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Here’s What Went Down On “Conan Without Borders: Mexico”

After weeks of teasing the “Conan Without Borders: Mexico” show on his social media accounts, O’Brien’s special episode from Mexico City finally aired earlier this week. Throughout the show, it was clear that Conan’s mission was not to bring a taste of the U.S. to Mexico, but to show his viewers there’s more to Mexico’s people and culture than what they hear in political rhetoric. In an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, O’Brien said his time in Los Angeles had already exposed him to some Mexican culture: “I live in Los Angeles, and Mexicans are a regular part of our lives. They’re incredibly hardworking, they’re funny, they’re terrific. They’ve brought so much to the culture. They are the culture of California.” Here’s what went down on “Conan Without Borders: Mexico.”

In the cold open, Conan made his way into Mexico by crossing the border…

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…and a search of his suitcase revealed he was carrying lots of this product:

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SPF 85. ?

As you can see, from the lighting down to the set, Conan’s show definitely looked like in was made in Mexico.

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That’s because his show was filmed at Mexican TV giant Televisa.

After introducing his house band, Norteño band Calibre .50…

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… Conan did the rest of his monologue en Español. Here, he reveals the nickname Mexicans use to describe him.

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O’Brien, no stranger to appearing in soap operas, then made a guest appearance on the telenovela “Mi Adorable Maldición.”

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He showed incredible range, quickly going from (goofily) expressing anger to (goofily) turning on the charm.

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Conan’s first guest was Diego Luna, star of “Rogue One.”

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After poking fun at Conan’s hair…

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.. the two shared shots of mezcal.

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Luna then talked about his very first sex scene as an actor, which happened before he had sex in real life. “You know, you, probably, when you go, ‘When was the first time I had sex?’ You have to remember, you go to these memories… I can just rent a film.”

He also spoke about a young woman in San Diego who wrote a viral post about her father’s love for “Rogue One.”  Luna said it was very humbling to know that a Mexican immigrant was able to watch him in “Rogue One,” accent and all, and relate to Luna’s character.

O’Brien then met with luchador Cassandro to learn the ropes of lucha libre.

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And he revealed his alter ego, El Gallo Loco.

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Next up was former Mexican president Vicente Fox, who arrived bearing gifts. Staying completely on brand, he gave Conan a pair of black boots emblazoned with the phrase “No F***ing Wall.”

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Fox then explained why President Trump’s comments about Mexicans, and Trump’s desire to build a border wall, made him so angry.

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Fox said that those who migrate from Mexico to the U.S. deserve more respect: “They’re decent, honest and they contribute to the greatness of that nation.”

Conan also threw on a white tuxedo to attend the quinceañera of a young lady named Marisol. In a speech, which he read in Spanish, Conan thanked Marisol for making him a padrino.

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Then they cut the cake and shared a dance together.

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Marisol looked *somewhat* excited to share the spotlight with O’Brien on her big day.

O’Brien also tried playing a little fútbol, but the locals proved too skilled for him.

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So he brought a friend to even things out.

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His friend? Giovani Dos Santos, one of the stars of the Mexican national team and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The locals were impressed.

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And, of course, the ringer made a difference, helping Conan and his team finally get a taste of victory.

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Once they were done kicking the ball around, Dos Santos presented Conan with a Mexico jersey.

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Dos Santos: “When Mexico plays the United States, you have to wear this. OK?”

At the close of the show, O’Brien thanked his Mexican crew for their hard work and expressed how much he enjoyed his stay in Mexico.

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“I think we could do a whole month here. This has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life,” said O’Brien.


Watch full clips of Conan’s Mexico trip @ Team Coco’s YouTube and teamcoco.com.

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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