Ask a Mexican

Why do you think we Mexicans make stupid people famous on social media? And are we stupid for doing that?

All right, not trying to call anyone stupid, (OK, so yes were are), but some viral videos may be going over the top. A viral video is any clip of animation or film that is spread rapidly through online sharing. Viral videos can receive millions of views as they are shared on social media sites, re-posted to blogs, sent in emails and so on. They can spread like a disease. Many of these videos are meant to be funny, and they are, for some people and for a little while.

Most recently a quinceañera has rocketed to unbelievable fame. Millions of girls turn 15 every day, but this girl, Rubi, was made famous because her online party invitation, which was a video of her very simple rural father inviting guests to the party he is hosting, went viral. It somehow got a life of its own.

 Rubi was in the video, standing silently between her mom and dad, looking pretty and 15. The papa was in a cowboy hat and jeans, the mother was standing there silently, dressed like a mama.  Papa ended the announcement with the Mexican version of, “you all come”, and off it went.

The party will take place in Bumfuck Egypt, with a population of roughly 130 people.

One reason could be the 500 dollar prize for the winner of a horse race. for the winner of a horse race, a tradition held in this tiny town.

Rubi has since appeared in Mexican morning talk shows, received an acting scholarship at one of Mexico’s top acting schools, and a handful of artists have confirmed their performance at the party.

Then Interject joined the party, offering a 30% discount on all flights to the state of San Luis Potosi around the date of the party.

What is so wrong about this? Disclaimer: as I am writing this I realize I am contributing to the fame she is getting, but I would like you, my darling readers, to get a glimpse of what is becoming what we call the Televisa culture.

 Anyway, back to the point. Here is a young lady from a small community getting all this attention when there are thousands of other things we could focus on. Plus, many political figures have been horning in on the phenomenon, as if that were to make them more likable. 


What do you think about the internet’s ability to make instant heroes out of what would be ordinary people doing ordinary things?


1.Enrique Dolores, 62, gardener.

I think the real reason is because people are bored, they don’t use their time in something productive and they lack critical thinking. They get their brains all busy with nonsense like this, and they have no time or spare for things that matter, like the gas going up or the peso going down.


2.Josué Bernal, 27, programmer.

It has something to do with how Mexicans make a joke out of everything. But the fact that those jokes are going farther than they should speaks a lot about our lack of creativity too. I think that people who make an actual conversation out of it are missing a huge chunk of brain.


3. Luis Flores, 26, accountant.

I have heard some theories that the spotlight is being focused on these people because our country is undergoing great change, not in a positive way and it’s better for politicians if Mexicans are distracted like that. Personally I don’t believe it completely but it does make a little sense that we are distracted from what really matters.


4. Diana Corona, 45, teacher.

I think it’s a shame we are turning into a pop culture country. This is not even culture but I don’t know how to call it. All the important things that Mexico has accomplished are being dulled by all these empty subjects. For example, there was a young girl who won an international math contest, why aren’t people shining the light on her? Probably because it’s not entertaining enough.


5. Cecilia Diaz, 38, nurse.

I think it’s a coping mechanism. Our county has so much bad news, people turn to these “funny” things on the internet and the people become famous by accident. I don’t think we are as stupid as everyone thinks, but what options do we have left? Just to laugh at our own misery.


6. Jose Chavez, 56, painter.

I don’t really care about that. It’s a generation thing, at my age I don’t even open Facebook or any social media sites and my kids know I have far too many worries so they don’t tell me about this. What I do know it’s not fair, is that these people are getting attention for nothing, when those who really need it are still in the shadows.  ,