Sofia Niño De Rivera is a stand-up comedian whose name may not sound familiar. But the 35-year-old Mexican comedian has her own Netflix special, and has even appeared on U.S. late night television. You can see her in the video above clip from “Conan” when Conan O’Brien visited Mexico back in March.
Now, Rivera is turning the microphone on criminals to teach them comedy. Behind bars in Santa Martha Acatitla penitentiary, female inmates experience all the pitfalls of prison: fear, depression, aggression, and restlessness. As a way to help prisoners with their mental health, Rivera set up 10 stand-up comedy workshops. Inmates perform on stage and use laughter to heal. “Stand-up is a really cathartic psychological tool. It has helped me a lot in my life,” Rivera said in an interview with BBC. “Women in prison don’t have a lot of tools to help them handle emotional issues, I think stand-up is something that can help them.”
Women only make up 5% of the prison population in Mexico City, which means they usually get fewer services and care. They get fewer visits from family members, many of whom abandon their incarcerated relatives, according to BBC. Rivera works with the Reinserta Foundation, a non-profit started by her cousin Saskia Niño de Rivera, to help advocate for imprisoned women. Officials at the prison say that the workshops have helped ease tension and are even planning on expanding the program, possibly to men’s prisons as well.
Check out the trailer for Rivera’s Netflix special below.
There are few things in the world as sacred as tacos, especially after a late night of partying. However, in the neighborhood of Tlalpan in Mexico City, one man has gone viral for committing an atrocious offense: knocking a trompo to the ground. The Twitter video is going viral for all the wrong reasons and people are devastated by the action of one upset man.
According to one Twitter user, a man, identifying himself as a deputy, harassed a taquero claiming they weren’t allowed to be setup where they were.
The video shows the man rushing up to the taquero and taking a swing at him. The video doesn’t show what happened before but the start of the video makes it seem like the random man had a real issue with the taquero. After he missed his punch, the man, who’s identified as a deputy, takes aim at the trompo of meat and brings it to the ground.
Mexican Twitter woke up and was immediately devastated by the upsetting video.
The sheer image of the man lunging for the trompo is enough to make anyone freak out. Like, who would ever do that to an innocent trompo? Why would someone take away the joy of all the people hoping for their tacos?
The cruel attack on the innocent trompo has left many in serious disbelief.
It is truly a very sad scene. All of our hearts dropped with the trompo and are left shattered on the ground.
All of the hungover people in the neighborhood were truly saddened by the lack of their hangover cure.
Imagine that. You spend a night partying with your besties. Everything is great. The night is over, you crash into your bed and wake up with a headache and craving for the tacos al pastor from your neighborhood taquero. However, the taquero is out of business because the trompo is destroyed.
People are really feeling for the partygoers desperately seeking their tacos.
The world is already a crazy place when you have been drinking. The sudden disappearance of a taqueria while drunk would be one of the most disorienting moments in the night.
#LordTacos left everyone lost for words as they tried to figure out their emotions.
[sobs in Spanish]
All of Mexico feels the pain witnessed in the video.
Honestly, everyone in the U.S. who has ever enjoyed a taco after a night of partying is also feeling the pain. It truly is a crime for the books because who would ever attack an innocent trompo.
There is one thing for sure, #LordTacos is one of the most despised people on Twitter right now.
It is 2019. Camera phones are everywhere. How can anyone think that they can get away with any kind of violence like this? When will people learn that moments like this are gold for social media?
You can watch the full confrontation below!
What do you think about the man’s attack of the tromp?
There’s not much joy that we get on social media these days. It’s all devastating news from every direction. We do, however, enjoy when social media comes to bat for those who have been wronged in some way. “Twitter do your thing,” is the best way, if not the only way, to get people’s attention and call out terrible people doing horrific things. This simple call out on social media allows the world to see cruelty at its worst and hopefully make them responsible for their vile actions. That’s what’s happening in Mexico City following some horrible road rage.
A video on social media went viral in Mexico showing a woman assaulting another woman in a car with a stick.
The assaulter got out of her car and hit the victim’s windshield, her car door, and anywhere else she could reach with her stick. It clearly looked like some kind of road rage incident, but the victim who recorded the entire thing took to social media to express what happened.
The victim is Viviana Garcia, and she expressed on Instagram that she got into a minor accident with the car in front of her, which is when the woman came out and began hitting her. The accident took place in Tlalpan Centro, in Mexico City and at first, she said, that everything seemed to be under control because police were already at the scene of the accident.
Both parties were in the process of exchanging insurance information. In Mexico, representatives from the insurance company come to the scene of the accident and take documents of what happened themselves.
Garcia said that her insurance representative was taking a long time to arrive. When they finally do, they informed her that they do not cover that damage. They told her she had to withdrawal $6000 (in pesos). She said once the officers left, and after her driver arrived for support since she’s a minor, a woman in the car began to record her and told her: “you’re going to remember me.”
A video from the perspective of the assaulter’s family has also been released, and now we’re getting a clearer picture of why they were upset with her.
While they are recording Garcia, you can see the young women is scrolling on her phone on Instagram while she waits for the insurance respective. She was clearly behaving immaturely, but that is no reason to beat anyone up. Violence should be avoided at all costs.
Garcia said their video proves they were threatening her from the very beginning. Garcia insists that the video shows she was not at fault and was simply waiting for the next step of resolving the accident. They claim, according to Garcia, that they accused her of being on the phone when the accident took place.
The woman in the car comes out and points a gun at her driver, and that’s when the other woman came out to hit her with a metal stick.
Garcia said that glass from the windshield hit her face and that she was also hit on her cheekbone. She ended her post by saying, “Please help me spread this, it is not possible that these kinds of things are happening in our environment, help me find them.”
Social media did more than just investigate who this woman was. They tagged her Lady Piñata.
The entire video exposes that the assaulter was in the passenger seat in the back and was riding with her sister and parents.
“Whose fault is it?” a person on Twitter asked. “The daughter who is a crazy and hysterical or the parents who look happily at their crazy and hysterical ‘doll'”?
People were able to find out who the woman was and it’s reportedly 35-year-old Erika Vanessa López García. The car she was in is registered under her parents Heriberto Lopez Buendia and María Elena Garcia Rico.
The incident is under investigation, but we have a feeling this sordid mess is far from over. Until then we’ll always have Lady Piñata.
Garcia thanked all of her followers for their help in locating her assaulter. And just think, what could have been solved with 6000 pesos (around $300) is now going to cause this deranged family a whole lot of money. Whatever they end up paying Garcia, their shame on social media will live on forever.