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!
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.
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.