Four days after the first lady of the United States publicly compared Hispanics to breakfast tacos, anchor Nacho Lozano, from Telemundo, was still vexed enough about the "awful analogy" to call Dr. Jill *in Mexican slang*: a BS artist - yo de lengua, me como un taco.
The verbal whack, which roughly translates into, "yeah, right, tell me another one," came up during the closing of his analysis of Jill Biden's racist blooper, verbalized during her speech at the annual UnidosUS conference on Monday. Lozano got to vent his ire over the regular op-ed section titled “Usted qué opina” – 'What do you think?' – that aired Thursday as part of the network's morning news/variety show, Hoy Dia.
“You've probably seen it. It is important that we revisit and repeat it; Seriously, really? In these times? At some point I thought we were still in 1950,” Lozano blurted out, adding that while Mexicans are obviously used to having tacos very early for breakfast, “our stomach gets irritated by this kind of thing… but most of all, we get irritated by prejudices, ma'am,” he warned señora Biden.
NACHO LOZANO: Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States spoke, as you know, about Latinos, something that is more serious and complex.
JILL BIDEN: Diversity in this community is as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio.
LOZANO: You've probably seen it. It is important to revisit and repeat it; Seriously, really? In these times? At some point I thought we were still in 1950. And although we Mexicans are obviously used to having tacos very early for breakfast, our stomach is irritable anyway. It's a stomach that gets irritated by this kind of thing.
LOZANO: But most of all we get irritated by the prejudices, ma'am. What we don't have to get used to is precisely those words, regardless of who says them. The first lady has already apologized, but yes, through her spokesperson, not herself. Lack of sensitivity, of knowledge, lack of understanding the culture of Latino communities in the nation. That is what we should not have for breakfast or lunch or dinner. Because here comes lesson 2: Latinos are not tacos, it is important to say it again, like the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and many other organizations that protect us, that educate us and that were upset by the First Lady's awful analogy. Because prejudice then turns into violence, and we end up watching, we end up suffering, telling stories that hurt Latinos and the entire country so much. Anyway, I'll eat a taco if it's beef tongue.
The unusual rant from Lozano, a zealous defender of the Biden administration, pointed to how the FLOTUS has not yet personally apologized for the insult – “The first lady has already apologized, but yes, through her spokesperson, not herself.” This, he said, shows her “Lack of sensitivity, of knowledge, lack of understanding of the culture of Latino communities in the nation.”
No Mrs. Biden, Latinos are not tacos. Pandering to a client constituency (UnidosUS) with what she (or her speechwriter) probably thought Latinos would love (i.e. being compared to a bodega, or a taco, or flowers) not only offends, but as Lozano pointed out, it breeds hatred. “Because prejudice then turns into violence, and we end up watching, we end up suffering, telling stories that hurt Latinos and the entire country so much. Anyway, I'll eat a taco if it's beef tongue.”
Lozano’s rants normally center around the promotion of gun control or abortion. But Woke Nacho got one right this time.
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