#101HispanicWaysToDie

#101HispanicWaysToDie was a trending topic on social network Twitter today.

The range of responses to the hashtag was interesting. The vast majority, including myself, had fun with the hashtag – just some light-hearted joking around. Others became nostalgic for childhood, even when it meant remembering being smacked with a chancla. Some people expressed disgust at the hashtag, possibly assuming the worst, and not actually checking it out. Then there were the racists who couldn’t resist jumping in and talking about illegal border crossing – decidedly NOT funny.

One Latina tweeted “say [to your parents] you’re going out with a moreno” – It was unclear whether the person who wrote it meant it seriously, as an honest commentary on their reality, or if they were trying to be humorous. This unfunny tweet which points out the racist tendencies of some parents, was re-tweeted 301 times and favorited 119 times at last count and there were other similar tweets which, perhaps reflect a sad reality that deserves more discussion en la comunidad latina.

Whenever there’s a trending hashtag on Twitter, you’re going to get this diverse mix of funny, honest and offensive. I jumped in and tried to keep my tweets light and funny. Here they are re-purposed for this blog post. Feel free to add your own in comments!

13 Latino Ways to Die

1. Suffocation after too much Vicks Vapo-Rub has been put up your nostrils.

2. Pine-Sol and bleach fumes after your mother cleans the house.

3. Setting off illegal fireworks.

4. Third degree cheese burns from not allowing the pupusa to cool before attempting to consume.

5. Laughing with your siblings during misa.

6. Accidentally telling your Mom that you’re “embarazada” when you actually mean to say you’re embarrassed.

7. Parents use a lesson from the old country. You respond “But we’re not in El Salvador! We’re in the United States!”

8. Empacho

9. Riding in the back of a pickup truck.

10. Laughing when your parent translates a Spanish idiom to English but it makes no sense.

11. Rooting for the U.S. team when they play your parent’s home country in soccer.

12. Kicked in the nalgas by a bota picuda.

13. Making too much noise in the room when your abuela is trying to hear her horoscope from Walter Mercado.

Update! Related Link: #101HispanicWaysToDie Shows True Colors on ModernMami.com

Posted on November 26, 2012, in Culture, humor, Issues, Latinidad, race, racism, Salvadoreños. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. saw that trend last night and was surprised to see it still trending this morning!…Here’s the two i twetted…

    going out in the 60 degree weather without a “sueter” on like grandma said! #101hispanicwaystodie

    Running in total darkerness after someone in the finca yells, “la llorona!” #101hispanicwaystodie

    One more;
    Asking why all the mujeres swim in boardshorts or “chores” and not swimsuits/bikinis.

  2. So ignorant. What more can be said?

  3. Thanks for letting me know…not even sure how you found it! ;) Strange tweets still going this morning…

  4. I’m mexican and I have not problem with this kind of humor. We the mexicans (and latins) are the first who laugh always about our selves. So, It’s ok.

  5. The first three, 5 and 6 had me laughing so hard. Brought back crazy memories. Ay ya yay the things we went, and go through with our familias..

  6. This is fun humor and I don’t find it ignorant. I was born in El Salvador and I can relate to a lot of this. It’s fun.

  7. Priceless!!! I’m forwarding this to my husband.

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