VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Why Mexicans Should Give Cinco de Mayo to the Americans

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Maybe if all May 5ths were like this...
Today, millions of gabachos and Mexicans alike will celebrate Cinco de Mayo in grand borracho fashion. I have written in the past about why I think May 5 is a bullshit Mexican holiday. But, hey: if people want to celebrate a bullshit holiday, Chicano yaktivists should just give it to the ultimate bullshitters when it comes to Mexican culture: gabachos!

This marks the return of my weekly ¡Ask a Mexican! video columns, which I used to do in 2008 and stopped for reasons you'll find out in the video. Enjoy!

Email: garellano@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @gustavoarellano.

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BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

Cinco de May is the traditional celebration of scrappy band of girls named Ashley, Heather and Peyton over the overwhelming sociaetal pressure to stop acting like insensitive, racist, over-priviledged, jerks who invaded the local cantina, drank themselves stupid and continuously shouted "whoo".

CDC01
CDC01

"Gabachos are gonna be stupid"...  so much for equality and non discrimination.  Way to bring people together and improve race relations.

Marc Morin-Lebel
Marc Morin-Lebel

Mon Dieu, Gustavo! Do you realize what's gonna happen when gabachos find out that "les français" returned the following year & won?! Or even worse, when gabachos find out about "l'influence français" in panes dulces & mariachi music?! ;-)

mehiconoesbueno
mehiconoesbueno

hey Mexicans.. less drinking, more studying... you don't want to be janitors all your lives, do you? 

donwtownbrown
donwtownbrown

Buen idea.  Certainly the mexicans haven't done anything with it.  And celebrating a temporary victory over the FRENCH, the worlds most cowardly soldiers, es tan mexica!

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

I'm betting most pochitos have as little clue about what Cinco de Mayo is about as los gabachos. Yes, folks, los pinchis frances grabbed control of Mexico and it was on Cinco de Mayo that they got their asses kicked out of town!

Aron Muro
Aron Muro

Gustavo's always bitching that no one is as Mexican as him. Fuuuucken crrrry baaaby! Waaaah!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Today marks the 5 year anniversary of my car being impounded in the city of Orange. Coming on the heels of over a decade of criminal harassment by white racist cops who deliberately dropped a neutron bomb on my reputation. Apparently, boldly advertising that your police in Orange County CA are vicious #donaldsterling sociopaths is part of the long term business plan of "entertainment industrial complex" INC.

Happy Cinco de Mayo and Happy Anniversary!

GFlewin
GFlewin

Gustavo.  You are a "Juan come lately".  Mexicans in Alto California have been celebrating Cinco since the mid 1800s.    It's tied to the American Civil War.  David Hayes Bautista just wrote a book about it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpYmjCUiRuw

Graciano Iracheta
Graciano Iracheta

a nic3 short video that sums up an even better essay he wrote....for all of us that have an attention span that goes under 5 mins...great job

MeToo
MeToo

It was a historical date in Mexican history co-op'd by the beer companies anyway. A day this gabacho has seen right through since he became of drinking age. I have never taken part, I've  always sen it as bullshit! Give it to the Bro's Besides real men Mexican or gabacho don't need a punk ass holiday as an excuse to get drunk!

Luis Fernando Manzo
Luis Fernando Manzo

France not the english.....lol......we won that battle but then we lost the rest.....lol....lil bit of history...lol

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Gus don't be a mendigo amargado. Why Cinco De Mayo became to be celebrated doesn't matter. It's a holiday, it's here, it's a celebration of our cultura. Now, no seas guey and go drink!

Vicente Govea
Vicente Govea

Since de mayo Puebla a city from Mexico beat the English with machetes lmao

tubthumper59
tubthumper59

This is an American celebration with a mexican flair started by Coors light back in the 80"s.

Don't understand all the hate, just have fun.......lol.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright

Any holiday that gets Manic Hispanic to play live is ok by me ...

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

I could and still cannot understand as to why we celebrate a festival for the Mexicans over french occupation and or a war when it has and did not have anything to do with the USA. That is unless I just don't get the whole gist or concept or the story.

Gerardo Martínez
Gerardo Martínez

Fuck Cinco de Mayo, long live the Mexican Monarchy and Emperor Maximilian.

Rodriguez Liz
Rodriguez Liz

I am Mexican American .. Just pass me a shot of tequila , hahaha

rodrigo998
rodrigo998

Why are OCWeekly writers so f'ing sensitive. You never hear white Irish guys crying about St. Patricks Day.

Find some news to write about instead of your hurt feelings and go drink a cranberry juice.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Get a passing grade in Advanced Engineering Mathematics and then you can come back here and speak to this Latino - until then you are just another OC idiot bruto pendejo.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

If you were earning $170K you'd be bitching too - whatever sells papers and page clicks.

earl31
earl31

@18usc241

Do bad...what did you do to get your car impounded....and still 5 years later you still do not have your car back....why??  My family has live in Orange since 1965 what wrong with the city of Orange?? 

hgonzalez30
hgonzalez30

@tongue_twister_for_t I wonder the same thing when it comes to St.Patrick's day. Why oh why do we continue to celebrate an IRISH holiday when it has nothing to do with the USA.

esoj1211
esoj1211

We might have been better off as a people....

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

No you're just a Mexican that came from Mexico that's living in the USA because you probably were not born here. If you were born here then you are an American and not a Mexican or unless you adopted the country.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@rodrigo998  

Apparently the Irish don't go bonkers about St. Patrick's day the way folks do in the US...it's actually hilarious when you think about it...

mehiconoesbueno
mehiconoesbueno

@18usc241


lol... your imaginary degree is as real as your paranoid rantings...., tell me, was your passing grade via an online "college".. you know, the same one that idiot villaraigosa went for law school??  

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

you're statement goes from certainty to probability, pendejo! I'm sure you're celebrating this shitty holiday like the rest of the pendeojos out there, ha! pendejo x1000

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

@fishwithoutbicycle @rodrigo998Change don't to didn't, St. Patrick's has become a multi-day party in Ireland.

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

@mehiconoesbueno

Don't forget to play with your caca with your white friends at Chapman. hahahah!

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