Passengers aboard the Trump Train may be celebrating the GOP front-runner’s blowout victory in Tuesday’s New York Republican primary, but there’s at least one group of people who are desperately trying to dynamite the tracks: Mexican celebrities.
Several celebrities of Mexican descent have been rather vocal this week in their disdain for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, whom many Latinos both in the United States and abroad view as xenophobic for his stance on immigration.
On Tuesday, actress Salma Hayek took to Twitter to bash Trump for a recent comment he made at a New York campaign rally, in which he appeared to confuse “9/11” with “7-11”. Critics were quick to mock Trump for this perceived gaffe, and Hayek unabashedly jumped on the bandwagon, Tweeting:
“I am a dyslexic Mexican and English is my second language, however even I do not confuse 7/11 with 9/11. #DonaldTrump.”
However, it appears that Ms. Hayek is a little “slow on the uptake”, since Trump’s gaffe was not a gaffe at all; he was referring to Firehouse #711 in his speech to the Buffalo audience. Firefighters from Station 711 were among the first emergency responders on the scene during that horrific day. In fact, Trump’s exact words were:
“I watched our police and our firemen down at 711, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.”
Even dyslexic Mexicans ought to be able to tell that Trump was not referring to the date of 9/11 in his statement. But let’s not be too hard on Ms. Hayek. Like she said, English isn’t her first language.
In recent weeks, other Mexican celebrities and personalities– ranging from comedian Eugenio Derbez to the band Los Tigres del Norte to former president Vicente Fox– have publicly bashed, insulted and/or threatened Trump.
Perhaps the most vocal Mexican celeb hellbent on derailing the Trump Train is iconic ranchero musician Vicente Fernandez, who recently performed a farewell concert at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. After tossing back a few rounds of tequila like a tired, old washed-up Mexican stereotype, “Chente” (as he is popularly known), put a halt to the music and went off on an expletive-laced tirade against the GOP front-runner, telling the audience:
“The day I come across him, I’m going to spit in his face! I’m going to tell him to go **** himself.”
The beloved Chente then launched into a song about a Mexican immigrant who keeps getting busted trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
Apparently, if you’re a famous Mexican named Vicente, nobody holds you accountable for dropping the F-bomb in front of a large audience; back in February, Vicente Fox appeared on Univision, telling anchor Jorge Ramos that he’s “not going to pay for that ****ing wall”.
From potty-mouthed crooners to misinformed actresses (neither of whom has produced a hit since the George W. Bush era, incidentally), it seems that virtually every celebrity with roots south of the Rio Grande is determined to torpedo the Trump campaign. Yet, one can’t help but wonder if these attacks are motivated by deeply held convictions, or if they are merely pathetic publicity stunts by entertainment has-beens desperately trying to avoid falling into the inky abyss of irrelevancy. After all, Vicente Fernandez released his first album all the way back in 1966 and Hayek, a former Hollywood A-lister, has been reduced to voice work in animated lowbrow comedies (in 2016 she lent her voice to the character “Theresa Taco” in a film entitled Sausage Party).
Trump and his supporters, meanwhile, are not losing any sleep.