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Sorority Señoritas

Another dispatch from the “Much a Do About Nothing” zone

By Simón Gómez Dec 6, 2012 1:47PM

The internet is once again ablaze in outrage as it usually does with this type of story. The story igniting the wildfire was a simple Penn State sorority party picture (that sounds like a movie title from the ‘50s) posted on to their very public Facebook page. The photo was deemed offensive by pretty much anyone saw it, members of the Nu Gamma chapter of Chi Omega were disciplined (some say girls were suspended), and the sorority officially apologized to anyone they may have offended. As if Penn State needed any more scandals, Mexicans more offensive stereotyping, and or the country more racism.

 

And to be clear there are things in this photo to feel offended about, especially if one is Latino. But, let me share with you an alternative way to see all  this, if only to make it a little bit more . . . palatable.

 

The picture shows us that this was a Mexican themed party. I bet there were tasty nachos, tacos, tortillas, guacamole, frijoles, agüitas and cases of Patron and José Cuervo. Why else would you throw a Mexican themed party? And furthermore, what more transculturization can anyone possibly hope for? No wait, I’m being serious. In true and sincere homage, the ladies in attendance were wearing sombreros, ponchos, and giant bike-handle mustaches perpetuating stereotypes not much different from those established by such illustrious cultural icons like Speedy Gonzales. Corporations, TV shows, and movies still drag out these tired, old stereotypes so is it any wonder these college students would to? And in the end, is there anything really wrong in that? Grow some thicker skin people!

 

Sorority girls themselves have seen more than their fair share of slander and stereotyping, from the same places. The unrivaled and invincible cultural colossus that is Hollywood has churned out such offensive titles as: The House BunnyClueless, Hairspray and Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama just to name a few. How much of this stuff can someone take before feeling an uncontrollable need to take revenge on some minority, right? I mean, aren’t Mexicans are as good a target as anyone else? 

 

And where do you leave the media? Such outlets like, let’s say, Fox News (you know, just to name a random one) throws one of those aged sorority ladies onto the screen whenever they want to same something outrageously dumb like: War on Christmas! Mexican Invasion! Gay Agenda! Reparations! Birth Certificate! Recount! I mean, when you have a yearly war on Christmas to fight against, who cares about the thin skin of a Mexican or two?

 

Oh, yes! The ladies from the Nu Gamma Chapter of Chi Omega were holding signs making fun of undocumented laborers. I DON’T CUT GRASS I SMOKE IT, read one of them. Well, that did cross a line. As if they couldn’t do both. That sign was very dismissing and not very respectful. But on the other hand, do you think that smoking weed is such a terrible thing nowadays? Unless you still live way back in the last century or got scared for life by “Reefer Madness,” you probably know that smoking marihuana does not carry the social stigma it had in the yesteryears. If you don’t believe me, ask the voters in states like Colorado or Washington. Seriously, look at the girls in the picture, they may have meant a compliment. Maybe?

 

I hope to have helped.



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16Comments
Dec 7, 2012 12:03PM
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I do not kow who is more ignorant? The sorority girls or the author of this wiritng. It's not compliment when they are trying to put a culture down and portrayed false stereotypes. It 's very sad to see what kind of image these "university students" have of latinos, is that the education that provides penn state?
Dec 7, 2012 7:16PM
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This is a free country.  Those "well-educated" college girls have the constitutional right to show their ignorance.  I wonder if they are stupid enough to use the Black theme next time?  I'll bet that they won't use the N-word?  I don't whine, but if anyone chooses to participate in an unprovoked "funny" verbal confrontation within my personal space, they will regret it.
Dec 10, 2012 3:45AM
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AYE POR FAVOR! I agree with jicb1987!
Obviously the author wasn't involved in the Civil rights movement of the 1960'S.
Yet,with out that Revolution he wouldn't have his JOB...He lived in another country and is obviously NOT MEXICAN!
The stereotype is DEGRADING,IGNORANT, RACIST which stems from a Sorority Group who DOESN"T have a CLUE! 
I bet they wouldn't have been used the "Black Theme"...too afraid...but stereotyping mexicans as gardners, weed smoking, beer drinkers...is soooooo INSENSITIVE 
YET free GAME in this country...
I'm not buying these girls were just having fun..they were actually Making fun of an ENTIRE Culture...how dare them they are 
Supposed to be college educated young ladies???REALLY!
I can't believe they were SO smart that they showed it on the Internet and Facebook..
Que Pendejas!
The Frito Bandito was OUTLAWED in 1960''s...author you need to write for a GRINGO RAG!
Dec 7, 2012 3:21AM
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Learn how to spell Marijuana you DOPE....
Dec 10, 2012 3:45AM
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AYE POR FAVOR! I agree with jicb1987!
Obviously the author wasn't involved in the Civil rights movement of the 1960'S.
Yet,with out that Revolution he wouldn't have his JOB...He lived in another country and is obviously NOT MEXICAN!
The stereotype is DEGRADING,IGNORANT, RACIST which stems from a Sorority Group who DOESN"T have a CLUE! 
I bet they wouldn't have been used the "Black Theme"...too afraid...but stereotyping mexicans as gardners, weed smoking, beer drinkers...is soooooo INSENSITIVE 
YET free GAME in this country...
I'm not buying these girls were just having fun..they were actually Making fun of an ENTIRE Culture...how dare them they are 
Supposed to be college educated young ladies???REALLY!
I can't believe they were SO smart that they showed it on the Internet and Facebook..
Que Pendejas!
The Frito Bandito was OUTLAWED in 1960''s...author you need to write for a GRINGO RAG!
Dec 7, 2012 11:43PM
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Guess who they bought their outfits from? Yap the same people you are so busy protecting. DA!  get  alife!
Dec 7, 2012 11:42PM
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Guess who they bought their outfits from? Yap the same people you are so busy protecting. DA!  get  alife!
Dec 9, 2012 5:51PM
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These girls were just having fun. I bet if you asked them, they were not trying to offend anyone. I get offended because I am a white male fighting cancer and can not get help, but the non-english speaking person in front of me got help with the LEAP program to help pay utilities. She probably has not paid a dime into the system, and I paid over 30 years. But, if I wear certain clothes and hold a sign, I am wrong?
Dec 7, 2012 3:47PM
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I for one am sick to death of the whining, Boo-Hoo someone said something to hurt my feelings and I'm offended.  So everyone with nothing else to productively do jumps on some soap box and turns it into a national debate.   I say lets Draw and quarter, hang, and shoot the sorority girls, god forbid, they said or did anything to offend someone. Didn't any one else grow up?  this is 1st and 2nd grade crap.  And before you jump in the middle of me I AM A MINORITY< THE ONLY MINORITY LEFT IN THE USA THAT IT IS OK TO ATTACK, STEREOTYPE AND DEMONIZE!  I am Caucasian.
Dec 9, 2012 5:51PM
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These girls were just having fun. I bet if you asked them, they were not trying to offend anyone. I get offended because I am a white male fighting cancer and can noot get help, but the non-english speaking person in front of me got help with the LEAP program to help pay utilities. She probably has not paid a dime into the system, and I paid over 30 years. But, if I wear certain clothes and hold a sign, I am wrong?
Dec 7, 2012 11:43PM
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Guess who they bought their outfits from? Yap the same people you are so busy protecting. DA!  get  alife!
Dec 7, 2012 10:10AM
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My God  what are we coming to when we can't have some fun. Are we ever under the watchful eye of big brother. We are getting to be like Russia and Germany of the 30's , 40's and the 50's.  Watch your back and keep your mouth shut.. We loose more freedom every day!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 7, 2012 10:13AM
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My God  what are we coming to when we can't have some fun. Are we ever under the watchful eye of big brother. We are getting to be like Russia and Germany of the 30's , 40's and the 50's.  Watch your back and keep your mouth shut.. We loose more freedom every day!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Go for it girls  TELL THEM ALL TO SCREW IT.

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  • SimónSimón Gómez

    Political junkie, loud mouth extraordinaire, and a born gear head, Simón found himself in Miami after 11 years of practicing law in Caracas and being a good ole boy. While always attuned to American culture, his heart is firmly rooted in the Latino community. Simón wrote for three years the car pages of Maxim en Español and has been freelancing for MSN Latino since 2011. Simón divides his time between his two dogs, his production work, and his writing.