Not so long ago, Popsugar released an article called ‘Kylie Jenner Is Basically A Mix of All Of Your Favorite Latina Celebrities.’ When I first saw the title penetrate through my computer screen, I stopped whatever I was doing and stared at the headline and my refined mouth blurted out, “what the holy fuck is this?”
And I wasn’t the only one.
The internet went wild with wrath. The article compared Kylie Jenner to different celebrities, even the iconic Selena Quintanilla -- the Latina star who is so dear to our hearts. The article was taken down by Popsugar after anger shook their site. They of course issued an apology, and their statement reads:
“We hear your feedback on the original content of this post was loud and clear. As proud Latinas ourselves, we know that Kylie is not Latina and never meant to imply that she was; we were simply trying to point out the influence our strong, passionate community has on others. We apologized for any offense we caused.”
Those who vocalized their opinions on this article had one recurring statement: we want actual Latinos to actually represent Latinos. Makes sense, right?
Well now We Are Mitú, a content site that is focused on the Latino market came out with a new article called “Reasons Why We’re Crowning Queen Bey An Honorary Latina.”
Their Facebook headline for the post reads:
“How Beyonce Might Be More Latina Than You.”
According to the article, some of the reasons why Bey is an honorary Latina is because:
1) She shakes her hips like a Latina
2) Her besties are Latina
3) “We’re just gonna say it. She’s basically a Tejana.”
And guess what? The internet is not having it. I want to also just say this: the Latino culture is more than just having Latino friends and being able to shake your ass while reggaeton bleeds through the speakers. This reminds me of when people would say, “oh, I am more black than you because I listen to so-and-so rapper and I can twerk better than you.”
No honey, no.
Check out some of the comments on We Are Mitú’s post:
(By the way, the comment about Bey not being brown enough to be consider Latina is stupid. Shame on you commenter. Where my Black Latinas at?!)
Getting to the point of all of this...
What do you think about We Are Mitú's article? Should people be as upset with it as they were with Popsugar's? You can read their controversy article right here.