How Not To Be Offensive On Cinco De Mayo

How not to be culturally appropriate on Cinco de Mayo.

Well, it’s Cinco de Mayo and a lot of tequila will be guzzled down today, but unfortunately there will also be some cultural appropriation.

But guess what? If you’re not a total asshole who doesn’t give a shit, you can avoid insulting an entire culture.

We’re here to help!

1. DON’T Wear A Sombrero, Fake Mustache, Or Poncho

By doing so you’ll only be perpetuating hurtful stereotypes. Remember, a culture is not a costume. You’ll also look like an epic douche like Brody Jenner (above).

2. DON’T Call It Mexican Independence Day

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. It’s actually the day commemorating the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when Mexican forces defeated the French even though they were woefully outnumbered.

3. DON’T Be A Hypocrite

Don’t pretend you’re celebrating a culture when you’re also a hateful prick who supports Trumpelstilskin and wants a border wall built.

4. DO Eat Tacos, Drink Coronas, & Support Latino Businesses

You can certainly celebrate by eating delicious Mexican food and drinking cervezas, tequilas, and margaritas to your heart’s content. Well, okay, don’t drink too much — you could get alcohol poisoning and, in horrible cases, actually die. Drink in moderation! But there’s nothing wrong with celebrating by enjoying a culture’s traditional foods and supporting its people.

Be respectful, be safe, and have fun!

[Image via WENN.]

May 5, 2017 11:17am PDT

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