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I hate to say it  [ Fri Mar 2 2012 11:42 AM ]

but print was way chasing the web on this one. Print / TV news covered it because it had hundreds of thousands of views. That number is still rising.

It'd be stupid to ignore it, but we didn't make Lynette, and we didn't make her famous. People liked it. A lot. It's got 473,000 views.

That's the fascinating and awful nature of the Internet. It's a democratizing force. A strong cultural commentary that hits just right will rise exponentially in popularity. But the Internet is also a putrid place where idiots can say whatever idiot thing they want to say in the comments. Even the most innocent of clips will spark the most hurtful garbage.

I really don't think any racism is acceptable. None. But it's everywhere online. And YouTube comments are consistently the dregs of the Internet, just the worst of the worst.

We can't not make stuff because bigots will react to it with bigotry. They're not going to stop. The only answer is to make more stuff.

There's no crown.  [ Thu Mar 1 2012 11:31 PM ]

We are left here in many ways defending a character that has become a manifestation of NM culture. If someone is going to take that crown, it comes with a heavy burden for all of us to truly accept.

I think Lauren/Lynette did something interesting and pointed something out that we weren't really thinking about. I think it was popular because it spoke to so many Burqueños. But in the end, there's never a single representation of New Mexico. I doubt she's shooting for that.

And I guess I would add that in the age of the Internet, nothing lasts for long. "Shit Anyone Says" is already fading across the triple-dubs. Soon, we'll say, "Remember when they were making those videos?" And it will be all about baking your cat in a pie, instead.

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I don't think the Native comparison works  [ Thu Mar 1 2012 5:37 PM ]

If she had worn native head-dress and took this from an Indian perspective we would have all eaten her alive.

Headdresses are heavily symbolic and often spiritually significant. I think that skews your point.

I don't usually comment on my own stories, but I welcome this discourse. I thought about a lot of the issues, mexicanandmexiwill, as I wrote the piece.

I'm multi-ethnic, and none of me is Mexican. But I've never really lived anywhere but here. The kids in my Westside neighborhood talked this way, all my friends, and so did I.

At Valley High School, lots of people spoke all moched-out, regardless of background. White people, too. It's still that way among my friends. And I don't think they're doing it on purpose, in a conscious way. Sometimes it's really subtle.

We weren't really making distinctions until the video pointed out that this is one way people here talk. Now maybe some folks will get all nervous about it and try to chill it out for a while.

There are plenty of Hispanic people who live here and do not speak this way. I know it's rooted in the Spanish language to some degree. But this accent is more specific than that.

To me, it's about class if it's about anything. It's also the way a lot of us speak to friends and family but not in other situations. It's maybe interior speech, like if you know someone really well it comes out?

I wonder if there's an age component, too. We said these things a ton as kids, all the way through high school. But even as we aged, regardless of going to college, it fell away in public. Probably because of self-consciousness.

These videos open up an entire barnyard of other states exhibiting and exploiting their racist tendencies toward hispanics. They call us "ignorant" and claim we "don't know how to speak" in the comments of these videos.

Do we want to let other people tell us what we're like? I don't care if outsiders think we're dumb. They're dumb for thinking that.

I don't think Lynette is in brownface, either. I knew some very white girls who dressed and talked like her. And like I wrote in the article, I don't think she's just a stereotype.

@romaine, as to being last: It's true, I spent a good while thinking about how to interact with this. That made us last. But I didn't want to write an article that was like: Hey! These videos came out! Because everyone already saw them on YouTube and FaceBook, and there was a lot of shit to talk about.

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Questions  [ Sun Feb 12 2012 10:48 AM ]

he will be on his way back to Israel

What indicates that the person is Israeli?

By the time this prints,

Do you think we publish items online before we put them in print?

We are not alone on "coke."  [ Tue Feb 7 2012 9:06 PM ]

Check this map. What do you call it in Chicago? Pop?

The actress  [ Tue Feb 7 2012 4:23 PM ]

is Lauren Poole.

This was filmed in Albuquerque  [ Tue Feb 7 2012 3:53 PM ]

said Stuff Journalists Like on Twitta.

As the only person on planet Earth  [ Wed Jan 18 2012 9:28 AM ]

under age 70 who really digs black licorice, I'm kinda bummed.

Comics about women  [ Mon Jan 16 2012 11:57 AM ]

Womanthology is awesome. WTG Kevin Smith for having read it.

So if the media covers the elections  [ Thu Jan 5 2012 10:56 AM ]

it's not covering the issues?

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