Mexico – It’s officially fight week for the biggest match of this generation. Those south of the border looking to watch Floyd Mayweather take on Manny Pacquiao this Saturday just got some really good news. According to TMZ sports, the two major networks in the country, Televisa and Azteca, have come to an agreement to air the fight for free in Mexico this weekend.
The World Boxing Commission, one of the sanctioning bodies for the fight, is based out of Mexico City and told TMZ, “Televisa and Azteca must be recognized for their great commitment, for bringing to Mexico this bout for free. This has never, ever happened in any country of the world.”
The WBC has a long history with both fighters, and their Welterweight Championship that Mayweather currently holds is up for grabs in the fight. They also work with the networks in Mexico often, so it seems that they lent a helping hand in making the fight free in their home country.
For everybody else, Mayweather and Pacquiao face off this Saturday on pay-per-view for the hefty price of $89.99 in standard definition and $99.99 in HD.
How about Mexico swooping in and stealing America’s thunder for the most popular fight of our generation? While tickets and hotels are going through the roof, Mexico is calmly entering the conversation and showing the fight for free. While us schmucks in the USA are spending 100 god damn dollars to watch two guys hit each other with gloves on, the fine people of Mexico will be watching it for free. Power move by Mexico, and I respect the hell out of it. If I could afford it, I’d fly down to Mexico and watch the fight for free, but that doesn’t make any sense at all, so I’m just going to drink a lot of beer and watch it here. Mayweather by decision. Mark it down.
Booo – “If you didn’t already know, Cinco de Mayo is a bigger deal in the United States than in Mexico. Here, this unofficial holiday is almost as popular as, oh, St. Patrick’s Day — which means it’s unfortunately become a drinking holiday. So much so that it’s been nicknamed, Cinco de Drinko and even Gringo de Mayo.
Actually today commemorates Mexico’s victory against the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, and according to research by UCLA professor David Hayes-Bautista, it isn’t a Mexican holiday at all but rather an American one created by Latinos in California during the Civil War.
In a perfect world, folks would use today as an opportunity to learn more about Mexican history and culture, but the sea of margarita and nacho specials might be too distracting for some. So, in the spirit of not completely raining on everyone’s parade, we’ve compiled a list of Cinco de Mayo faux pas to avoid so as not to offend others and/or embarrass yourself today.
1. ‘Happy Cinco de Mayo!’… said no Mexican ever
Today is not Mexico’s independence day (which is September 16) so you should refrain from treating it as such. You will rarely see a Mexican in the U.S. or in Mexico — outside of where the battle actually happened — acknowledge, let alone celebrate, the holiday. So simmer down.
2. Resist the urge to wear sombreros and fake mustaches because, well, stereotypes
While it may seem like all fun and games, these costumes essentially reduce cultural and traditional costumes to a caricature. Take it from the Penn State sorority sisters who learned the hard way after donning ponchos during one of their “Mexican-themed” parties. (Not to mention the offensive signs they made to accompany their costumes.)
3. Enjoy traditional Mexican libations, but don’t use Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to get brutally inebriated
There’s a thin line between enjoying a drink special with friends and running amok after taking 13 shots of tequila. Plus, blacking out drunk is sort of disrespectful given Cinco de Mayo is in remembrance of a battle, meaning lives were lost. In other words, keep it classy, folks.
4. Avoid using your high school level Spanish with native Spanish speakers today
Any attempts to awkwardly “connect” will likely come off as cheesy and empty. And, please don’t ask anyone to “speak Spanish” for your amusement because that’s just disrespectful. Plus, not all Latinos speak Spanish so you may be striking another nerve.
5. Don’t plan a trip to Mexico to celebrate a ‘real‘ Cinco de Mayo
Outside of the state of Puebla in Mexico, the holiday isn’t really celebrated at all. Even the celebrations in Puebla are much more tempered and family oriented. If you’re genuinely interested in Mexico, head to San Diego, San Antonio or even Mexico City on September 16 and indulge in an authentic experience in all things Mexican.”
CNN really making Americans look horrible with this post. They should’ve just titled it “Drunk American Assholes: Stop. Please Stop.” Well here’s a newsflash CNN: I don’t need a made up holiday to act like a drunken fool. Give me a bartender with a heavy hand and my debit card and I’ll show you how to get inebriated. “In a perfect world, folks would use today to learn more about Mexican history and culture.” Really? What world is it that you think you live in? Holidays like these are celebrated one way and one way only: we drink whatever it is we assocaite with that country. Cinco De Mayo is Corona and Tequila. Fourth of July is Budweiser. I don’t need a 5 point post about how I should or shouldn’t celebrate my Cinco De Mayo. Cue the music.
Greatest Movie Theater in the World Will Be Screening Every Episode of Game of Thrones Starting January 6th
Source – “Game of Thrones” fans better plan a trip to New Mexico!
The Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe will be screening every episode of the epic HBO fantasy series from Jan.6-Mar. 24.
Not only will fans be able to watch the episodes on a giant theatre screen, the screenings will also be free!
Every week 2 or 3 episodes will be shown along with door prizes, appearances by author George R.R. Martin (he owns the theatre, by the way) and there will even be special Skype appearances from some of the cast members.
Sounds like a great way to brush up on ‘Thrones’ before it returns for its fourth season this Spring!
For more information head on over to the theatre’s website here, and look below for a schedule of the screenings:
Monday, January 6: Season One, Episodes 1-3
Monday, January 13: Season One, Episodes 4-5
Monday, January 20: Season One, Episodes 6-8
Monday, January 27: Season One, Episodes 9-10
Monday, February 3: Season Two, Episodes 1-3
Wednesday, February 12: Season Two, Episodes 4-5
Wednesday, February 19: Season Two, Episodes 6-8
Friday, February 28: Season Two, Episodes 9-10
Monday, March 3: Season Three, Episodes 1-3
Monday, March 10: Season Three, Episodes 4-5
Monday, March 17: Season Three, Episodes 6-8
Monday, March 24: Season Three, Episodes 9-10
I have this sudden urge to move to Santa Fe. I don’t know why, but I’m assuming it has something to do with the Jean Cocteau cinema being the greatest movie theater in the history of the world. Automatically goes down as one of the greatest marketing strategies in world history. I get to watch Game of Thrones with George R.R. Martin!? What a phenomenal idea. Their is literally nothing I’d rather do than binge watch a great TV show. If I had to choose between food and water or binge watching GOT I’d probably die of starvation and dehydration. I’d consider making the trip just to see Daenerys’s boobs on the big screen. Medieval smoke show.
(Source) “Leaders of clowns gathered for a convention in Mexico City said Wednesday they are saddened that a killer disguised himself as a clown to kill a drug lord last week, and insisted no true member of their profession would have committed the crime.
Convicted drug trafficker Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix was shot to death Friday in the Baja beach resort of Los Cabos by a gunman wearing a clown costume, including a wig and a rubber nose.
The dead man was the eldest brother of Mexico’s once-feared Arellano Felix clan.
Clown leader Tomas Morales, a 21-year veteran of the trade who goes by the stage name ‘Payaso Llantom,’ said he was certain the killer was not a professional clown. He said clowns in Mexico, especially in outlying states, know each other and their costumes and makeup are individualized and recognizable.
The people who do that, they’re not clowns. I can swear on my mother’s grave it wasn’t a clown,’ said Morales, whose costume includes frizzy blue hair and a tiny top hat. ‘We are not like that … we are nonviolent.”
The nerve of some people. If you’re going to murder a guy, at least show some respect for the hard working clowns out there and dress as something else. Clowns are a nonviolent people. The only harm they do is creep people out. This criminal.is setting back clowns hundreds of years. All the work they’ve done to convince kids they’re not killers has been destroyed by one selfish guy. It seems like the killer put a lot of work into this murder. He couldn’t just walk up to a guy and shoot him. He had to go through hours of makeup. Probably took clown classss too. He may be a cold blooded killer, but you have to respect his dedication to the craft of murder.