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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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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

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It’s an election year in Mexico and that means that things are heating up as candidates fight for the top spot. At the same time, Mexico is experiencing a burgeoning fight for women’s rights that demands accountability and justice. Despite all the marches and protests and civil disobedience by hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, it remains to be seen how much change will happen and when. 

Case in point: Félix Salgado, a candidate for governor of Guerrero who has been accused of rape and sexual assault but maintains the support of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Now, after being disqualified from the race because of undisclosed campaign finances, the candidate is vowing to block any elections from taking place unless he is allowed to continue his campaign. 

A disqualified candidate is vowing to block elections unless he’s allowed to run.

Félix Salgado was running to be governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero when he was faced with allegations of rape and sexual assault. The commission that selects party candidates allowed him to remain in the race and he continues to maintain the support of President AMLO – who is of the same political party, Morena. 

However, in late March, election regulators ordered that Salgado be taken off the ballot due to a failure to report campaign spending, according to the AP. Mexico’s electoral court ordered the Federal Electoral Institute (FEI) to reconsider their decision last week. Salgado is already threatening to throw the election process into chaos.

“If we are on the ballot, there will be elections,” Salgado told supporters in Guerrero after leading a caravan of protestors to the FEI’s office in Mexico City on Sunday. “If we are not on the ballot, there will not be any elections,” Salgado said.

The AP notes that Salgado is not making an empty threat. Guerrero is an embattled state overrun with violence and drug gangs and many elections have been previously disrupted. Past governors have been forced out of office before finishing their terms. Salgado was previously filmed getting into a confrontation with police in 2000.

It was just weeks ago that the ruling party allowed Salgado’s candidacy to move forward.

In mid-March, Morena confirmed that Félix Salgado would be its candidate for governor in Guerrero after completing a new selection process in which the former senator was reportedly pitted against four women.

Morena polled citizens in Guerrero last weekend to determine levels of support for five different possible candidates, according to media reports. Among the four women who were included in the process were Acapulco Mayor Adela Román and Senator Nestora Salgado.

Félix Salgado was the clear winner of the survey, even coming out on top when those polled were asked to opine on the potential candidates’ respect for the rights of women. He also prevailed in all other categories including honesty and knowledge of the municipality in which the poll respondents lived.

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

The ancient city of Tenochtitlán.

The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

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