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This Latin Life: Breaking World Records & ABC Offends Puerto Ricans/Latinos


Welcome to “This Latin Life,” a recurring feature in which we bring you the news from south of the border in quick, funny nugget form. Mmm, nuggets…

Well, it’s been a great time for South America, as far as the Guinness Book of World Records is concerned. This past week, Mexico became the proud owner of the worlds highest suspension bridge – a structure that towers at 1,322 feet. I can’t wait to see how long it takes for U.S. politicians to fear monger the possibility that Mexicans will build stealthy suspensions bridges to sneak into the country. [BBC]

Also, congrats to Fidel Castro for being recognized by Guinness as having survived the most assassination attempts: 638 (and counting). Man, who knew Castro would be more difficult to kill than U.S.-created cancers? Hopefully next time the GBoWR will recognize Fidel’s beard for having survived the most number of Cuban cigar induced coughing fits. Regardless, it’s great to see Cuba’s former leader receive some positive press, and his record will surely stand for many years, until Justin Beiber breaks it. [Huff Po] & [Cuba Debate]

Speaking of, activist/dissident blogger Yoani Sánchez has reached out to Brazil in an attempt to leave Cuba, (so she can attend the opening of a documentary about journalism in Cuba). For the most part, Yoani has been portrayed as a dangerous revolutionary in the country, but that’s mostly because she has dared to voice her opinions. Cuba, if you’re really threatened by Yoani up, let everyone in your country have a voice, like we do in the U.S. When every one is able to speak their mind, it all turns into bureaucratic white noise that has no effect on anyone. Yoani, if you really want to leave the country, just give immigration a fake name and you’ll be pregnant in Colombia before you can say ¡Viva la Revolución!  [Havana Times]


This video doesn’t involve pandas? How will anyone take her seriously?

First it was transgenders and Bosom Buddies fans, now you can add Puerto Ricans to the list of people offended by ABC’s latest visual skidmark: Work It.  On a recent episode, Angel, played by Amaury Nolasco, claimed that because he was Puerto Rican, he would be great at selling drugs. Hey ABC, if you’re going to turn back the clock on something, why not turn it back to when you were a relevant television station? The only positive about this story: until Work It gets cancelled, which is inevitable, it’ll give Latino’s a nice warm up to when they begin protesting CBS’s darkest half hour, ¡Rob! [Fox Latino]


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