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This Is The Expectation Vs. Reality Of Latinos Who Don’t Speak English Well

Sex sells. That never changes. What changes, however, is what we consider sexy. Take this Las Vegas tourism commercial, in which we see three, limited-English speaking Latinas experiencing a sexy night on the town thanks to some nice Vegas men, who aren’t at all trying to take advantage of this language barrier.

Credit: Visit Las Vegas/YouTube

This, of course, has us scratching our heads. In today’s political climate, showing Latinos who can’t speak the language is a quick way to get people’s blood boiling (and not in a sexy way) about topics like immigration. But that’s how sexy advertising works. To show you what we mean, let’s take a quick look at the subtle differences between the fantasy advertisers sell to us and our reality.

On television, sexy non-English speaking Latinas be like:

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In reality, non-English speaking Latinos be like:

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On television, sexy non-English speaking Latinas be like:

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Credit: Visit Las Vegas / Giphy / YouTube

In reality, non-English speaking Latinos be like:

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On television, sexy non-English speaking Latinas be like:

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Credit: Visit Las Vegas / Giphy / YouTube

In reality, non-English speaking Latinos be like:

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On television, sexy non-English speaking Latinas be like:

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Credit: Visit Las Vegas / Giphy / YouTube

In reality, non-English speaking Latinos be like:

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As you can see from the previous examples, the differences between advertising and reality are subtle, but consistent. The next time you see a commercial, whether it’s selling bottled water or a political candidate, we hope you’ll take a more critical look at what’s being sold to you.


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This Poem Is For Anyone Who Has Ever Had Their Name Butchered And Apologized For It

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This Poem Is For Anyone Who Has Ever Had Their Name Butchered And Apologized For It

All Def Poetry / YouTube

These women have had enough with changing their names to make it easier for the world. They’re fed up with saying their name in a different way so it’s easier to fit other people’s tongue. Slay, ladies.

We have all been on this end of trying to teach someone our name.

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There is nothing to apologize for when you have a name that is interwoven and connected to your mother tongue. Stop apologizing. Those who cannot pronounce it should apologize for mispronouncing it. Amiright?

As younger Latinos we whitewashed our speech, but why?

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What is wrong with saying mami? What is wrong with pronouncing Jessica like Yesika? Nothing, that’s what.

If they think you’re being difficult, let them know that it is your name, NOT a suggestion.

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“…when I ask for someone to say my whole name, every syllable of it, as if I should apologize for the work that it takes. BUT WHY?”

“My name is all that I have to call my own!”

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*SCREAMS NAME IN SPANISH*

Check out the full poem below and get ready to cheer and scream as you love and embrace tu nombre!

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READ: This Latina Poet Just Owned What It Means to Love Your Accent

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