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John Leguizamo is Still Not Puerto Rican! WEPA!!!

A version of this article first appeared on Mike Robles Buzz

When I first heard about Mr. Leguizamo not being Puerto Rican
my first thought was – WEPA!!!

WEPA! for us Puerto Ricans is a trigger word used to express emotion, both good and bad. “Tito just got his GED – WEPA!” or your dad let’s out a nice, long fart and you go  “WEPA!!!”

You get the point. In this instance WEPA was used by me to express surprise!

jl I always suspected that John was not Puerto Rican but to me it was was always about his body of work, his passion for the art and his love of being Latino! John has represented Latinos better than any artist I know. The fact that he may have intentionally or unintentionally forgotten his roots is irrelevant.

He certainly didn’t do anything to hurt Puerto Ricans, did he?

John Leguizamo is a human being sharing his soul with the world!
Have you seen “Ghetto Klown” “Freak” “Mambo Mouth” – should I continue?

As Latinos, we get caught up in this self-pride as to whose race is better.  On my new Comedy CD “Mike Robles – Live From New York City -WEPA!!!” (shameless plug, I know) I have a track called “Don’t Confuse The Races” where I address this issue.

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Perhaps this incident will raise awareness to the fact that inter-racial racism is a more serious problem for Latinos than we like to admit.

For more information on the talented John Leguizamo check out his profile at IMDB.

WEPA!!!

RR 07: I’m Latino and Successful. So Where the White Women At?

What do Antonio Banderas, Eva Mendes, Cameron Diaz, Enrique Iglesias, Roselyn Sanchez and John Leguizamo have in common? Well, we know they are all Hispanic but did you know all of their significant others are white?  It’s almost a cliche these days but it seems that as soon as a Latino becomes a success in Hollywood they are no longer “down with the brown”.

Love is (color) blind and we here at the Robles & Rosado Show are in no way passing judgement on these talented and hard working actors and entertainers. What we are simply trying to do is understand why this phenomenon is so prevalent in the Black and Hispanic communities.  What kind of message does this send?

Also on the show we discuss the impact of Sonia Sotomayor. The first Hispanic to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court sent a very clear message with her dissent in the Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action case: Race matters.  Justice Sotomayor powerfully and effectively details why Affirmative Action is still vitally important for this country.

 

RR 06: The Bromance Continues

According to reports Latinos are faring better financially than Blacks in the United States but in the race for income equality both minority groups have a long way to go to close the gap against Whites.

A Santa Ana, California school cop puts crying teen in a choke-hold, then yells at witnesses to stop speaking Spanish.  The stressed officer obviously had a limited grasp of the language but no need to worry! Mike Robles has a very reasonable solution to the problem of police officers and a second language.

PTSD and other mental health issues are a real concern for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.  In a very emotional and moving segment, Mike makes the case for why we need to pay more than just lip service to the problems facing our soldiers as they return to civilian life after dealing with the rigors of war.

This week’s bochinche focuses on Rob Lowe and John Leguizamo. The former claims he was too pretty for Hollywood and the latter quietly backs away from claims that he’s Puerto Rican.

Both get the Robles & Rosado treatment.