The first Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, shed light on each of the candidate’s views on topics such as America’s direction, securing the country, and Alicia Machado. That’s right, Alicia Machado.
In the debate, which was moderated by Lester Holt, Clinton brought up the story of the Venezuelan beauty queen who won Miss Universe in 1996 and reminded audiences of Trump’s previous comments on women.
“One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest – he loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them – and he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy,’ then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping’ because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado. And she has become a US citizen and you can bet she is going to vote this November,” Clinton stated.
Following the discussion, things have been looking pretty good for the Democratic Party.
In fact, Google searches for “voter registration” have surged since the first debate, with the highest rates taking place in Hispanic areas like Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona and Florida, according the The New York Times. The Times also notes that just a month before the first debate, registration searches were highest in the predominantly white, Northern states.
They are calling this strong connection between the Hispanic population and recent voter registration searchers “The Alicia Machado Effect.”
After the debate, Machado became a trending topic on the Internet and appeared on renowned TV networks such as NBC, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Univision and more.
Although Google Trends data does not necessarily confirm that there will be a huge wave of Latinos registering to vote, The Times states that “newly register voters have tended to be more Hispanic than in past years.”
Few artists have reached the level of fame as Frida Kahlo. The Mexican painter is more than an artist. Kahlo is a point of cultural pride that transcends nationality within the Latino community and unites Latino art lovers in their le of Latin American art. Now, Google, in the time of self-isolation, is giving everyone a chance to learn about the iconic painter.
Google wants to give everyone a chance to learn about Frida Kahlo with its online “Faces of Frida” exhibit.
Anyone who visits the “Face of Frida” exhibit can browse through the artist’s incredible paintings. Kahlo is one of the most influential artists the world has ever known. Her fame and people’s admiration continue to this day with tributes still appearing around the world for the Mexican artist.
Viewers can decide which museum’s Frida Kahlo collection they want to explore.
The exhibit is made possible by 32 museums from around the world collaborating to show Frida Kahlo’s impressive and iconic works of art. Museums across four continents shared Kahlo piece from their exhibits with Google to create an exhibit showing more than 800 paintings. Some of the museums include Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico, Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the United States, Nagoya City Art Museum in Japan, Fundación MAPFRE in Spain, and Buenos Aires Graffiti in Argentina.
The interactive exhibit is perfect for all Frida Kahlo and art lovers alike. While 3.4 billion people in the world are on lockdown orders, the incredible virtual exhibit of Kahlo’s work gives people a chance to see works of art they haven’t been able to visit yet.
The exhibit is easy to navigate and some of Kahlo’s works have been collected into their own themed galleries.
Kahlo is most famous for using her own life as the inspiration for her works of art. The artist often played with the themes of pain and death due to her own near-death experiences. Her tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera influenced Kahlo’s work depending on where they were in their relationship. The couple was notorious for taking extra-marital lovers throughout their marriage.
“Faces of Frida” also offers art fans a chance to learn about Kahlo through editorial features.
Kahlo was one of the most revolutionary women in the world. She moved through space unimpeded by society’s views on her gender and place in society. She was politically engaged and held onto a list of values that many still argue over today. Namely, there have been discussions and think pieces about the sudden commercialized usage of Kahlo’s image and what she might have to say about it. As someone who was opposed to capitalism, it seems safe to say she might not have appreciated herself being used for capitalistic gains.
Google searches have become a sort of cultural thermometer that tell us what people are interested in, their fears, likes and dislikes. Based on Google’s report on the Year in Search, we found evidence that Latino culture is alive and well, and is part of the mainstream even though some try to deny it! Here’s some of the Latino-related themes that made the top five in several categories.
The Copa America, Latin America’s own World Cup like soccer tournament, was the 5th most searched term in “News” in the United States.
Yeah, you might think that soccer is not mainstream in the United States, but it is extremely important for Latinos. And the Copa America pins national teams against each other, so rivalries are born and revived. Do you go for Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia? We can imagine hundreds upon hundreds of compadres enjoying the tournament together, or fathers and sons spending some time together as the beautiful game unveils on the screen.
David “Big Papi” Ortiz was the third most searched athlete in the United States.
The Dominican star for the Boston Red Sox is revered by Latino and non-Latino fans, who read the news in disbelief: Ortiz was battling for his life after having been shot in Santo Domingo. He survived the attack after undergoing numerous surgeries and receiving support from his adoptive city of Boston. Long live King David! He is fine now and has even returned to the Dominican Republic for one of the many charity events that he is involved in. He got a new lease on life and we are happy for him.
Cardi B’s bub was the fifth most searched baby… Baby Yoda was first, of course.
And of course Cardi B and Offset’s daughter was super searched. We mean, she is a Kultural Icon.. get it? Her name is Kulture, we didn’t misspell “culture” people! (before grammar snobs blast us!). Cardi B has become a symbol not only for Latinas, but for women in general: she is always herself, le guste a quien le guste.
Cardi B was also the second most searched red carpet personality of the year! Shake it, honey!
Our girl Cardi B had a great year by being her outrageous, gorgeous, controversial self. At the Met Gala red carpet she wowed everyone with a dress that was part kitsch and part British royalty. Te amamos. Her extravagance is unique… and stylish in her own way.
Mexico was the fifth most popular tourist destination! Yes, it is safe to visit.
Yes, the country is living one of its most dangerous periods ever when it comes to cartel violence, but touristy areas remain largely safe and Mexico City has established itself as a cultural hub unlike any other. Places like Oaxaca and Chiapas keep an ancient indigenous charm that is hard to resist. Mexico remains a great place to visit and Google search results indicate a steady interest in the United States’ southern neighbor.
The powerful “When They See Us” was the third most searched TV show, and it triggered discussions around the rights of Brown and Black communities.
The show recalled the Central Park Five, a group of young Black and Brown kids who were unjustly blamed for the bashing of a white woman in Central Park and became the face of racial and systematic discrimination in America. The show was spearheaded by Ava DuVernay and given the thumbs up by Oprah Winfrey, which perhaps gave it a big push. We need more shows like this, which look at the past to teach us about the present and help us build a more inclusive future.
Chiquis Rivera’s wedding was one of the most sought after of the year.
The wedding was a happy occasion for Jeni Rivera’s daughter, but also had a share of scandal. It was supposed to be a private event, but the Univision show “El Gordo y la Flaca” released the location of the bodorrio, so a mob of reporters inconvenienced the couple and their guests. Things got violent between reporters and security staff. And the wedding became a viral sensation among US Latinos.
In Spanish-speaking Google, the most sought after movie was Roma.
The movie was this close to becoming Best Picture in the 2019 Academy Awards, for which it won Best Director and Best Cinematography. It also sparked debate around race and class in Mexico, were the topics are taboo.
And the most looked after “How” was “How to learn English quick?” or “Como aprender ingles rapido?”
We hate to break it to you, but there is no easy way, mijos.
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