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Even If You’re A Maná Fan, The Fact That They’re Playing At The White House Might Annoy You

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Maná, the biggest and most successful Latin American rock band, were invited by President Barack Obama to perform at the White House’s annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration.

Our reaction?

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Seriously, ¿porque?

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According to Buzzfeed, the Obama administration sees their Cinco De Mayo celebration “as a way to unite the community and show support for Mexico, Mexican-Americans and Latinos at large.”

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To the White House’s credit, Maná does have a history of activism, whether it be on environmental issues (they have a foundation called Selva Negra) or just telling people not to vote for Donald Trump.

Let’s be honest, though, picking Maná to play at your Mexican/Latino-themed event is about as original… well, a Maná song.

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Before y’all start grabbing for the pitchforks, here us out: the reason Maná has had success for nearly 30 years (yes, they’re old AF) is that they’ve done the same couple of songs over and over and over again.

Even the Steve Aoki remix of one of their songs sounds EXACTLY LIKE EVERY OTHER MANA SONG. 

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This isn’t a bad thing, and it’s not like we dislike Maná. In fact, they’re the only band that our entire family can agree on. “Cuando Los Angeles Lloran” (the album, not the song) helped us get through our first breakup. Our mom likes to clean the house on weekends with “while writing this, and it still holds up.

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with sticking with a formula that works.

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Coca-Cola tried to change their formula and backfired on them. People love the familiar, which is probably why Carlos Santana asked Fher & Co. to collaborate that sounds like pretty much a lot of Mana songs.

The decision reeks of tokenism. It’d be like inviting U2 to perform during St. Patrick’s Day because, hey, it’s an Irish holiday and they’re from Ireland!

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I mean, just look at that picture of the two lead singers. Can you tell which one’s which? Dem shades! Seriously though, our big issue isn’t with Maná, but rather with the White House clearly doing the bare minimum on a holiday that’s not even that big of a deal.

Here’s a thought, Obama: Instead of phoning it in (let me guess, you’re gonna serve tacos, aren’t you?), how about bringing a fresh and new band? Here’s a very helpful list.

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READ: A New Documentary About The Latino Music Scene Born In The Streets Of NYC

What are your thoughts on Cinco De Mayo? Are you a fan or nah? Hit us with your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to hit the share button below!

[Video] Bolivian Family Members Captured Video Of The Man Who Set Himself On Fire In Front Of The White House

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[Video] Bolivian Family Members Captured Video Of The Man Who Set Himself On Fire In Front Of The White House

A man set himself on fire in front of the White House Ellipse Wednesday afternoon. According to the Secret Service, he was provided aid on site and soon after rushed to a hospital for treatment.

The incident occurred in the early afternoon by 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW.

According to the Washington Post, D.C. fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo confirmed that a burn victim had been transported. There are no reports on the man’s condition at this time.

Alina Berzins, a 17-year-old girl living in Alexandria, Va. was sight-seeing with cousins from Bolivia captured the incident on video.

Berzins told CNBC that she and her cousins “saw this man” on the Ellipse and that eventually, he started “running, and then we saw him covered in flames.”

Video of the man burning, shows him walking on the green while inflamed and smoke billowing from the lawn.

The White House has made no comments on the incident at this time.

Watch a video of the event below.

Kellyanne Conway Tried To Shame AOC For Not Being ‘Less Christian’ And The Rep Put Her On Blast About Puerto Rico

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Kellyanne Conway Tried To Shame AOC For Not Being ‘Less Christian’ And The Rep Put Her On Blast About Puerto Rico

We know Republicans and the White House have a thing for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Fox News alone mentions her name at least 75 a day — they are stanning hard. We give them a pass on their obsession with her mainly because her ideas ruffle their feathers so much. We don’t, however, condone taking a swipe at her faith and compassion.

The feud between Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway began when Conway took a swipe at Rep. Ocasio-Cortez for not publically responding to the Easter massacre in Sri Lanka.

Conway said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez stayed quiet about the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka that killed almost 300 people.

Conway’s tweet was in response to another tweet that was deleted and her on-air interview that she did in which President Donald Trump’s crony took a moment to allege that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez didn’t acknowledge the bombings. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez didn’t take that call out lightly.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responded by saying she didn’t respond because she wasn’t using social media during her Easter visit with her grandmother in Puerto Rico.

“Hello Ms. Conway, On Easter, I was away from tech visiting my grandmother in Puerto Rico, which continues to suffer from the White House’s incompetent disaster response. Are you trying to imply that I am less Christian? What was the point of you bringing this up on national TV?”

The Bronx and Queens district representative used this opportunity to call out the White House for their “incompetent” response to Puerto Rico’s ongoing hurricane recovery.

“‘Corrupt’ is a good one, too,” she added. “I’m curious, how do you spin ignoring and neglecting the largest mass death of people on American soil in decades, @KellyannePolls? After all, the official count of 3,075 people is much bigger than the 64 number your admin clung to for so long.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez went on to say, “The terrorist attack in Sri Lanka was horrifying. Saying ‘Easter worshippers’ matters because Easter is the holiest day of the year for Christians, & to be targeted on Easter highlights how heinous the attack was—just as saying yesterday’s #SanDiego shooting was on Passover. You are using this as an excuse to stoke suspicion around my Christianity + faith life, @KellyannePolls. The Sri Lanka massacre was horrifying. No one should be targeted for their religion. If you’re so moved, let’s do more to welcome immigrants fleeing religious persecution.”

Could there be peace between these two ladies?

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Conway responded to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez saying, “you and I agree. I said on @CNN today & elsewhere that people of all faiths should be free from harm. I judge no one’s faith, incl. yours Extreme Ideas like Green New Deal & Socialized Medicine DO scare me tho! Areas for bipartisanship? Call me. Much work to do.”

That’s sort of an apology, right?

READ: Watch The Trailer For The Netflix Documentary On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It’ll Give You Chills

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