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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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The President Of Mexico Has Tested Positive For Covid-19 After A Year Of Downplaying The Virus

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The President Of Mexico Has Tested Positive For Covid-19 After A Year Of Downplaying The Virus

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Since the very beginning of the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has largely downplayed the severity of the crisis. Despite record-setting deaths across Mexico, the president continued to hold large rallies, rarely uses face masks and continues to be very hands on with his supporters. Many of his detractors grouped him in with Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jaír Bolsonaro in his poor response to the pandemic.

Mexico’s President AMLO has tested positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing light symptoms.

In a tweet on Sunday evening, AMLO revealed that he had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. From his official Twitter account, he said his symptoms were mild and that he was receiving medical treatment.

“I regret to inform you that I have contracted Covid-19. The symptoms are mild, but I am already receiving medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will move forward,” Lopez Obrador wrote.

Despite his diagnosis, the president plans to continue business as usual. He plans to continue with his duties from the Palacio Nacional, which include conducting a planned phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the topic of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine Monday. He added on Twitter, that “I will be conducting all public affairs from the National Palace. For example, tomorrow I will take a call from President Vladimir Putin, because irrespective of friendly relationships, there is a possibility that they will send us the Sputnik V vaccine.”

AMLO has taken a very hands off approach to his country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

AMLO, 67-years-old, has rarely been seen wearing a mask and continued to travel extensively across the country aboard commercial flights – putting both his health and those around him at risk.

He has also resisted locking down the economy, noting the devastating effect it would have on so many Mexicans who live day to day. And because of that, Mexico has one of the highest death rates in the world. Early in the pandemic, asked how he was protecting Mexico, AMLO removed two religious amulets from his wallet and proudly showed them off.

“The protective shield is the ‘Get thee behind me, Satan,’” AMLO said, reading off the inscription on the amulet, “Stop, enemy, for the Heart of Jesus is with me.”

In November, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, urged Mexico’s leaders be serious about the coronavirus and set examples for its citizens, saying that “Mexico is in bad shape” with the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Mexico continues to experience the worst effects yet of the global health crisis.

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Thanks to a lack of national leadership, Mexico is one of the 17 countries that has reported more than one million cases of Covid-19. Since early October, newly confirmed cases and deaths have been reaching record levels, with recent daily numbers some of the highest since the beginning the pandemic.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has recorded at least 1,752,347 Covid-19 cases and 149,084 people have died from the virus in the country.

In hardest-hit Mexico City, nearly 30 public hospitals report they have reached 100% percent capacity, and many others are approaching that mark. The city’s Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, has urged residents to not go out unless absolutely necessary. In December, Mexico City and the state of Mexico were placed into “red level,” the highest measure on the country’s stoplight alert system for Covid-19 restrictions. The tighter measures included the closure of indoor dining, with only essential sectors like transport, energy, health and construction remaining open.

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This Insane Video of an Anti-Mask ‘Karen’ Screaming and Resisting Arrest in a Florida Bagel Shop is Going Viral

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This Insane Video of an Anti-Mask ‘Karen’ Screaming and Resisting Arrest in a Florida Bagel Shop is Going Viral

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Just when you think yo’ve seen all the Karen videos out there, one comes out of left field and blows them all out of the water.

The video we’re talking about here is the video of Cindy Falco-DiCorrado, a 62-year-old “anti-mask activist” who exemplifies the very definition of white privilege.

Falco-DiCorrado was arrested last Thursday at an Einstein Bagels location in Boca Raton, Florida. Luckily for the internet, Falco-DiCorrado had a camerawoman in tow to record the entire debacle leading up to the arrest.

The video starts in the middle of things, with an officer taking an unmasked Falco-DiCorrado by the arm, asking her to please step outside. It is immediately evident that the woman (who, by the way, is dressed in head-to-toe leopard print) will not be compliant.

Falco-DiCorrado begins raising her voice and screaming at the officer, shouting things like “Get your hands off of me! You are kidnapping me!” and “You are violating the Constitution! That’s discrimination!”

At one point, the unseen camerawoman who is recording the meltdown pans around the bagel shop to get a look at all of the spectators.

It appears that every customer in the shop, as well as the workers behind the counter, have taken their phones out to record the bizarre incident.

The Florida woman continues to struggle with the cop and scream things like “Get your hands off of me! I’ve done nothing wrong, I am not a criminal,” while accusing the police officer (who is Black) of “stealing her purse”.

The struggle continues until a second cop arrives and immediately decides to not handle the unhinged woman with kid gloves. The second cop immediately grabs her by the arm and, with the help of the other cop, proceeds to drag her out of the shop.

But the video doesn’t end there. As Falco-DiCorrado is dragged out of the shop, she continues to scream.

The officers proceed to arrest her while she struggles against them and screams: “Stop it! You cannot arrest me! I’ve done nothing illegal!”

The entire time she is being arrested she is visibly and enthusiastically resisting arrest.

Watching the video, one can’t help but wonder how the officers would have treated her if her skin was a different color.

The video was posted to the popular Instagram page @CrazyKarens where it quickly went viral.

Commentators were stunned by the entire interaction, writing things like: “They let her get away with way too much! They would’ve thrown a person of color right on the ground the minute he/she didn’t stand up.”

Another person said: “With all that resistance she didn’t get pepper spray, no taser, no knee to the neck, no punches and they even called her ‘ma’am'”.

According to officials, Falco-DiCorrado is facing charges of trespassing and resisting arrest without violence. All because she didn’t want to wear a mask.

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