Saturday, July 12, 2008

Old and New Mexicans

On the way to the Santa Monica Promenade and pier yesterday, I drove by a Malibu restaurant with a giant statute of a supposed Mexican stoically serving food. What meanings exist behind such images that market food? Paradoxically, icons advertizing for two Mexican food restaurants in Southern California portray Mexican men as gargantuan and “super” while being frozen in time and indolent.

Although many stereotypes continue to define Mexicans and Chicanas/os, my muse is grounded in the memory of the Frito Bandito commercials of the late 1960s and ‘70s. (Frito Bandito Song) Should these updated stereotypes be a concern?


1 comment:

William A. Nericcio said...

Barajas! Nice job! órale... check out some of the posts at the house the Frito Bandito built with Speedy Gonzales, Go-Go Gomez, and the rest at my humble casita on the web!

bill nericcio