I have found that the typical response to negative things here in Mexico is to laugh at them, to mock them, to ridicule them and make ongoing jokes about them.
Here are three recent examples that have flooded my Facebook wall and can be seen in the local newspapers, T.V. and radio:
1. Donald Trump: I don't know if his presidential speech got as much traffic at home as it did here. But WOW! To encapsulate his comments, he basically said that the U.S. had problems with its southern boarder, with all the Mexican murderers and rapists it allows through. You may have seen the fallout from that speech, as people began breaking ties with Trump. My response to that speech was somewhat more intolerant than my Mexican friends.
|This says: In protest to Trump: The ladies in this|
group (WhatsApp) will not go to Miss Universe!
|This says: We're not going!|
|This says: Donald Trump thinks that Mexicans are idiots, |
but he works for me!
(Charles Slim, considered the second richest man in the world, is Mexican)
While I was angered by Trumps comments, offended for my Mexican friends, they just laughed. Trump jokes abound. While Mexicans recognise the border problem, and they even acknowledge that there is one; there was outrage at his racist comments. To imply that all Mexicans are rapists and murderers is outrageous. That's a racist generalisation that's just not true! I happen to have some wonderful and beautiful Mexican friends; too bad Trump hasn't had the privilege of meeting them.
2. Chapo Guzman. The most recent event has been the famous escape of the biggest Mexican drug lord, from a maximum security prison; his second time escaping! This is getting big press coverage, worldwide. My Facebook wall is full of the mockery of the whole thing.
|I'm not going to divide Mexico, I don't even know how to read let alone divide (math).|
|"Run, Trump, Run" ... "What was it you said about Mexicans?" ... "Chapo... I was kidding!"|