Remember that video? You know, the one with “rich Mexican girls” snorting cocaine and daring their friends to do the “little pass challenge”? It was all a joke. Yup. One big, fat, accidental, Internet joke.
Vice recently spoke to Ber, the first girl who’s video went viral, and got the 411. “It was a bad joke in a WhatsApp chat that got taken completely out of context,” she told Vice. “I know I’m the one to blame and I never should have recorded that video.”
This video of her snorting cocaine first went viral amongst her friends, then social media-wide and finally became a trending news story after “‘The Cocaine Challenge’: The Latest Trend Among Rich Mexican Girls” was published by SDP Noticias. A milieu of other news agencies published stories based on the SDP article without even interviewing the people who appeared in the videos, according to Ber.
Ber is now reaping the consequences of partaking in drug-fueled extracurricular activities and recording them. Her “reputation is going down the drain thanks to a moment of stupidity; all because of a joke between friends that got blown out of proportion.”
Despite all the craziness happening around the world, social media isn’t just a place to share negative, depressing, or heartbreaking news. It’s also a place to share heartwarming news.
Case in point: Raymundo.
The Internet is overflowing with tears thanks to a viral video showing a young man so excited he got hired at a local movie theatre that he breaks down crying.
Translation: This is Raymundo, a young man with a disability who is very happy. The reason? He was hired @Cinepolis in #Monterrey. Do you know what’s best? He wants the money to help at home. 🏅Ray’s a champion!
Raymundo’s mamá filmed him as he came out of the interview (obviously knowing her hijo would get the job) and the result is 100% pure emotion. Karina Garza, Raymundo’s mother, was able to capture the joy of her son as he shared the exciting news that he had been hired by Cinépolis.
In the video, which has quickly gone viral, Karina asks her son “what happened?” to what Raymundo, on the verge of crying, responded “Mom, I am very happy because they hired me…And I’m very happy to work and to contribute at home.”
The video quickly went viral on the Internet and has already made many people cry because there are thousands and thousands of comments showing their support for Raymundo.
Omg, I’m not crying, you’re crying!
Seriously, try and tell me you’re not feeling all the feels.
Raymundo’s mother also took to the Internet to express her gratitude to the theatre chain, Cinépolis.
The boy’s mother thanked Cinépolis, noting that they didn’t just give a young man a job, they gave him the opportunity to help his family and to feel productive.
She added: “Friends with business and recruiters, I want you to know that YOUR DECISIONS CHANGE LIVES! For many, it may simply be covering a vacancy, but for us families you are changing the future and the life of a human being, giving hope to people who have the desire to be productive, to contribute to their home, and to be better.”
So far, the video has more than 2 million views and 76,000 reactions, in addition to thousands of comments that congratulate Raymundo and Cinépolis for being an example of labor inclusion.
Translation: That is real inclusion!
Twitter has been full of warm wishes of success and, of course, pure emotion!
Translation: ‼️ Bravo Raymundo, bravo, bravo ‼️ A lot of success and keep on moving forward without giving up, young people like you deserve everything… 😁
And many took this has a truly encouraging sign that progress is being made in Mexico for people with disabilities.
Translation: Bravo! Let’s hear it for this young man’s mom. And of course to Cinépolis for its inclusion. Like this Mexico, we advance!
Cinépolis confirmed they had hired Raymundo while also noting that he’s just one of many people with a disability the company has hired.
Translation: It’s not just Raymundo! Cinépolis has hired 400 people with disabilities.
The chain Cinépolis, confirmed Raymundo was not a unique case. In fact, in the last 24 months, Cinépolis has hired around 400 people who have some form of disability. It should be noted that according to the International Labor Organization, there are 1.8 billion people in the world with disabilities.
This means that both single mothers, pregnant women, those with disabilities, elderly people and even those who are part of the LGBT community are more than welcome to the company.
On its website, Cinépolis takes pride in its diversity: “Cinépolis is a company that is in favor of diversity and inclusion. We know that a diverse team enriches the operation and can give sensitivity to the rest of the population.”
In fact, Cinépolis is making it a point to hire the country’s most at-risk populations.
The theatre chain has made it their mission to reach out and hire pregnant women, single mothers, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, the elderly, people living with HIV, and members of the LGBTQ community.
According to Mexico’s National Council For Preventing Discrimination (CONAPRED), these groups of people are at the greatest risk of workplace discrimination. Therefore, Cinépolis is working hard to make sure to incorporate them into their workforce.
In a statement, Cinépolis said: “An employment relationship must always be fair. It is a paid exchange for a service offered by a person to a company and both parties can truly benefit from the said agreement, however, it is not all about money.”
The group performed for their families last Monday during a ceremony for the Secretariat of Education of Tamaulipas. Playing drums, shaking tambourines and dancing to the beat, the Kindergartners hyped up their audience with the lively show.
Thanks to a video of the performance, the world has been introduced to these talented Kindergartners and their spirited conductor, Oxana Thaili.
Little Oxana’s energy has made her the break-out star of these viral performances. Some viewers even dubbed her “Alondrita de la Parra,” a play on the famous Mexican-American conductor Alondra de la Parra. However, Oxana doesn’t just conduct. At points in their songs, the little maestro joins in on the singing, making us fall in love with her even more!
Accompanied by their music teacher Abraham Gómez on the synthesizer, the Kindergartners played several Mexican classics. Their interpretations of “La Banda Dominguera” and “El Manicero” have especially been applauded by audiences around the world.
The reactions from Latinx Twitter show just how far their performances have reached.
This Twitter user pointed out that young Oxana definitely has a future career in conducting.
Some pointed out that the effervescent mood from the Kindergartners is contagious.
We have to agree! Oxana’s energy helps to keep her fellow Kindergartners on beat and their united vibe is infectious.
The video even made it to composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Even the award-winning Broadway star can see Oxana’s talent and potential. High praise, indeed!
Oxana and her group are definitely giving us hope for the future generations.
This Twitter user reminds us that Oxana and her generation deserve a much better Earth than we are leaving them. Perhaps their songs can encourage us all to do better.
Even though we love their performances, we have to give you one warning before viewing.
Their songs are bound to get stuck in your head from constant replay. Still, it’s a risk worth taking to watch these Kindergartners perform.
Watch the full clip!
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