence to guarantee that culturally relevant materials are done correctly. In that vein, Disney/Pixar did send people to Mexico to research and study up on the customs surrounding Día de los Muertos.
They did visit places in Mexico and there are moments in the film where you see recreations of structures they encountered on their trip. Disney has never denied visiting places in Mexico to do research and that parts of the film are inspired by things they have seen. However, according to responses to the tweet, there are a lot of people who think Disney did more than just get inspired by these places and the people.
The tweet caught the attention of co-director Lee Unkrich.
The accusations have really caught fire on Twitter with little to no information backing claims. While the tweet claims the family was not compensated, Disney denies it was based on the family despite the striking similarities. There is also no evidence presented that the family nor people in the town that were interviewed signed contracts for compensation from Disney.
The daughter of animator Daniel Arriaga took to Twitter to combat the narrative she says is false.
Twitter users responded to Alyssa claiming that it doesn’t matter and that the families should be compensated for the interviews and information obtained.
Another man shared a photo in 2017 showing that his grandmother was the woman they based Mama Elena on.
“For those of you who read my previous post about Coco…here is my abuela,” Brandon Guzman posted on Facebook two years ago. “It was her who they modeled the Abuela with the chancla in the movie after!! I’m a proud grandson!! #Pixar #Disney #Coco #LatinosInHollywood”
However, the person who originally posted the viral tweet is using the similarities in the movie and locations to push their point.
There is no denying that some bits of Mexico made it into the movie. However, it can be argued that it was done to further the authenticity of the movie and the storyline for people wanting to see themselves represented.
There is no winning or losing this argument as people will believe what they want.
Despite people who worked on or related to those who worked on denying the story, the rumor of Disney causing harm to a community in Mexico.
Those standing up for Disney are calling attention to the dangers of believing everything you see on the internet.
There have been multiple instances of people blindly believing things that are posted on social media. The lack of necessary fact-checking before posting has led to misinformation spreading unchecked on social media. It is up to the users to make sure that they do their own research and determine what is true or not. As for this story, it seems the internet will forever be torn over the validity of the claims made.
Disney just recently announced that Halle Bailey would be portraying Ariel in the live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’ and finally we are starting to see better presentation of POC on the big screen.
The reaction to her casting was huge and, of course, came with it’s share of racist trolls.
But Disney is giving us another reason to celebrate ‘The Little Mermaid’ with word that Javier Bardem is in talks to start as Ariel’s father, King Triton.
Javier Bardem could possibly play King Triton in the live-action ‘Little Mermaid.’
Big news from Disney — Spanish actor Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of the ‘Little Mermaid.’
And the best part? He’s up for the role of Ariel’s dad and the ruler of Atlantica, the mighty King Triton. If the reports are true, Javier will be joining a star-studded cast for the highly-anticipated flick.
Although Javier is in talks to play King Triton, other actors have publicly said they’d want to be considered in the Rob Marshall-directed movie. Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews took to his social media and posted a selfie of himself as the underwater ruler. “Ariel’s Dad!!!!,” he wrote alongside the image.
Reactions on Twitter have been mixed to the news but a lot of people love the idea of Javier Bardem as King Triton.
And you can count us among that group. He’s a very talented actor, who, in fact, has won an academy award. So we have faith that he’ll be an amazing King Triton.
And this user had a very beautiful way of looking at the possible casting.
The sea is definitely a colorful place. Plus, also, mermaids aren’t real so Disney can cast whoever they want in which ever role they want.
While this person was excited for the possibility of something like Cinderella.
And we have to say that we agree. Brandy in Cinderella was everything and we would love to see Halle Bailey bring that same sort of energy to this role as Ariel – and we have faith that she will.
Though it looked like many on Twitter weren’t having any of it.
It looked like some were confused by the whole family tree while others just wanted the so called classic ‘Little Mermaid’ (read: white) that they grew up with and already know.
But more than one Twitter user easily shut down the haters.
That’s right people. Mermaids aren’t real. They could cast this however they want to cast it.
While many others were totally stanning for Terry Crews.
Count us in on this as well. Who doesn’t love funny man Terry Crews?! Apparently, he also really wants the role. He even tweeted out a photo of the film with the caption #ArielsDad.
Whoever plays King Triton will be joining a star-studded cast.
A few weeks ago, the studio announced that R&B singer (and Beyoncé’s protégé) Halle Bailey would take on the role of Ariel, while Melissa McCarthy would play Ariel’s nemesis Ursula. Other castings include 12-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay as Ariel’s best friend Flounder and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina playing Scuttle, the pair’s other friend that gives them access to objects from the human world. Harry Styles is also reportedly in talks to play Ariel’s love interest Prince Eric.