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One Dodger Clown’s Mission to Help L.A.’s Homeless

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This clown’s charity work is nothing to laugh about.

Say hello to Hiccups Payaso. He’s arguably the No. 1 Dodgers fan in LA.

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The season pass holder makes an effort to be at every home game cheering on his favorite team.

He’s a crowd favorite and is kind of a big deal at Dodger Stadium.

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He’s even become a bobblehead.

He’s also an incredible philanthropist.

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Since 2013, Hiccups Payaso has been helping the homeless on LA’s Skid Row.

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He organizes clothing drives to give Skid Row residents new clothes.

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And through his Hiccups Pizza Project, he makes sure that everyone has something to eat.

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Don’t worry. There’s also water and fruit.

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And Hiccups Payso never asks for anything in return, other than help from more community members.

Hiccups Pizza Project’s goal is to help 350 people per event.

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Hiccups Payaso, who prefers to keep his real name private, can be found on LA’s Skid Row the last Sunday of every month.

Kudos, dude.

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Even the little ones are getting involved.

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One of Hiccups’ biggest reasons for this work is to give children a chance to experience what it is like helping those in need.


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Mad respect, Hiccups.

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When he isn’t at a game or Skid Row, dude visits the Children’s Hospital LA.

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His selflessness is something to admire.

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Thank you, Hiccups. You are making LA better one Sunday at a time. Keep it up!

“Some people are very grateful; some people are embarrassed, but most people that are getting in line to get something for free are in line because there’s a need,” Hiccups Payaso said in an interview. “But you just got to come out here with an open mind and remember that everything we have: a roof, a key to our car or our house, a job. We shouldn’t take for granted because there are some people who don’t have absolutely nothing in the world.”

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The Daily Show’ Tried To Use The Term ‘Latinx’ And People Weren’t Happy About It

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The Daily Show’ Tried To Use The Term ‘Latinx’ And People Weren’t Happy About It

Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic? You’ve heard all of those terms before, and you have, of course, also heard the arguments that come over their use. Nowadays, many younger generations of Latinx folks decide to opt for “Latinx” because it’s more inclusive but there are still others who haven’t fully accepted or adopted this term in their daily lives. 

Many people who are of Mexican, Argentinian, Cuban, Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan (and many other countries!) descent, have a difficult time coming agreeing to one term that everyone can identify as. 

But that’s the point of having different opinions and experiences, so it’s important to learn more about one’s history and also be open to another’s point of view.

Reddit user u/Aldopeck posted a status on the thread r/stupidpol posted about the Daily Show trying to use “Latinx to seem woke to Spanish people. All the Latinos in the comment section react saying ‘Latinx’ is a bullshit term that’s never going to be a thing.” 

Many people have also tried to make sense of whether Latino, Latinx or Hispanic is any “better” or “more inclusive” of a term. For example, last year, Remezcla published an extensive article on a brief but thorough history of how these words originated.  “Through my conversations and research into the background of these terms, it became clear that the origins and evolution of what we call ourselves is as complicated as our history in the United States,” writes Yara Simón for Remezcla on the topic

“We’ll probably never find a perfect term, especially as some prefer to identify as their (or their family’s) country of origin.”

Arturo Castro went on the Daily Show last month to talk to Trevor Noah about his latest sketch show “Alternatino.” In the segment, Castro spoke to Noah about how difficult it was to juggle his characters from “Broad City” and “Narcos.” But he also talked about his heritage and how his experiences as a Latino influence his work. 

“You know, being Latino, everybody sort of expects you to be, like, suave, you know, and really like spicy food or be really good at dancing,” Castro said. “I really like matcha, you know?”

But regardless of his matcha-loving ways, Castro is very intentional about uplifting his community (he’s from Guatemala) and isn’t one to shy away from major issues affecting people of color through his Comedy Central sketch show, “Alternatino.” For example, earlier this week, Comedy Central aired an episode of “Alternatino” that includes a mass-shooting-themed sketch

In “The Daily Show” interview, Noah then asks Castro, “what do you think some of the biggest misconceptions are about being Latino that you’ve come across in America that you try and debunk in the show?” 

To which Castro replies, “Well, you know, there’s this thing about being ultra-violent or being lazy. Like, you know, the most common misconception is about Latino immigrants being lazy. Where I find Latino immigrants to be some of the hardest-working people in the world, right?” 

While Arturo Castro dropped some gems during the interview, notice that his quotes all referred to his community and himself as “Latino”? Well, when The Daily Show shared a promotional post on Facebook about the interview, they used the term “Latinx” and people were not happy about it.

“Arturo Castro pokes fun at Latinx stereotypes on his new sketch series, “Alternatino,” the social team for The Daily Show wrote on Facebook. 

It didn’t take long for the backlash to pop up in the comments section.

Users were quick to comment on the use of the term Latinx, and criticize the show for inserting the word into Castro’s quote.

While the argument about whether one should use Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic is still up in the air, people can’t help but have opinions about it. 

A reddit user argued that “you can’t really say [Latinx] in Spanish. I mean you can ‘Latin-equis’ but nobody does. The whole thing just reeks of white liberal wokeness being imposed on a community of smelly unfortunates. If they’re so concerned with gendered languages why don’t they do the same thing with French, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.?” 

But other Facebook commenters weren’t going to let people off the hook for criticizing The Daily Show’s use of “Latinx” in their promotion. 

As one Facebook user pointed out, “not everyone identifies as binary male/female…hence the use of Latinx…it is for people who can’t or won’t identify as either. If you don’t like Latinx then don’t use it…see how simple that was?”

So, what’s it going to be? Latinx, Latino, or Hispanic? This social outrage also begs the question, if someone didn’t refer to themselves as “Latinx,” then should you omit the use of that term completely? Should brands be thinking harder about this before they hit post? 

You tell us! Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Dodgers Star Pitcher, Julio Urias, Spent The Night In Jail After Shoving A Woman To The Ground And People Are Disgusted

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Dodgers Star Pitcher, Julio Urias, Spent The Night In Jail After Shoving A Woman To The Ground And People Are Disgusted

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Julio Urías is out on bail after being arrested for alleged domestic violence. Fans are upset to learn that the young man was arrested. The incident was reported by a witness who claimed that Urías knocked a woman to the ground. Here is what we know so far about the arrest and accusations.

The 22-year-old was arrested at 9:30 p.m. after a witness called the police in fear for a woman’s safety at a shopping mall.

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According to TMZ, the witness saw Urías in the parking lot of the Beverly Center arguing with a woman before he “shoved her to the ground.” TMZ reports that several witnesses were adamant that they saw Urías push the woman.

Security footage from the parking garage appears to back up eyewitness accounts.

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That video footage has not been released yet. The evidence was enough to prompt the LAPD to arrest Urías and book him for misdemeanor domestic battery.

He spent last night in county jail before he posted his $20,000 bail.

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Fans reacted to the news that Urías, who had overcome so many odds to make it to the Major Leagues, was charged for domestic violence. Many took to Twitter to let out their frustrations.

A survivor of domestic violence made a point that public displays of violence are often worse at home.

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There have been no other reports of domestic violence charges against Urías. This survivor is speculating based on her own experience.

The victim told the police that the incident was not violent.

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It’s common for victims of domestic violence to deny abuse or feel that they are responsible for the crimes of their abuser. Some fans are pointing out that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, as our judicial system and society dictate.

One fan thinks that the media is attacking Urías without cause.

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“Have you seen the video fo Julio Urías committing “domestic violence”? I see that everyone is already crucifying him because of a story from one white source source,” @JorgeEduardooA tweeted. “It’s always Mexicans supporting Mexicans.”

While the video has not been released to the public, the LAPD officials seem to think that it’s enough to charge Urías. Fans want to see and decide for themselves.

The incident is sparking heated debates online.

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This user made a joke that went mildly viral and folks are commenting on how inappropriate it is to make jokes about domestic violence under any circumstance.

People are calling for the same kind of energy against Urías as other sports figures accused of abuse in the past.

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The Dodgers released the following statement in response:


“We learned about the alleged incident this morning and are in the process of gathering information. As a result, we have no comment at this time regarding the incident. However, every allegation of domestic violence must be taken seriously and addressed promptly, and we will cooperate fully with the authorities and Major League Baseball to ensure that that happens in this case.”

Needless to say, fans are devastated for a number of reasons.

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Urías played for the Mexican National Team since he was 10 years old and was scouted by the minor leagues when he was just 14 years old.

Some are angry that Urías may have just thrown his career away for something unforgiveable.

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The MLB has a domestic violence policy that would require a suspension from the league for this kind of behavior. MLB suspended San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer after video footage was released of him pushing his wife to the ground.

Some are taking the opportunity to discuss the impact of America’s xenophobia on young boys.

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While the President’s campaign message that Mexican immigrants are violent rapists doesn’t excuse that behavior (much like it doesn’t excuse the hate crimes associated with that message), Twitter wants to talk about how America has culturally produced this behavior.

No Mexican madre condones treating any woman like this.

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Domestic violence is not new to Latino culture. It is embedded in our own culture, while simultaneously combatted by the Latina women in our lives.

This is a developing story. Check back with mitú for updates.

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