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This Billboard Was Pulled For Its Tone Deaf “Hispanics” Slogan

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A billboard in Yakima, Washington, is drawing criticism for its attempt to appeal to “Hispanics.”


The billboard, featuring the smiling faces of several “Hispanics,” claims: “We don’t need pot to have fun. We’re Hispanics… We’re cool by default.” ?

According to the AP, the billboard was the brainchild of 60 middle and high school-aged students in the Yakima area — it’s not clear if Latino students were involved — who were part of a campaign to help keep those cool *ahem* Hispanics from falling into the uncool clutches of marijuana.

The billboard was part of the anti-drug campaign #listen2yourselfie.


Several people took to Twitter to criticize the billboard for being super tone deaf.


So, if you’re not Hispanic, does that mean you’re not cool? Do young people still say “pot”? Would a group of young Latinos even say something like, “We’re Hispanics”? The billboard might have done well to avoid generalizing an entire ethnicity for the sake of a public service message.


For many people, the word “Hispanic” (a word created by the government in the 1980s) is a too loaded.


At the very least, the word excludes those who are, or identify as, Latino. Let’s be honest, the issue of Hispanic vs Latino requires a very nuanced and thoughtful conversation, which is well beyond the scope of any billboard. Unless the billboard was written in type 10 font, and maybe not even then.

And the billboard also uses the word “cool,” which is about as cringe-inducing as when parents try to be hip while giving the sex talk.

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When used in that way, the word “cool” is so uncool it sounds like it was also invented by the government.

The Washington Health department has since removed the billboard, the Yakima Herald reported.


It’s hard to determine whether the billboard was offensive, lame, or so lame that it was offensive, or so offensive that it was lame.

So here’s the question everyone wants an answer to…


READ: Marijuana Is About To Be Legalized For Uruguayan Citizens

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The Daily Show’ Tried To Use The Term ‘Latinx’ And People Weren’t Happy About It

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The Daily Show’ Tried To Use The Term ‘Latinx’ And People Weren’t Happy About It

Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic? You’ve heard all of those terms before, and you have, of course, also heard the arguments that come over their use. Nowadays, many younger generations of Latinx folks decide to opt for “Latinx” because it’s more inclusive but there are still others who haven’t fully accepted or adopted this term in their daily lives. 

Many people who are of Mexican, Argentinian, Cuban, Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan (and many other countries!) descent, have a difficult time coming agreeing to one term that everyone can identify as. 

But that’s the point of having different opinions and experiences, so it’s important to learn more about one’s history and also be open to another’s point of view.

Reddit user u/Aldopeck posted a status on the thread r/stupidpol posted about the Daily Show trying to use “Latinx to seem woke to Spanish people. All the Latinos in the comment section react saying ‘Latinx’ is a bullshit term that’s never going to be a thing.” 

Many people have also tried to make sense of whether Latino, Latinx or Hispanic is any “better” or “more inclusive” of a term. For example, last year, Remezcla published an extensive article on a brief but thorough history of how these words originated.  “Through my conversations and research into the background of these terms, it became clear that the origins and evolution of what we call ourselves is as complicated as our history in the United States,” writes Yara Simón for Remezcla on the topic

“We’ll probably never find a perfect term, especially as some prefer to identify as their (or their family’s) country of origin.”

Arturo Castro went on the Daily Show last month to talk to Trevor Noah about his latest sketch show “Alternatino.” In the segment, Castro spoke to Noah about how difficult it was to juggle his characters from “Broad City” and “Narcos.” But he also talked about his heritage and how his experiences as a Latino influence his work. 

“You know, being Latino, everybody sort of expects you to be, like, suave, you know, and really like spicy food or be really good at dancing,” Castro said. “I really like matcha, you know?”

But regardless of his matcha-loving ways, Castro is very intentional about uplifting his community (he’s from Guatemala) and isn’t one to shy away from major issues affecting people of color through his Comedy Central sketch show, “Alternatino.” For example, earlier this week, Comedy Central aired an episode of “Alternatino” that includes a mass-shooting-themed sketch

In “The Daily Show” interview, Noah then asks Castro, “what do you think some of the biggest misconceptions are about being Latino that you’ve come across in America that you try and debunk in the show?” 

To which Castro replies, “Well, you know, there’s this thing about being ultra-violent or being lazy. Like, you know, the most common misconception is about Latino immigrants being lazy. Where I find Latino immigrants to be some of the hardest-working people in the world, right?” 

While Arturo Castro dropped some gems during the interview, notice that his quotes all referred to his community and himself as “Latino”? Well, when The Daily Show shared a promotional post on Facebook about the interview, they used the term “Latinx” and people were not happy about it.

“Arturo Castro pokes fun at Latinx stereotypes on his new sketch series, “Alternatino,” the social team for The Daily Show wrote on Facebook. 

It didn’t take long for the backlash to pop up in the comments section.

Users were quick to comment on the use of the term Latinx, and criticize the show for inserting the word into Castro’s quote.

While the argument about whether one should use Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic is still up in the air, people can’t help but have opinions about it. 

A reddit user argued that “you can’t really say [Latinx] in Spanish. I mean you can ‘Latin-equis’ but nobody does. The whole thing just reeks of white liberal wokeness being imposed on a community of smelly unfortunates. If they’re so concerned with gendered languages why don’t they do the same thing with French, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.?” 

But other Facebook commenters weren’t going to let people off the hook for criticizing The Daily Show’s use of “Latinx” in their promotion. 

As one Facebook user pointed out, “not everyone identifies as binary male/female…hence the use of Latinx…it is for people who can’t or won’t identify as either. If you don’t like Latinx then don’t use it…see how simple that was?”

So, what’s it going to be? Latinx, Latino, or Hispanic? This social outrage also begs the question, if someone didn’t refer to themselves as “Latinx,” then should you omit the use of that term completely? Should brands be thinking harder about this before they hit post? 

You tell us! Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

11 Stages People Who Can’t Handle Weed Go Through When They Get High (As Told By Cats)

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11 Stages People Who Can’t Handle Weed Go Through When They Get High (As Told By Cats)

Well, it might not be 4/20, but people keep offering me weed and I know what that means: I’m going to have to explain to everyone I meet why I can’t partake. It’s not that I have a problem with weed. It’s that I never have a good time while high. I’ve tried, many times, and every time, I end up regretting it with every part of my soul. If you’re like me, you might be able to relate to the stages I’ve gone every time I’ve ever been high. I’m sure you’ll relate with at least one of the stages below.

Usually, a few friends are hanging out. One of them passes me a joint. It’s been a while, and I’m like…

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What’s the worst that could happen? This isn’t “Reefer Madness,” right?

So I take a hit and my throat is on fire. I can’t stop coughing. OMG what am I doing…

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?BOOM? It’s “Reefer Madness.”

Stage 1: I’m, like, instantly too high. As if a weed-bomb had been thrown on my head.

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Yeah, not like “fun high” either. I’m knee-deep in bat country, if you know what I mean. And I can’t help but feel like my throat is on fire.

And immediately I regret my decision. WHY, BABY JESUS???????

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Whyyy did I do this to myself? AGAIN.

Stage 2: Everything feels different. How come I’d never noticed my ears are so fluffly?

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Something is terribly wrong. 

My friends are having a great time as I start to melt down. I feel outside of the club.

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They’re having the time of their life, in fact.

So I remind myself: “You never get high, that’s why it feels so bad. Just act normal.”

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Yeah, that’s it. I’ll just act normal. I look totally normal, right? You’re not that high. You got this.

Stage 3: I try to sober up by focusing on something.

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But I realize I’m way higher than I originally thought.

I don’t remember my hands doing that before. I lost control over my body OMG.

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Yeah, it’s just weed, but I see and hear things that aren’t there when I’m high.

Stage 4: Someone tries to talk to me and it goes terribly. Please go away. GO AWAY.

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I am so not ready to make small talk.

My attempt at verbal communication leaves a lot to be desired. Have I suddenly learned to speak hungarian?

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The words I make with my mouth don’t match the voices in my head.

So I try blinking out some morse code. Get-me-outta-here.

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My attempts at communication have failed and I’m not having fun.

Stage 5: I’m so done with being high. Can somebody show me where is the “turn off” button? I’m completely desperate.

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Please go away stoned feeling.

But I can’t just get un-high. It’s only going to get worse before it gets better.

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This is supposed to be fun?

Stage 6: Mid freakout, my friends realize I’m not okay. But they’re all so high the first thing they do is laugh. Not joking.

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Everything is too overwhelming.

They realize I’m freaking out and ask me if they can do something to make me feel better. I respond:

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SOS

They tell me to relax, close my eyes, or meditate. But that just makes things worse. I mean it.

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Anxiety is at an all time high and I can’t even remember what I was thinking about two minutes ago.

Stage 7: Now I believe all conspiracies I’ve ever heard. I don’t wanna leave this corner ever again in life.

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This is supposed to be fun and all I can think about is how there’s probably going to be a problem.

And I’m getting super paranoid and suspicious of everyone. And even of myself (if I’m really me why is this cat my spirit animal?). 

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WHICH ? FRIEND ? IS ? READING ? MY ? THOUGHTS? And why is this cat my spirit animal?

Stage 8: The munchies. Rice with peanut butter and tuna has never tasted so delicious. Btw, I had no idea my stomach could handle so much food.

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My friends offer me food, but I’m still too paranoid to eat it.

Give me another carrot juice with canned beans, I just need food right now otherwise my belly might kill me.

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Suddenly food has a new meaning and food just tastes way better.

Stage 9: Fetal position. For me, this is the best part of being high so far.

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Life hack: curling up can protect you from bears and bad highs.

Stage 10: Making it to the other side. There certainly is life beyond those gray walls.

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I’m over the hump. I can feel my senses returning to me and the fear and anxiety are washed away and I feel like I’m finally crawling out of the pit of despair. It’s great!

Stage 11: Short-term memory loss. Usually a few friends are hanging out. One of them passes a joint to me. It’s been a while, and I’m like…

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What’s the worst that can happen? LOL.

Share this because chances are you or someone in your group is as paranoid as me.