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TikToker Goes Viral For Humiliating A Domestic Worker In A ‘Prank’ Video And It’s Cringeworthy

One scroll through TikTok or Facebook, and you’ll likely video after video of people playing pranks on one another. In fact, the genre is now one of the most popular across social media platforms. But most of the videos are in good humor and considered fun by those involved. However, not all of these ‘prank videos’ are in good nature.

From trends that make fun of those with disabilities to pranks on babies a few months old (such as throwing cheese or water at them to see their reactions), some trends are controversial. But the controversies aren’t stopping people from uploading their own versions on the quest to get more followers.

A Mexican tiktoker is in hot water after her video goes viral for all the wrong reasons.

In a recent video that’s gone viral across Mexico, a TikToker, identified as Marisa López, is seeing trying to play a ‘joke’ on a domestic worker who she says she considers as part of her family. But few viewers saw it the way she did.

“The lady who works with me, Silvia, has just gone out to buy queso panela. We always come for the packet of cheese, but this time I’m going to ask her why didn’t she buy five…that I told her to buy five, to see what her reaction is, ” Marisa says in her TikTok video.

After Silvia returns to the car, the woman “confronts” her by saying that she asked her to buy five packs of queso panela. Although Silvia simply avoids confrontation and apologizes with an “oh, I didn’t hear you”, Marisa insists and punishes her saying “I’m really starting to get angry.”

For many, the ‘prank’ brings to light the very real issue of racism and colorism in Mexican society.

Mexico has long grappled with its own issues of racism, classism, and colorism. For many in the country, there exists two societies: one for lighter-skinned Mexicans who can trace their European heritage and one for darker-skinned Mexicans who have more pronounced Indigenous features.

Much like in the United States, Brown Mexicans are at higher risk of suffering from inequality and a broken justice system that views them as second class citizens. Dark-skinned Mexicans are also more likely to live in poverty and work in the informal economy compared to their light-skinned paisanos.

So the power structure between Marisa and the woman who works for her, Silvia, is built upon systemic racism and colorism. For this reason, many don’t see this as a prank but as an elite, white Mexican using her position of power to humiliate a woman from a lower socio-economic class.

Countless viewers described it as “classist”, adding the label “Whitexican”, which is used to disparagingly identify the upper class of Mexico. Other’s questioned whether Marisa was providing her ‘family member’ with the required social security protections and a fair wage.

Reactions on social media were swift with most condemning the woman for such elitist behavior.

Although in the end, Marisa ended up revealing to Silvia that it was all a joke for TikTok, thousands of people were quick to point out everything that was wrong with the video. Many accused Marisa of abusing her social status to humiliate Silvia. Among the comments that were most common on social media, were people pointing out the privileges that some Mexicans live with.

“Hopefully Silvia will do a TikTok complaining about labor harassment (and possibly for breach of labor rights) to see if this fucking abusive lady finds it so funny,” said one Twitter user.

Another Twitter user pointed out that “Whitexican jokes are very strange. I was moved by the lady because it made her want to, but it didn’t come out. Silvia is too smart and doesn’t fall for meaningless jokes ”.

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This TikTok User Went Viral For Making a Video About What a Latino Character in the Harry Potter Universe Would Look Like

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This TikTok User Went Viral For Making a Video About What a Latino Character in the Harry Potter Universe Would Look Like

Recently, a TikTok video went viral for spoofing what a Latino character would look like if he or she were written by JK Rowling. 

The minute-long video, entitled “If JK Rowling wrote a Latino character”, was created by TikTok user @Munchy_Monk, who also goes by the name “Louie”.

The video (which has now been viewed over 2 million times), starts with Munchy_Monk reading a “script” that JK Rowling sent him.

“Um, Ms. Rowling, I’m not really sure about this character,” he says, his voice full of trepidation. In the video, the imaginary “Ms. Rowling” responds by telling him to “read the bloody script before I call immigration.”

The video continues to be more outrageous from there. His tongue firmly in his cheek, Munchy_Monk runs through the gambit of stereotypes that the media typically portrays Latinos as doing.

With an exaggerated semi-Spanish-sounding accent (one that is all-too familiar for people who watch TV), the TikTok star pretends to be a gardener (“I’m-gardening-leviosa”), a line-cook (“Accio tacos and burritos!”), and a trouble-making student (“I ain’t take no potions. I ain’t even in potions class, foo.”). 

The video is also littered with punny jokes that play on Rowling’s whimsical word-choice. For example, Munchy_Monk pronounces the spell “stupify” as “estupify” and claims he comes from the Hogwarts house “Gryffindor-a the Explor-a”. 

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The TikTok video perfectly illustrates the way Rowling has depicted BIPOC characters in the past, as well as how the media generally portrays characters who have identities outside of what the media considers to be “standard” (i.e. white and straight). 

For a few years now, there have been subsets of the internet who have taken issue with Rowling’s portrayals of BIPOC and queer characters in the the Harry Potter universe. Many consider these characters to be tokenized depictions of what real non-white, non-straight people are actually like. 

Some fans have also grown frustrated to her public statement about Harry Potter characters–specifically how she publicly and retroactively “changedtheir backstories to “gain inclusivity points” without doing the the more meaningful work of writing inclusive characters in the first place. 

Although some fans celebrate Rowling’s fluid approach to the culture and identity of her characters, some claim that the post-publication changes feel inauthentic.

“The problem is we never see those elements of characterisation in the books themselves,” writer Kayleigh Anne wrote in The Independent. “The faith, race and sexuality of her characters has been shoe-horned in retroactively, and it can’t help but ring hollow.”

Of course, the icing on the problematic cake has been the recent transphobic comments and forthcoming book JK Rowling has made about and against trans people. All of these circumstances put into question JK Rowling’s status as an ally to queer and BIPOC people–if she ever was one in the first place.

But one thing is worth admitting: all of the above make Munchy_Monk’s TikTok video especially poignant and darkly hilarious.

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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It is Mexico’s Independence Day and that means that Mexicans around the world are honoring their roots. Twitter is buzzing with people who might not be in Mexico but they will forever have Mexico in their hearts. Here are just a few of the loving messages from people who are Mexican through and through.

Viva Mexico is trending on social media and the tweets are filled with love and passion for the country.

Mexico received its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810 and since then the day has been marked with celebration. The day is marked with parties of pride and culture no matter where you are in the world.

Mexicans everywhere are letting their Mexican flag fly.

Tbh, who doesn’t want to be Mexican to enjoy the day of puro pinche pride? The celebration for Mexican Independence Day starts on Sept. 15 with El Grito. The tradition is that the president of Mexico stands on the balcony on Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. and rings the same church bell that Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang in 1810 to trigger the Mexican Revolution.

People are loving all of the celebrations for their homeland.

The original El Grito took place in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato in 1810. While most El Grito celebrations take place at the National Palace, some presidents, especially on their last year, celebrate El Grito in the town where it originated.

Honestly, no one celebrates their independence day like Mexico and we love them for it.

¡Viva Mexico! Mexico lindo y querido. How are you celebrating the Mexican Independence Day this year? Show us what you have planned.

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