Meme Queen Itati Cantoral is Almost as Dramatic as Soraya Montenegro

We all owe Mexican actress Itatí Cantoral so much.

Without her, Soraya Montenegro wouldn’t exist. And without Soraya Montenegro, this iconic scene from María la del Barrio wouldn’t exist.

And neither would some of your favorite memes:

Credit: Televisa
Credit: Televisa

Unfortunately for Ms. Cantoral, she’s become a lightning rod for gossip and criticism. Earlier this month, Mexicans buzzed about Cantoral possibly being drunk on the TV talk show Hoy.

Cantoral made a Paula Abdul-esque appearance on the show, where, at times, it wasn’t totally clear if she had one too many or just hated the guts of everyone on the show.

You can watch the cringe-inducing interview here:

Credit: Hoy / YouTube

Days later, Cantoral began trending for a different reason. According to TV Notas, Cantoral took a group of orphans – some of them blind – to experience the play Annie. 

Credit: El_Universal_Mx / Twitter

The play is called Anita la Huerfanita in Mexico.

And apparently, lots of people thought it was dumb to take orphans to see a play about an orphan. So the memes began:

Followed by joke after joke:

Cantoral said the trip to the theater was set up by her newly-created foundation that seeks to help orphaned children. TV news anchor Joaquín López-Dóriga said people should help the orphans instead of making jokes about the situation.

Basically, Cantoral and López-Dóriga had this message for everyone:

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