This is a text message I received from a friend who is Mexican. She received it from her friend who is Mexican as well. When she sent it to me she was laughing about it. It may offend some people but I wanted to know what people think about it. I think it relates to the article on subversive signifiers.
“MEXICAN WORDS!! The teacher told Pepito to make sentences with his spelling words:
Maria likes me but cheese ugly.
Wen all my family gets in the care, there isn’t mushroom
My friend didn’t no how to make tacos so I shoulder
My friend always texas me fwds
Me and my friend shared a pizza, I got my piece and she got herpes
Ju told me ju were goin to the store and july to me!! Julyer!!
I had two cars but my wife rectum
I was going to the store with my wife but chicken go by herself
We only have one soda but its ok wheelchair
10. Chicken wing
My mom plays the lottery so chicken wing
A bully was messing wit my sister and I told him to liver alone
12. Body wash
I wanted to go to the bar but no body wash my kids
That woman over there has a nice body, Budweiser face so ugly?
Send to everyone who needs a laugh!!
That is the entire text message as it was sent to me. I think it is a really offensive text message to the Latino/a culture. The fact that some guy named Dave came up with this on his own and said to send to everyone who would need to laugh is representative I think of the attitude some people in this society have towards the Latino culture. Also, I thought it was interesting as well that he took the time to intentionally misspell words such as ‘goin’, ‘ju’, ‘wit’ etc… Also, I thought it was interesting that the beginning of the text says Pepito was making sentences with his spelling words, implying, that it would be a young child but then the fact that most of the sentences have to do with Pepito’s wife, imply that he is actually older but that this guy Dave doesn’t think that Latinos/as have a very high educational background and that they level of a grown adult would only be at that of a young child. I think this is absurd and very offensive. It plays into stereotypes way too much. What are your thoughts?