Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been bombarded with images of sarapes and sombreros all day long. I’ve also read a lot of nasty commentary online that muddles a very important question. Are those Mexican costumes actually offensive? I know it can be confusing to figure this stuff out since we’re living in an excessively politically correct world, so I’ve come to help. That’s right, your friendly neighborhood Mexican is here to shed some light on the subject, so let’s get to it.
Yes, this shit is in fact offensive:
And, the only differences between the above super fun costume and the below racist, sorority party photo are the crudely made construction paper green cards.
Hopefully that’s all the explanation you need as to why a lot of us Mexicans find those outfits insulting.
In closing, celebrate this most Mexican-American holiday if you need an excuse to have a drink. Surprise, surprise: Folks in Mexico don’t really celebrate this day, but don’t let that stop you. By all means camaraderie and good times should abound, but don’t bullshit me or any other actual Mexican by trying to rationalize wearing an offensive-ass getup. If you don’t, then I’ll refrain from dressing up as a leprechaun on St. Paddy’s and telling everyone I’m Irish. Fair’s fair after all.
For those of you that are celebrating in style sans fake mustaches, sarapes, straw sombreros, and fake green cards I raise my shot glass to you. Salud, amor y dinero, amigos and you might want to try chasing that tequila with sangrita if you really want to honor my people.
PS – For reference, this is how you rock a goddamn sombrero and mustache. Chente knows. Chente always knows.