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Vanity Fair Under Fire

This article shows the much open racism that is still going on around the country today, and I ask for everyone to reads it to show that any type of
Racist commentary will not go unforgotten. PLEASE REAS ARTICLE.
All my friends.
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>> Those who are non-Hispanic see no problem remaining
>>my friend, and upon reading this, I expect you too will find a way to
>>express your disdain for such an uneducated, cheap excuse for
>>journalism. You can read the piece for yourself in this month's issue
of Vanity Fair Ironically, it is the issue with Mexican actress
Salma Hayek on the cover.
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>> ~Kathleen
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>> Subject: Vanity Fair Boycott
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>>
>> This Petition is to request a formal apology from
>> Vanity Fair and Dame Edna for the offensive article
regarding Latinos and the Spanish language which appears in
the February 2003 issue of Vanity Fair. In the meantime, please boycott
Vanity Fair magazine, and urge others to do the same.
>>
>> If you are offended by the word-for-word transcription below, please
>> copy (rather than forward) this email in a new message, sign it at
>> the end of the list, and send it to all of the people whom you know.
>>
>> If you receive this list with 100 names signed, please send it to
>> the Editor at  vfmail@vf.com
>>
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>> Excerpt, Vanity Fair (February 2003), p. 116,
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>> Ask Dame Edna:
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>> Dear Dame Edna:
>>
>> I would very much like to learn a foreign language, preferably
>>French or Italian, but every time I mention this, people
>>tell me to learn Spanish instead. They say, "Everyone is going to be
>>speaking Spanish in 10 years. George W. Bush speaks Spanish." Could
>>this be true? Are we all going to have to speak Spanish?
>>
>> Torn Romantic, Palm Beach
>>

>> Dear Torn:
>>
>> Forget Spanish. There's nothing in that language
>> worth reading except Don Quixote, and a quick listen to the
CD of Man of La Mancha will take care of that. There was a poet
>>named Garcia Lorca, but I'd leave him on the intellectual back burner if I
>>were you. As for everyone's speaking it, what twaddle! Who speaks it
>>that you are really desperate to talk to? The help? Your leaf blower?
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>> Study French or German, where there are at least a few books worth
>> reading, or, if you're American, try English.
>>
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>>
>> Dame Edna
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>> Dear Editor,
>>
>> I was infuriated at Dame Edna's response to Torn
>> Romantic, Palm Beach (Vanity Fair, February 2003).
Dame Edna could have chosen any number of amusing responses;
however, she responded using cheap, two-dimensional stereotypes of
Latinos and Latin Americans, revealing not only her racism but also her
profound ignorance of who we are. We are not just 'the help'
and the 'leaf blowers'. We are architects and activists, journalists and doctors, governors and athletes, scientists and business people. We are Nobel Prize Winners and Rhodes Scholars. We speak Spanish, but we also speak
>>fluent English, and many of us speak other languages as well. As of last
>>week, we are officially the largest minority population in the United
>>States at 37 million and 13% of the population.
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>> Without us, the economy o f this nation and the
>>Americas, and consequently the world, would come to a complete
>>standstill.
>> If Dame Edna were even remotely cultured or
>>educated, she would have read and lost herself in the exquisite writings of
>>Nobel prize winners Octavio Paz, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, and Pablo
>>Neruda. She would know that Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz was
>>one of the first feminists and poets in the Americas. She would
>>admire Isabel Allende and Sandra Cisneros for their passionate prose and
>>vibrant spirits.
>>
>> And of course, if it had not been for us, the world
>>would not know chocolate! And everyone knows life would not be
>>worth living without chocolate. Finally, I would like to point out that Dame Edna would have NEVER written such blatantly offensive material about
>>African-Americans or Jews, for obvious reasons. It seems that Dame Edna
>>AND the Editors of Vanity Fair believe that Latinos and Latin
>>Americans cannot read, and even if we could, we would never be Vanity Fair
>>readers. For the life of me, I still cannot figure out why you chose to
>>feature Salma Hayek on the cover and in an article celebrating her success
>>immediately following such an offensive piece.
>>
>> I demand an apology in print in the next issue of
>>Vanity Fair from the Editors and from Dame Edna. In the meantime, I will
>>be mobilizing everyone I know to boycott and protest Vanity Fair.
>>
>>
>> By the way, I am a 31-year old Mexican-American
>>woman, with three Ivy League degrees, working in New York City at a major
>>firm. I sure as hell am NOT the leaf blower or the help, and I think all
>>of you need to go to college.
>>
>>
>> Wendy Maldonado
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>> 1. Wendy Maldonado, Jackson Heights, NY
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>> 2. Jasmine J. Friedman, New York, NY
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>> 3. Angelique Jewell, New York, NY
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>> 4. Paula Cserei, Houston, TX
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>> 5. Monica Cardenas, Houston, TX
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>> 6. Denise de la Cruz; Houston, TX
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>> 7. Ana Aguirre, Houston, TX
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>> 8. Elisa Mendez, Fort Lee, NJ
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>> 9. Elizabeth Vidal, Orlando, FL
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>> 10. Mirta Fernandez, WNY, NJ
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>> 11. Jessica Feria, North Bergen, NJ
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>> 12. Jeannie Feria, North Bergen, NJ
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>> 13. Barbara Perez, North Bergen. NJ
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>> 14. Angel Perez, North Bergen, NJ
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>> 15. Angelina Deleon, Flemington, NJ
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>> 16. Rolando Deleon, Flemington, NJ
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>> 17. Nilo Calichs, North Bergen, NJ
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>> 18. Alicia Calichs, North Bergen, NJ
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>> 19. Casey Perez, North Bergen, NJ
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>> 20. Dean Perez, North Bergen, NJ
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>> 21. Myrta Gonzalez, Miami, FL
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>> 22. Ramiro Gonzalez, Miami, FL
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>> 23. Patty Villoldo, Miami, FL
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>> 24. Evette Santana, Miami, Fl
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>> 25. Gina Lopez, Miami, FL
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>> 26. Javier E. Baena, Miami, FL
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>> 27. Annette Navarro, Miami, FL
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>> 28. Liz Hurtado, Orange, CA
>> 29. Miguel Angel Lara, Fountain Valley, CA
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>> 30 Joe Purizaca, Downey, CA
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>> 31. Omar E. Hernandez, Los Angeles, CA
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>> 32. Alan Galiano, Los Angeles, CA
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>> 33. Alberto Ruiz, Los Angeles, CA
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>> 34. Teresita Rodriguez, Los Angeles, CA
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>> 35. Paul Dominguez, Los Angeles, CA
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>> 36. David Ray, Los Angeles, C.A.
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>> 37. Hector Calderon, Pasadena, C.A.
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>> 38. Ana Lydia Ochoa, West Los Angeles, CA
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>> 39. Rene Yanes, Van Nuys, CA
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>> 40. Marion Meszaros, Encino, CA
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>> 41. Wendy Gonzalez, Los Angeles, CA
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>> 42. Linda C. Castaņeda, Los Angeles, CA
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>> 43. Monica Taboada, Van Nuys, CA
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>> 44. Hector Velazquez, North Hollywood, CA
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>> 45. Cristian Lopez, North Hollywood, CA
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>> 46. Rocio Lopez, Sylmar, CA
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>> 47. Suzy Ruiz, North Hollywood, CA
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>> 48. Rachel Galaviz, Sun Valley, Ca.
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>> 49. Selena Templeton, Long Beach, CA
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>> 50. Kathleen Gutierrez, Norwalk, CA
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>> 51. Diana Perez, Corona, CA
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>> 52. Ida Lopez, Corona, CA
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>> 53. Gloria Charles (Morales)
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>> 54. Laura Urrutia, Corona, CA
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>> 55. Linda Velarde-Degen, Corona, CA
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>> 56. Sandra Ramos, Corona, CA
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>> 57. Ann Marie DuPont, Palm Springs, CA
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>> 58. Brenda Herrera, Hacienda Heights, CA
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>> 59. Evelyn Castaņon, Chino Hills, CA
>> 60. Beatrice Rosenfeld, COlumbus, OH
>> 61. Alejandro Rosenfeld, Columbus, OH & San Diego,
>>CA
>> 62. Jose & Vanessa Carrillo, San Diego, CA
>>63. Jorge Gutierrez Becerril, Mexico, DF
64. Jose Barraza, LaGrande, OR
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typical Vanity Fair comment 12.Feb.2003 19:40

whatever

The vanity fair response was typical of a comfortable elite
used to seing hispanics as a source of cheap labor for the products sold within the magazine. I can't believe anyone would be surprised by this. In a sense its a measure of the
feel-good blindness we are surrounded by. And one wonders why we are still allowing them to be our rulers?

Authors of magazines such as Vanity Fair just need to put down their uppity slaves every so often, just as long as it is couched in cynical tones, its cool. Your surprised some product of the Yale journalism school would have an attitude?

This is what those just across the border are working for: with 14 hour shifts at pennies a day at chemically poisoned, and dangerous border towns; so some fucking anglo can knock them down.

I hope we get our keisters kicked when they revolt.

yep 12.Feb.2003 22:32

monkeygrrrl

here's another tidbit of racism in fashion mags for you: Cosmo has had, in its history, only THREE black women on the cover. Halle Barry was recently, but before that it was prominent black fashion model (forgot her name) in 1991! Don't know who was the first. Pathetic.