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Will Mexican Fans Ever Stop The ‘P••o’ Chant At Soccer Games?

If you’ve ever watched a fútbol match featuring Mexico’s national team or a club team from Mexico, you’re probably familiar with this chant:

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Yep, the popular “Ehhhhhhhh… p**o” chant used to taunt goalkeepers. It’s been around for a little more than a decade.

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According to Mediotiempo.com, the chant began gaining traction in the early 2000s, when fans of Guadalajara’s Atlas FC turned a harmless “Ehhhh… PUM” chant into the one you hear today. Eventually, the chant spread and became ubiquitous at games featuring Mexico’s national team.

Mexico fans gleefully used the chant at the 2014 World Cup and EVERYONE noticed. Here’s a clip from Mexico vs. Brazil:

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The whole world was watching, and the chant was audible during broadcasts of the matches. Soon, fans from other countries began asking themselves, “What’s with the ‘p**o’ chant?”

After hearing the chant from Mexico fans, Brazil’s fans began using the chant to taunt Mexico’s goalkeeper.

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And thanks to the World Cup, the chant even made its way to Japan.

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During the tournament, many people criticized Mexico fans for using a “homophobic chant.”

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Many pointed out that the word p**o, slang for “male prostitute,” is rooted in homophobia. In many countries, it’s used the same way as f****t. Mike Woitalla of Soccer America magazine told NPR: “The Mexican team is playing wonderful soccer, and their fans are traditionally wonderful fans, and right now, with this chant, they are bringing shame upon themselves.” Mexicans argued that in the context of the chant, the word p**o was just an insult – like the word “f****r” – and not meant to be homophobic.  FIFA, which investigated Mexico’s use of the chant, eventually agreed. FIFA officials declared that the chant “was not considered insulting in the specific context.”

This year, Mexico got a rude awakening – the Mexican soccer federation was fined $20,000 by FIFA after fans used the chant during a Mexico vs. El Salvador World Cup qualifying match.

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After being cleared in 2014, Mexico fans assumed the debate was over. But Mexico, along with Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay, were fined earlier this year for using “insulting and discriminatory chants.”

Although federation officials said they would appeal the fine, Mexico’s federation president, Decio de Maria, recently told reporters that Mexico should work to eliminate the chant from games.

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In a press conference, de Maria said that it didn’t matter whether the chant is homophobic or not: “At the end of the day, it’s a chant that insults someone. I think as a society, we shouldn’t do that.”

READ: Here’s Why Rob Schneider Loves Mexican Soccer So Much

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

Pokémon fans in Latin America are mourning the death of Diana Pérez, the Spanish-language voice of Jessie of Pokémon’s Team Rocket. The voice actress has been voicing the character since 1997.

Diana Pérez, the voice actress of Team Rocket’s Jessie, died at 51.

Lalo Garza, a famed voice actor in Mexico, confirmed the death of the Pokémon voice actress.

“Rest in peace Diana Pérez, a strong, cultured, intelligent, and very talented woman. You are good now, friend. Nothing hurts anymore. Have a good trip,” reads the tweet.

Pérez has been a staple in the Spanish-language Pokémon fandom for decades.

Pérez was more than just he voice of Jessie. The voice actress was the voice of multiple anime characters including Luffy in One Piece and Kagura in Inuyasha. In recent years, Pérez had started branching out to directing, producing, and other branches in the entertainment industry.

Pérez’s death is being mourned by Pokémon fans outside of the Spanish-language fandom.

Sarah Natochenny is the English voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series, Jessie’s mortal enemy. The death of Pérez has impacted the larger Pokémon community. Pérez was a pivotal part of the Latin American Pokémon community for decades and her loss has devastated fans.

Descansa en paz, Diana.

There have been no plans announced for a replacement to voice Team Rocket’s Jessie. No official cause of death has been released either. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pérez’s family and the greater Pokémon community mourning her passing.

READ: I Was Today Years Old When I Found Out This Mexican Pokémon

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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Look out Bad Bunny. There’s another breed of bunny in town that’s taking the internet by storm. A college student in Mexico recently went viral for the oddest thing. He has genetically engineered a strain of rabbits to be the largest in the world.

21-year-old Kiro Yakin has become a viral sensation after internet users have seen him with pictures of the giant bunnies he genetically engineered.

Yakin, a student at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla on the Xicotepec campus, is studying veterinary and animal husbandry. He began his experimentation by breeding two unique rabbit types together. The Flemish Giant rabbit and other, longer-eared bunnies that Yakin happened to notice. As a result, his monster-bunny was born.

According to Yakin, his experimental bunnies grow up to 22 pounds  Flemish Giant, while the average Flemish giant weighs 15 pounds. But make no mistake, Yakin’s bunny experiment was no accident. “It takes an average of 3 to 4 years to reproduce this giant species,” he told Sintesis.

Yakin’s ultimate goal is to breed a rabbit that can grow up to 30 pounds. “I am currently studying genetics to see how to grow this breed of giant rabbits more,” he said.

Yakin, who has had a soft spot for rabbits since he was a child (pun intended), now cares for a whopping fifty giant rabbits out of his parents’ home.

Luckily, his parents are supportive enough of his dream that they support their son (and his bunnies) financially. “I have the financial support and support of my parents to buy food a week for all 50 giant rabbits,” Yakin told Sintesis.

But he also admitted his project has a long way to go. “So far I have not set aside the time or budget that is required to start the project more seriously,” he said.

The only thing that’s preventing Yakin from committing all his time and energy to creating even bigger bunnies is–what else?–money.

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Although he already submitted a proposal to his university to try and expand his research, as of now, he is self-financed. However, Yakin makes a bit of extra cash by selling the giant bunnies to private customers.

His ultimate goal though, is to open up a large, professional farm where he can breed and cross-breed his bunnies to his heart’s content.

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