VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Whether It's Homophobic to Chanto "Puto!" During Soccer Matches

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Mexico is having a hell of a FIFA World Cup...and of course, something comes along to fuck it up. In this case, it's Mexican soccer fans, who just love to chant "¡Puto!" ("Faggot!") during a soccer match. In this week's video version of my ¡Ask a Mexican! column, I tackle the subject as if it were the fresa face of Chicharito.

One point I forgot to cover in my video: Mexican soccer fans are notoriously un-P.C., as evidenced by them chanting "Osama! Osama!" when the U.S. side played Mexico at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City back in 2004 and even more. Ah, Mexicans...enjoy!

Is it Homophobic for Mexican Soccer Fans to Chant "Puto!" During Soccer Matches? --¡Ask a Mexican! from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

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Tu_Padre_pootoh
Tu_Padre_pootoh

you're saying that is an insult, but then you're saying that the difference between a Mexican straight man and a Mexican gay man are three beers?


Really? you're much more homofobic with that comment because you're generalizing it to ALL Mexican males. 


By the way, I don't know what's your descent, but if it's Mexican for sure, you're one of those who lost contact with his language/culture and do not have any idea how the word semantically bleached and is used as a verb, adjective, intensifier, noun, etc... 


llamanoir
llamanoir

I won't be using that. I wouldn't use "little girl" as an insult, though. Nothing wrong with being a little girl.

adriana_acost63
adriana_acost63

Ok, here we go again.Puto is not used in soccer games as an offensive word, In Mexico we use it to maximize things, for example, when its too cold we say ; Que puto frio., when we hit hard on ourselves  we say, que putazo me di!  this word has been used for 6 generations  before mine, in soccer games its usual in all Mexico,  and nobody getts offended, it is yelled to the goal keeper so he does a bad move not o offend him, in fact the word comes from a mother tongue NAHUATL one of our ancients languages. In pre-hispanic times we played ball games with hips and believe it or not, Putotzin means, goal keeper I hope you make a bad kick. Please read more and DO NOT offend any culture, custom or tradition Since ALL the world fans has their own "war yells" in soccer games, we MEXICAN people do not offend anyone. Curious thing, FIFA has finger pointed us as soccer fans but they didn´t say a word when hundreds of people were killed 2 months before the world cup started, they were homeless people and they killed them to remove them from the stadiums surroundings, a lot of people´s humble homes were destroyed and they were sent to shelters, AND FIFA DOES NOT SAY A WORD! I DISAPPROVE  ALL VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION, WHATS WORSE? KILLING PEOPLE OR BEING THE BEST FANS EVER IN SOCCER?

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lisaljimerson

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KevaRosenberg
KevaRosenberg

Jesucristo.. At least they're not using "maricon"

rodrigo998
rodrigo998

OC weekly knows, only the white man (or woman) can be homophobic.

mehiconoesbueno
mehiconoesbueno

Hey Mexicans, going through life fat, drunk and stupid is no bueno

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Get it right Gus, what the Mexican fans actually chant is "Ahhhhhhhhhhhh .... Puto!". None of these fans are being homophobic, that's just lame. So everybody yells puto in unison because they're afraid the goal keeper is a puñal? Please. Are they being disrespectful? I'll buy that. To those offended, how does the saying go? "Stick and stones broke a bone.." whatever. Viva Mexico!

bsinger
bsinger

Wrong.

During the game it's not puto, puto, puto but rather ahhhhhhhhh puto!

It's being used as in coward or as in fucker.

Coward is not a synonym of gay.

Puto has many more meanings than faggot as in:

Que puto calor hace en Orange County.

Que puto tráfico para llegar a tu pinche casa.

Pinches putos los de la FIFFA, bola de corruptos.

Ese puto libro me aburrio. No es muy bueno.

Ese puto Cafe está frío.

And finally,

Puto el que lo lea.

Rodrigo Mojica
Rodrigo Mojica

Of course not. Puto is slang in Mexico and nothing more. Nobody gets offended by that word over there, it's not like saying "chinga tu madre" which most Mexicans find very offensive.

BigRiver
BigRiver

Mexicans having no class?  You mean the immature and insecure angry bunch who blame 'whitey' for all their problems and think it's America's fault that Mexico is a shit hole?  What else is new? 

Tulusse
Tulusse

-  KINDER GARDEN LESSON .:


In México PUTO, is used for cowards, traitors and friends.


Greeting:  Wassup Puto?!


Insult: Is there a problem whit what i am saying, Puto?


Between Friends:  Pass me a drink, puto!


In some contexts is like ¨Fucking¨  Mueve tu Puto coche= move your fucking car.


¨ Puto¨ trafico !!  Fucking rush time. ¨ Puto¨ referi,  Fucking Refferie .


And :  That Puto Gringo thinks Cancun is part of the USA.


Learn, before writing a PUTO article.  



GUS_HAS_BUNNY_EARS
GUS_HAS_BUNNY_EARS

Mexican soccer fans are a disease. they boooo the US national anthem (even though this country gave them more than they could ever have dreamed of ba ck in Mexico) and now this….and they justify it all by saying 'we have passion in our blood'….well, everyone has passion…..most of us are just mature enough to control it. 



Erny Nuñez
Erny Nuñez

No words can sugar coat THE FACT THAT ITS STILL A SLUR

Noe Pliego Campos
Noe Pliego Campos

I agree with Elisa. People are bending backwards trying to defend it; but it all roots back to being a homophobic/sexist yell.

rhayashi
rhayashi

I thought pultos = whore as in tu madre es pultos!

Barigboma Zorsirah
Barigboma Zorsirah

There hv nt been any true n clear prediction 4 d country 2 play final due 2 unexpected faillure of big teams. Wot a surprise, who is going 2 carry d cup? Likely, i gues; pple dt hv nt carry it b4.

Armando Jr Solis
Armando Jr Solis

There's no such thing as a 'puto' chant stupid..get it right!

Irving Lonvera
Irving Lonvera

It's just hard to tell with all this what's going to end up happening. Regardless what happens with the possible sanction, I'm not sure if the fans will take note or the FMF start imposing themselves on the fans. I get the feeling the fans will move onto a newer word to chant but who knows what that one will end up being.

Elisa Benitez-Hernandez
Elisa Benitez-Hernandez

When they're saying 'puto' it's all about questioning the goalie's manhood. They're still saying it with the intention of either calling him a bitch or as a homphobic slur.

Marco Antonio Meza-Soriano
Marco Antonio Meza-Soriano

I think as professional athletes, they don't even care what people yell. Unless it's a physical attack or a personal slur or insult while the athlete is just walking by, that wouldn't be cool.

adriana_acost63
adriana_acost63

@mehiconoesbueno FIrst of all is MEXICO not Mehico, if Mexico no es bueno Why all gringos come to the beaches every year to the spring break? Why thousands of Veterans live here in my town and love it, they buy enormous houses to live comfortably and happier here, we are warm people not cold as lce lime most of US fellows are, IF Mexico is not good than why do gringos prefer tequila and eat at taco bell ( the worst copy of a taco) can you answer WHY? IF YOU CANT do not offend us, U,S, has more fat people than us, drunk people are all over the world, I am a manager in  the best Tech Company, and it is a US company that is more than 100 years I have traveled  all over the world, I live and work in Mexico and I am proud to be Mexican,  in my company we travel a lot and all U.S. fellows love our culture, the ignorant kind like you think this way because they don't have enough money to travel to my beautiful country in where we hold an identity, a sacred background, we have principles, we hold a name, an origin. We treasure life and sacred things such as life and respect among us,.

jetmasterj17
jetmasterj17

@mehiconoesbueno Hey guy, insulting those of my kind is not a good idea. We are very cabrones, you know? Now stop writing like a retarded and get back to reality. If you'd please.

anonimowriter
anonimowriter

@BigRiver Another dunking out of my corral! If you are considered  a class person, reading your post, I can see what to expect of that ones who're not classified as class people. You feel inferior because you don't know our romantic language and because you not even know your own one.

adriana_acost63
adriana_acost63

@BigRiver Hahahaha Buddy you´ve never come to Mexico, its clear to me for your information in Mexico we are 65% white people because we come from French, Spanish and some German  roots also 

( Spanish From spain I mean ) I explain this because you are always confused by spanish, hispanic and Mexican,  We do have class, what you do not understand is that we are very passionate people, what you guys don´t have any idea about, we support our team with all our heart and  PUTO is not an offense please read my explanation above You will understand why. Greetings to US I am proudly Mexican, and I can tell you are the angry one,, Chill buddy

jetmasterj17
jetmasterj17

@GUS_HAS_BUNNY_EARS Please...just...please. Ok, US is a great country and has wonderful job opportunities we lack in Mexico. But seriously? Saying we owe YOU anything at all is almost as saying that Americans are in debt with England, wich is not the case. We owe them nothing so please refrain from spouting such absurd things without thinking. 


Have a nice day.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

It's evident your thought was wrong. Where did you get "pultos"?

adriana_acost63
adriana_acost63

FIFA will not take any action, please read my explanation, they understood why

jetmasterj17
jetmasterj17

It's jut that FIFA is being to bland. Everyone yells when cheering for it's team, and it's normal -for us mexicans at least- to use the expression "puto" to do this.

anonimowriter
anonimowriter

@mehiconoesbueno

I call that personal problem....@mehiconoesbueno.

you should learn to write, read statistic, analyze cultures and then open your big mouth @mehiconoesbueno. pa' nada

mehiconoesbueno
mehiconoesbueno

@jetmasterj17 @GUS_HAS_BUNNY_EARS 


hey Mexican, go back to your shithole of a country because unlike other immigrants this country did not let you in legally... what makes Mexicans so special that they can ignore the laws that every single country in this world has to follow to immigrate to this once great country

GUS_HAS_A_BIG_BLACK_
GUS_HAS_A_BIG_BLACK_

@jetmasterj17 @GUS_HAS_BUNNY_EARS You owe this nation gratitude. You owe this nation appreciation. You owe this nation  respect. We can find unskilled labor from anywhere in the world….who would be happy to show such respect. As far as England is concerned….they did write the Magna Carta and the European enlightenment is what led the creation of this nation. 

anonimowriter
anonimowriter

@mehiconoesbueno @jetmasterj17 @GUS_HAS_BUNNY_EARS obviously, the only "shithole" like you say is you man, 'cause you don't shit! We are from this land our roots are from here yours came across the ocean. Do you know why CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH survived because my grate grate grate Aunt POCAHONTAS saved him. I said this again, YOU SHOULD READ BEFORE OPEN YOU shithole MOUTH!

adriana_acost63
adriana_acost63

@mehiconoesbueno @jetmasterj17 @GUS_HAS_BUNNY_EARS Well my Us Fellow,. if all Illegals as you say will come back to Mexico, US will be lost, the fields wont be worked, the country wont be like it is now, and what about US illegals that live here in my country we never say a woRD? Of course you have ILLEGAL AMERICANS living here, doing businesses but noo you are the best in the whole word  ha ha ha and you are perfect, yeah right  please...look around and shush... 

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