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Latinos: Under Attack and Underrepresented

We did our best to keep this episode free from the Naranja Vieja stinking up the White House but there is certainly enough going on in the world to keep Mike Robles and Pedro Rafael Rosado feisty — and that’s exactly how we like them. On this episode the dynamic duo discuss the following:

  • Racist screaming at young woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt gets charged for hate crime.
  • Public Service Announcement: Puerto Ricans are born American citizens.
  • Latinos continue to be attacked both figuratively and literally as evidenced by the horrifying beating of a 91-year-old Mexican man in California.
  • With all that’s going on in the world, now is not the time for civility. Pretending things aren’t as bad as they seem only makes things worse.
  • The real danger is domestic terror, not just for Latinos but for all Americans.
  • A message for wypipo: we know not all of you are racistso STFU about it!
  • Don Francisco and his #metoo moment(s).
  • Latinas are a white man’s Krytonite. (Yes, we went there… LOL!)
  • Hollywood continues to perpetuate the “White Savior” myth and rarely pairs Latinos as leads in romantic comedies. Or in any film for that matter.

A Rough Few Weeks for Us Beaners and Animals

It seems Latinos are under attack from all sides these days. The White House thinks we’re animals, Starbucks calls us beaners and some pendejo racist lawyer in New York City just can’t bear to hear the loveliness that is Castellano — unless, of course, it’s in his law practice. There you can spic it up to your hearts content. All billable hours, ya know.

Be sure to hold onto to something sturdy because Mike Robles and Pedro Rafael Rosado are ready to shake the foundation!

PODCAST: Don’t Let Us Be Misunderstood

Mike and I have returned from the wilderness and are prepared to drop all-new episodes of the show. We are fully aware that we angered a lot of people in our previous installments, and we’d like to say we won’t do that anymore, but the truth is even in this brief conversation we probably offended one or more of you out there. We just can’t help it. Saddle up vaqueros cuz…WE’RE BACK!

RR 19: Ebola Makes Americans Panic and Blame Hispanics

According to an article at BostInno.com I have a better chance at landing on the moon or starring in the role of Batman at your local multiplex than contracting the Ebola virus. There is a much greater chance that one of you reading this will (heaven forbid) suffer and die from influenza or heart disease than from the horrifying effects of Ebola. It is statistically more likely that a U.S. resident will win a Powerball lottery than catch Ebola.

Of course that doesn’t stop some people from blaming Latinos.

Maria Santana of CNN.com writes that conservative Republicans are painting Latino immigrants as Ebola carriers to fan the anti-immigration reform movement.

We here at Robles & Rosado are not shocked by this craven political move, we just want the GOP to make up its mind. Is it Ebola that’s going to flood over the border and devastate this great nation or will it be the marauding armies of ISIS?

Also on this episode we debut a feature highlighting Latinos/Latinas who aren’t household names but who should be. Actor and playwright Marco Antonio Rodriguez joins us to discuss his fabulous new production “Barceló Con Hielo” at Repertorio Español in New York City. 

As always, we walk the walk AND talk the talk. #LatinosForLatinos!

RR 14: MSNBC Keeps Getting It Wrong

We’d like to give Phil Griffin the benefit of the doubt and we desperately want to believe he wasn’t as insulting in person as he came across in pixels.

In reports from the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists about his apology for this year’s Cinco de Mayo on-air racist shenanigans, the president of MSNBC sounded smug and patronizing.

Comments like “When I walk by a Mexican restaurant, I get nervous,” and “when I see a sombrero, I get upset” seemed needlessly flip.

Mr. Griffin insists that the cable network’s addition of Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart to its lineup is an indication of positive change at the liberal-leaning news network.

While it’s a great first step, MSNBC has miles to go before it can claim their world has changed.

Also on this episode we address Republican congressman Mo Brook’s claim that liberals are waging a “war on whites” and how his colleagues across the aisle Luis Gutiérrez and José Serrano have taken off the gloves while going after the GOP on immigration.

Both major political parties are guilty of “Hispandering” and despite the Dems outrage, Latinos are not offended by that word. In a sincere effort to help, Mike offers his alternatives to the controversial portmanteau.

While Mike plays peacemaker I wonder what exactly are these much sought after jobs anti-immigrant protesters and pundits claim undocumented immigrants are taking from “suffering citizens”?

And we end the show on an up note with much needed positive news about Latinos in the U.S.

Yes, there is positive news about Latinos. Don’t look so surprised.

RR 03: Crabs In A Bucket Con Salsa

Have you ever noticed what happens when you toss a single live crab into a bucket that has no lid?  The crab will kick itself into survival mode and climb out.  Now, what happens when you put more than one crab into the same bucket?  If one of the crustaceans makes an escape attempt the others do everything in their power to drag him back down.

This week on “Robles & Rosado” Mike and Pedro discuss the crab mentality all too prevalent in our community.  Many successful people have been dragged down instead of lauded for their accomplishments by other Latin@s.  Each positive step forward is a success for all  of us but some members of our personal circles don’t see it that way.

Also on the show, Robles and Rosado prove that growing up in The Bronx more than adequately prepares a person to discuss foreign policy as news organizations in Russia make the case for Crimea to become an unincorporated territory much like Puerto Rico. George Lopez endures a rough week leading up to the debut of his new sitcom “Saint George” on the FX Network and Robert Rodriguez proves it’s good to be “El Rey”.

RR 01: Doing It For Ourselves

In this new web radio series Emmy winning comedian Mike Robles and radio host and journalist Pedro Rafael Rosado give you their humorous, unique, and occasionally controversial take on the Latino Experience.  The focus in this inaugural episode is on the growing clamor from social media savvy bloggers calling for equal Latino representation on U.S. entertainment vehicles.  The rebellious pair also tackle the perennial Latino vs. Hispanic debate, Hollywood starlets playing up negative stereotypes, and “Sabado Gigante”.