I read in the news that there were two apologies from journalists on morning network news programs because of things they did on the 5th of May. That's Cinco de Mayo. I didn't see the live news segments but, reportedly, a male reporter on MSNBC and Lara Spencer, co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America both visually summed up Cinco de Mayo as a day for wearing sombreros and drinking a lot of liquor, being or Tequila or Margaritas. Lara mentioned it being a day for increased Margarita sales. The MSNBC guy went with the drinking Tequila straight from the bottle reference. On the network news program.
This is actor Michael Peña.
This year, moviegoers saw him play the lead role in a big screen biopic. He played the 1960s civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez, the man who successfully fought for the rights of migrant Mexican farmworkers in California.
Here's a pic of Peña, Ferrera and director/actor Diego Luna.
Which leads me to think that, perhaps, there were no Mexican-Americans on staff working in the control rooms or in top positions of the news productions teams who could say "Are you sure you want to do that? How do you think minorities are going to react?" Just like back in the 1990s, I bet there were no Puerto Rican writers or producers present to say to the Seinfeld people in L.A. after reading a script, "Are you sure you want to set the flag of Puerto Rico on fire in this episode? Do you think Puerto Ricans in New York City are going to find that funny?" Puerto Ricans, of course, did not -- as NBC quickly learned when that particular Seinfeld episode aired.
If I was a producer on those news teams, in the morning meeting before the show, I would've said to my talent "No sombreros. No Tequila. No sarapes. Nothing that seems like an ethnic stereotype.
we can have fun, but remember...this is still a news program."
I'm glad the MSNBC people and Lara Spencer apologized.