Rancho Santa Margarita Firefighter Fundraiser Shirt Under Fire for Mexi-Mocking Santa Ana

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The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is in hot water after a Rancho Santa Margarita station T-shirt made to raise funds has only raised ire instead. The design features a fire truck, a chicken perched atop it, cholo firefighters, a 50-cent tamale stand and a pit bull with Old English lettering that reads "Rancho Santa Ana: There Goes the Neighborhood."

In the controversy first reported by KABC-TV Channel 7 news, OCFA Chief Keith Richter issued a no-pology saying, "The shirts were not intended to be derogatory toward any ethnic group, city or community."

ABC7's Eileen Frere reported that the idea for the imagery came from a former Santa Ana firefighter "who happens to be Hispanic." The city's department was dissolved and former employees have been reassigned, including a number to Rancho Santa Margarita--or "RSM" as the cool kids call it. And since the only way Mexicans are accepted in the city is if they mock themselves, those bomberos had to step up their game, you know?

Others helped the unnamed firefighter as a number of shirts were sold among colleagues ahead of a memorial held yesterday for Greg Hennessey, a fireman who died on duty in RSM of a heart attack.

Chief Richter insists that former Santa Ana firefighters were merely bringing some "culture and history" from their former location, which is just excusing South County's traditional loathing of SanTana. Saying "There goes the neighborhood" in tandem with SanTana Mexi-mocking is no bueno even if the pendejos at fault turn out to be Mexis themselves!

If anything, once the Reconquista reaches RSM, the shirts have saved the trouble of coming up with a new name for its new reality: Rancho Santa Ana!

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Jlee Bak
Jlee Bak

Yes, let just all have some fun and stop all the "I'm to sensitive" to walk this earth!

lauraweinstein
lauraweinstein

They don't, exactly. They're scared and ignorant and need to pick on others. Education solves this--look it up!!! When I moved to Orange County, people didn't talk to one another much or talk to their neighbors. All along the same line..I'm glad that baby will be brought up in loving all.... Peace 

robert_graham
robert_graham

Nothing wrong with the shirt. It's an accurate portrayal.

lauraweinstein
lauraweinstein

Orange County is quite ugly with uneducated, prejudiced Americans. We've known about it for years. No surprise. I would loveee  to see them pick their own strawberries or wash their own cars!! haha FYI. My girlfriend, Dahlia, is from Mexico. When she tried to teach me vocabulary in Spanish, she'd say, "oh, its a past perfect particlple..blah blah." Personally, I never learned those very well. And I found out that in Mexico, you don't finish school until you know the longest rivers, biggest mountains. I'm not educated on that information. So, in closing, Mexico is more educated than we are. These American people are uneducated, unhappy, so they take it out on the happy-with-very-little Mexicans. Peace

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Mostly offensive to guilted white busybodies. A few mexicans emulate this but most don't care in the least.

Stoli Oropeza
Stoli Oropeza

So much for humor... I'm Mexican and I'M NOT OFFENDED! I would buy this shirt and support the cause. Grow up people.

fc2479
fc2479

Ha Ha Ha....where can I get one.....

Fernando Herrera
Fernando Herrera

Chinguen a su madre! (*this statement is not intended to be derogatory towards any racist fire department members, just fun and games, y'no)

Jodi Bernal
Jodi Bernal

because it's absolutly blatant. . .and not just partially as the norm daily basis in the face

PaulyWalnuts
PaulyWalnuts

I like this shirt! Came from a Hispanic firefighter? Right on man, life is to short to be taking every little thing serious and to label every thing rascist :)

April Anglin Melanson
April Anglin Melanson

There goes the neighborhood? I'm so sure! The house prices in RSM are a good 100k below Santa Ana.

Santi Sanchez
Santi Sanchez

Fuck you Gary Cooper, maybe you've nvr been inside the SAHS gym to see all their accomplishments.....maybe you wldn be so ignorant to judge.....

Josh English
Josh English

Not surprised. :/ Would you expect anything less, from South Orange Curtain?

Otis Denim
Otis Denim

" start slippin' " - HA ! The bottom has been the gold standard since day one with hooker ads replaced by pot ads .

Bobby Godinez
Bobby Godinez

No respect from a Planned Community ... no surprise.

JoeDoaks
JoeDoaks

someone always has to ruin a good thing. This brotherhood of firefighters lost their brother right there in their station. What wrong with them having a little fun amongst themselves as they attempt to fund raise for the fallen brothers family. The complainers should grow up and if they feel the need see a psychiatrist. Not a palm reader.

Scott Simpson
Scott Simpson

Those guys are all American heroes, just ask one of them.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

And as I've mentioned on other occasions, fire personnel throughout Orange County CA are engaged in harassment.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

In 1997, this Latino man and his new Colombian immigrant fiancee moved to Rancho Santa Margarita to get away from the insanely criminal and racist idiots Stan Knee (GArbage Grove PD Chief) and Randall Gaston (Anaheim PD Chief) only to find out that Orange County Sheriff Brad Gates and his deputies were the biggest racist assholes of them all (reference traffic stop Antonio parkway between 241 and OSO).

Irony.

Rob Rankin
Rob Rankin

I grew up in Mission Viejo (a stones throw from the one road leading to RSM )and now I live in Santa Ana. When I first saw this article I laughed, then I remembered RSM sucks, has always sucked and always will suck, so who gives a shit what they think?

Kelly Hughes Davis
Kelly Hughes Davis

I was gonna say "get a sense of humor", but that really is offensive.

Annette Lilypad
Annette Lilypad

I thought it was just me....poor punctuation also lost me!

Jack O'Loughlin
Jack O'Loughlin

well every town has another town to look down on. the Santa just makes it easy I guess

Chelsea Svir
Chelsea Svir

Are you currently hiring writers or editors? I lost complete focus on the intent of this article due to the author's and editor's skill level. Have you ever been distracted while listening to a speech giver use "um" too frequently?...That's how I felt while trying to read this article, which really resembles more of a Facebook rant. Don't start slippin' OC Weekly, wouldn't want you to lose credibility (that some of us fans happily defend) over poorly put together articles. Let's let the controversy shine, not the delivery of it ;)

Tommy Tingle
Tommy Tingle

Being a Mexican volunteer firefighter in KY I would love to have one of these shirts. Someone help me out in getting one, please.

Jake Rankin
Jake Rankin

What? who cares what RSM says? their night life is a car dealership and a tacobell. They didn't exist when I was a kid and barely do till this day.

Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper

Mocking ?? Santa Ana is nothing but a gang infested shit hole ... seems some people can't handle the truth ...

Rebecca Barajas
Rebecca Barajas

Omg how the world has changed...no freedom of speech now days. If you say it this way or that way there will always be someone out there somehow insulted over something. I think, its funny.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

I found that the average Colombian High School graduate made the average American High School graduate look like a brainless side branch of the human species.

lauraweinstein
lauraweinstein

@PaulyWalnuts  too short, and disrespect is disrespect. The worst thing you can do is be okay with this. It said you're only down if  you put yourself down. That's not the right reason. It's ugly and prejudiced, and they rednecks shouldn't get away with it. No more visiting red necked RSM. Redneck, similar monkeys.. RSM

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

The words of someone who hasn't been completely screwed by a collection of racists hiding behind the color of authority. Every little bit of this seemingly harmless bullshit needs to be called out for what it is - filth masquerading as fun and games.

As for the fact that the shirt was made supposedly by Hispanic firefighters, I wish i had a buck for every Latino or Asian male cop who obeyed illegal orders to violate the civil rights of this Latino American man. Or the Latino gang member types that your disgusting law enforcement community uses to commit crimes against other Latinos. I have never said that only some white people in Orange County have a total monopoly on being assholes - there are an endless stream of minorities willing to join in. It just so happens that it was a collection of racist white old police leader sociopaths who harmed me. Therefore I get to speak with mich authority on the matter. Thank you founding fathers.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Your "brotherhood" of firefighters and your "brotherhood" of police and deputies didn't give a damn about my family.

As for this mythical "brotherhood", try to do the right thing and expose your criminal colleages and watch what your "brotherhood" will try to do to you. I say try because this army of bully idiots turned out to be cowards once confronted by their victim.

As for the "you are crazy" meme, it's not my fault you are an American idiot with zero knowledge about even recent history who goes through life thinking that cops/firefighters/FBI/DA/judges/inelligence are always perfect little angels incapable of heinous criminal behavior. There is a new tool out called Google. Use it.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@18usc241  Please spare us from your tale of woe, again I might add.  To you, everyone is an asshole, except for the biggest one of all.  Look in the mirror and you will see the cause of your problems.  

processlife
processlife

@18usc241 racist this racist that!!!    but no mention of Gustavo arellano who writes the most stupidest racist shit about Hispanics and actually stereotypes them without realizing it..like George lopez does.. I would of never thought USC has a selective education practice.

processlife
processlife

a Mexican in Kentucky?      lol.. this shit is getting way out of control!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Stop projecting!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

... said the "cops can never do wrong"cop apologizing imbecile

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