Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rebecca Black Is in the Political Endorsement Business Now

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

You might sort of remember Rebecca Black from her smash YouTube hit "Friday" and her successive attempts to turn the mockery of the universe into lasting fame, but now she's taking whatever notoriety she still retains and making an endorsement in the Mexican Presidential race. Seriously. This is actually what's happening.

It may come as a shock to many but Rebecca Black is in fact Latina. As she proudly stated in this mun2 interview, her mother is Mexican. Yet, her cultural heritage may not be as strange or shocking as the political stance that the 14-year-old YouTube singing sensation recently took in Mexico.

Black showed her support for PRI presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto in a video posted by his supporters on the web on Monday. Her statements were made during a recent PRI meeting in the state of Morelos.

“I believe that Peña Nieto is going to do a fantastic job,” the teen said with her mother at her side in a room full of young PRI supporters. Black’s mother, Georgina Marquez, translated her words into Spanish, as the singer is not fully proficient in that language.

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But the video by the Mexican-American Rebecca Black was not very well taken by many social media users in Mexico, who wondered how a 14-year-old from California, who does not speak Spanish properly, ended up endorsing a Mexican presidential candidate, and “interfering” in that country’s elections.

“I think this is a bad joke from the PRI,” said Astrid Capon, an entertainment reporter who hosts a videoblog on Youtube.

“This girl is not Mexican, she is not well informed (on the country’s politics) and for the PRI to believe that because she is famous, young people will follow (her views) is almost offensive,” Capon said in her videoblog.

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