The “We’re All Mexican” video released on Monday by Emilio Estefan is stirring up a huge reaction on social media and the internet. According to Billboard, Emilio Estefan released this video on Monday to help put the Latino population of the United States in a more favorable light.
Estefan said to the media that the video was not to combat Donald Trump or about politics, but immigration is one of the largest hot button topics of the 2016 election. A total of 35 singers and other celebrities offered their voices to the new music video. The celebrities that joined the project include “Pitbull, Thalia, Wyclef, Carlos Santana, Rita Moreno, Luis Coronel, Carlos Vives, Banda El Recodo, as well as Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, Perez Hilton and chef Jose Andres.”
In an interview with Fox News Latino, Estefan spoke about “We’re All Mexicans” before its release on Monday.
“We have so many problems, and they are talking about Mexicans being rapists and killing people. That wasn’t right. We love this country. We don’t take things for granted. It’s not about Donald Trump. It’s not about politics. [The song] is to inspire Latinos and to show people that we love this country. Thirty-five singers in the song, all celebrating America and American diversity. Even though we come from different countries, we feel the same things. [We] make great contributions to this country. We just want to be recognized and to say, ‘Thank you.’ Hispanics have died for this country. We pay taxes. We work hard. The United States is my country. We don’t take it for granted. I want people to know what we love this country.”
Estefan made it clear that the video is not an attack against Donald Trump. Soon after Trump tossed his hat into the presidential election ring, he made controversial comments that landed him in hot water with the Latino community. After the shooting death of a woman by an illegal alien caused outrage around the country, the heat lessened, but it pushed the immigration issue to the top of the list of topics of importance for this election.
According to the Miami New Times, Estefan said, “It’s not about him. It’s about everything I’ve seen around him. The song celebrates the positive contributions of immigrants in the United States as a balance to the negativity being expressed publicly.”
The “We’re All Mexicans” video is receiving a mixed reaction following its release on Monday. In their report on the video, Latin Pulse Times said, “we’d be lying if we didn’t say we expected much more. In fact, we were unsure if this was actually the official video.”
In the comments to Billboard’s report on the video, many others were vocal about their opinion of the video. One commenter remarked on the song itself, “Love the graphic, hate the sound track. Remember Vincente Fernandez, Menudo, Selena and Latino musicians who used to SING SONGS? Now all Estefan can come up with is American rap? I am SO disappointed. He could have done an actual MUSIC VIDEO and he chose sound trash. I’m going back to ‘Cantare, Cantaras.'”
Another commenter focused on the politics surrounding the song.
“These artists are calling themselves ‘Mexicans.’ If they really are Mexican, why don’t they confront what is really going on in Mexico. Peña Nieto and the government keep screwing the people, 43 students are still missing, their peso is devaluating, their biggest criminal just escaped from prison, cartel violence isn’t diminishing anytime soon, corruption, poverty and violence are still a huge problem in Mexico, yet no artist stands up to it. I am guessing these artists only want to jump on the ‘Bash Donald Trump’ Bandwagon, and cash in on ‘Mexicans’ in the US with the American Dollars. If Latinos claim to have so much ‘pride and power’ why don’t they use that to fix their corrupt countries they love so much?”
The song also received a mixed reaction on social media. Many took the time to share their opinion of the song on Twitter.
https://t.co/HV5efhLVZB Thank you Donald Trump… For Uniting all the Latinos… We’re ALL Mexicans… ❤💜💙💚💛
— ♥ (@ScorpioLesbian) September 22, 2015
I feel a bit divided because of the new song from the stefans… “we are mexicans” we’re not all mexican, we are… http://t.co/V9Kp3JkN7h
— JCS (a.k.a. Charlie) (@JCS_710) September 22, 2015
Hey, let’s do a “We’re All Cuban” video so we can pretend that Mexicans have the same privilege of citizenship on the spot that Cubans do.
— Kalli Tlahcuiloque (@puzzleshifter) September 21, 2015
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