Comedian George Lopez uses an anti-gay slur to attack Donald Trump.
Donald Trump unleashed an attack on Mexicans during his presidential campaign kick-off speech, which heÂ repeatedlyÂ has defended over the past few weeks. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people,” he said.
On Saturday night, American comedian George Lopez, whose comedy often examines Mexican-American culture, decided to turn the tables on Trump.
“This country is better with Latinos in it,” Lopez told his audience atÂ Phoenix, Arizona’s Celebrity Theatre.
And then the chant began.
“Donald Trump!,” Lopez shouted.
“Fuck that puto!,” the audience responded.
The chant repeated several times.
This is not the first time Lopez has used the chant against a political target. He’s also used it against Mitt Romney, Sheriff Joe Arpaio,Â “President George Bush and other Republicans for their anti-immigration, English Only and anti-Latino policies.”
The term “puto” is widely accepted to be a homophobic slur. It means gay, or male prostitute, but situationally and when used to insult can mean “fag” or “faggot.”
Last month, during the World Cup in Brazil, Mexico fans repeatedly yelled “puto!” to attackÂ Cameroon and Brazil.Â
Here’s Lopez and his audience, uncensored:
The story has appeared on Gawker, Billboard, andÂ The Hollywood Reporter, among others. None of these sites explained or issued any condemnation for the use of the slur. One Gawker commenter offered the correct definition.Â Gossip Cop chose to define the term as “male prostitute,” which is generous.
For those who disagree with the definition, and refuse to click on links:
Holly R. Cashman, Associate Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, who “researches language and identity, particularly around Spanish in the U.S., bilingualism, gender and sexual identities,” according to her bio, writes at the Huffington Post an article titled “Why ‘Puto’ Must Go“:
So, in my opinion, the current controversy over ‘puto’ boils down to two simple questions: (1) is it a homophobic slur?, and if so, (2) should its use be banned by FIFA? The short answers are: yes, and yes.
UPDATE IIÂ â€“
We’ve reached out to Mr. Lopez to ask him what he meant the word to mean. We’ll update this story if and when we hear back from him.
UPDATE IIIÂ â€“
The New York Daily News also reported on the George Lopez story today, writing, “Puto is an offensive term in Spanish, considered by some to be homophobic.”
UPDATE IVÂ â€“
In 2012 when Lopez used the word “puto” against Mitt Romney, the gay Republican group GOProud demanded an apology.
UPDATE VÂ â€“
Raw Story covered the Gerge Lopez story yesterday. “The pejorative ‘puto’ is often used as a disparaging name for a homosexual or male prostitute.”
UPDATE VIÂ â€“
Towleroad, last month, on the use of the word during the World Cup:Â
“Puto” isÂ the Spanish word for a male prostitute, “fag” or “coward”, and a derogatory term for gay men.
Image: Screenshot viaÂ Bridget Figueroa/YouTube
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Fox News Chief Lachlan Murdoch to Be Deposed in $1.6 Billion Dominion Defamation Case
Lachlan Murdoch, the executive chairman and CEO of Fox News‘ parent company, Fox Corporation, is set to be deposed next week in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit. Dominion Voting Systems, which manufactures voting machines, claims the eldest Murdoch son and his father, Rupert Murdoch, have responsibility in Fox News promoting pro-Trump false election fraud claims it says has caused its company harm.
Murdoch is “scheduled to face questions from Dominion’s lawyers on Monday in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports, and will be the highest-ranking official at Fox to be deposed by Dominion,” The Hill reports.
Fox News propagandists Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson have already faced Dominion’s attorneys.
After a federal judge in June ruled the case could move forward, Law & Crime explained, “Dominion’s lawsuit contends that Rupert and his son Lachlan Murdoch personally caused Fox News to broadcast false claims about their role in the 2020 election, even though the Murdochs knew former President Donald Trump’s election fraud narrative was false.”
Rupert Murdoch reportedly spoke with Donald Trump just days after the 2020 presidential election to tell him he had lost.
Judge Eric M. Davis ruled there is “a reasonable inference that Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch either knew Dominion had not manipulated the election or at least recklessly disregarded the truth when they allegedly caused Fox News to propagate its claims about Dominion.”
“Dominion has successfully brought home actual malice to the individuals at Fox Corporation who it claims to be responsible for the broadcasts,” Judge Davis added, Law & Crime reported.
A federal judge has rejected Fox News’ First Amendment defense. The case is expected to be argued before a jury early next year.
82-Year-Old Black Woman Arrested and Handcuffed by Alabama Police Over $77 Unpaid Trash Bill
Martha Menefield, an 82-year-old Black woman in Valley, Alabama, had police officers show up to her home on Sunday and arrest her for failing to pay a $77 trash bill, CBS42 reports.
Menefield told CBS42 that she thought the bill had already been paid, “but they said it hadn’t.”
“And the cuffs,” she said, her eyes swelling with tears. “They’re so heavy.”
When the officer told her not to cry, Menefield asked him, “How would you feel if they came and arrested your grandmama?”
“I’m just happy my grandkids weren’t here to see that,” Menefield said, her voice shaking. “That would have upset them. I was so ashamed. And it’s been bothering me.”
In a post on the city’s social media account, Valley’s police chief defended the arrest.
“City of Valley Code Enforcement Officers issued Ms. Menefield a citation in August of 2022 for non-payment for trash services for the months of June, July, and August,” Chief Mike Reynolds’ statement said. “Prior to issuing the citation, Code Enforcement tried to call Ms. Menefield several times and attempted to contact her in person at her residence. When contact could not be made, a door hanger was left at her residence. The hanger contained information on the reason for the visit and a name and contact phone number for her to call. The citation advised Ms. Menefield that she was to appear in court on September 7, 2022, in reference to this case. A warrant for Failure to Pay-Trash was issued when she did not appear in court.”
Since the arrest, Menefield has been thinking about the role of God in her life.
“I’ve been questioning God a little bit,” she said. “I guess cause I’ve been so upset. I had a daycare here for eight years, and I’ve been asking the Lord. I say ‘Why did this happen to me as much as I’ve done for people, Lord? I’ve paid my tithes every Sunday. I ushered at church. I was just questioning. Something’s just not right.”
Read the full report over at CBS42.
‘Another Happy Jobs Day’: Economists Thrilled With ‘Amazing’ Report as Jobs Growth Beats Expectations, Wages Increase
The Biden economy added a whopping 263,000 jobs last month, crushing expectations of 200,000, and wages are growing as well, leading one economist to declare “another happy jobs day.”
The U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) adds that unemployment remains at a near-historic low of 3.7% in November, “and has been in a narrow range of 3.5 percent to 3.7 percent since March.”
University of Michigan School of Economics Professor Justin Wolfers exclaimed, “It’s yet ANOTHER happy jobs day. Payrolls rose +263k, well above expectations.”
“This expansion just keeps on rolling on,” added Wolfers, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.
Wolfers also takes on those who have been falsely pushing “recession” talking points.
“BTW, remember all that recession talk? It was nonsense. Bollocks. Cow dung,” he tweets. “There never was a recession. And the economy sure doesn’t look like it’s in one now. Job growth at this rate is the economy singing: ‘This is a robust expansion.'”
And he also slams the doom and gloom forecasters.
The flip from “Recession!” to “Overheating!” is just about the perfect example of the bad news bias in most economic commentary.
Look folks, if the economists you talk to are always gloomy, they’re only giving you half the story.https://t.co/mcD76jthvN
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) December 2, 2022
Economist David Rothschild sums up where the Biden economy is compared to the rest of the world.
“Economy is far from perfect,” he writes, “but conditional on the worldwide pandemic and supply chain issues generated from pandemic: US economy has done *amazing* over last 2 years.”
In news alerts The New York Times reported hiring “continued to exceed expectations,” The Wall Street Journal called it “a sign of continued strength in the labor market,” and even Fox News reported it as “stronger-than-expected.” CNN referred to the jobs report as “robust” and “defying expectations.”
“America’s jobs engine kept churning in November, the Labor Department reported Friday, a show of continued demand for workers despite the Federal Reserve’s push to curb inflation by tamping down hiring, The Times reported. “The labor market has been surprisingly resilient in the face of successive interest rate increases by the Fed over the past year. Even sectors normally sensitive to borrowing costs, like construction and manufacturing, have been slow to back off the brisk pace of growth they posted coming out of the pandemic.”
The BLS also broke down unemployment numbers by demographics.
“Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (3.4 percent), adult women (3.3 percent), teenagers (11.3 percent), Whites (3.2 percent), Blacks (5.7 percent), Asians (2.7 percent), and Hispanics (3.9 percent) showed little or no change over the month.”
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