Dear Michelle Malkin: Quit Hatin’!

6 Apr

*Note: Sorry today’s post is a bit negative (rant warning!)! If you’re in the mood for a laugh today, check out the following:

Finding the Right Taco

How to Speak Like a Mexicano: American Slang

Well Now You’re Just Showing Off

I wasn’t planning on blogging about this, but as the story keeps getting bigger I’m having a hard time keeping my thoughts under my hat. Go ahead and read this article before continuing:

Done? Good. The author of this article, Ms. Malkin, seems to have lost herself in her own ideas. Just by reading the article, the sensationalism appears obvious to me, and I’m not sure why it’s not obvious to others. (Take into account that this is just one article of many similar ones on the same story.) Here are the reasons I am pissed off:

First, do none of these reporters realize that the guy was wasted? Or do they just not want to say it out loud? They mention that he had been out that night, that he was caught on surveillance tape stumbling out of his room, and that he decided it would be a great idea to forego his hotel room and instead spend the night on a lounger by the pool. An obviously drunk spring breaker ends up with head injuries, and all of a sudden Cancun is a horrific and dangerous place to vacation? Excuse me, but I believe this happens to drunk people in every city every weekend, and it never makes it past the local news. The family is screaming “random violence”, but I’d bet my money that he mouthed off somebody, or simply had a nasty fall.

Second, I also fail to see why Cancun is the bad guy when it was *probably* a fellow American (assuming that it was an act of violence). Every hotel in Cancun’s Hotel Zone is extremely strict about letting in people who aren’t guests (believe me, I’ve tried). Most guests are Americans, especially during Spring Break. I’m not saying there’s no possibility a Mexican could have done this to Zeke, but it seems improbable, and we certainly shouldn’t jump to conclusions that damage reputations.

Third, and as one commenter whose husband works at the airport pointed out, why is Zeke’s aunt crying “corruption” when they were the ones who pushed money onto the authorities to evacuate their son more quickly? Nobody asked them for money, and Zeke would have been able to leave quickly even without a bribe. (If I made what they’re making, I would have taken free money, too.)

Cancun International Airport

Fourth, the aunt criticizes the airport for an armed search of the plane before it took off, possibly wasting precious time. Did the reporter fail to investigate that the President had just been in Cancun, and many important authorities were still in the area? Of course there have to be high safety measures. I wouldn’t expect any less.

Sorry for the rant. It’s just very frustrating that incidents of violence happening in two far-off cities affect the reputation of everybody, and that a drunk spring breaker who busts his head open makes everyone think Cancun is dangerous.

Here are my closing statements:
-Don’t get drunk, kids! If you do, for the love of God stay in your hotel room or at Señor Frog’s.
-Every city has bad areas and good areas. Cancun has very few bad areas compared to most cities, and they’re very hard for a tourist to find unless they’re looking for trouble.
-Acts of violence happen in every city. This is hardly anything in comparison to some of the headlines in the States this week (three people shot in a Hollywood restaurant??), so why is innocent Cancun being boycotted?
-I realize Zeke is not to blame here. It’s mostly sensationalist media coverage that gets to me. I hope Zeke makes a speedy recovery and that authorities can get to the bottom of the situation.

Sorry for the negative post (again). Check back on Thursday for a more upbeat post on one of my favorite places: Chabihau, Yucatan!

14 Responses to “Dear Michelle Malkin: Quit Hatin’!”

  1. Ashlie April 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    I agree with you wholeheartedly regarding your assessment of Michelle Malkin’s article which was written with the intent to incite anger. I also agree with all of your statements in your blog. Cancun is no different than any other city and I, too, am tired of all of the exaggerated and often completely false information that is continually spread in the news concerning Cancun and Mexico in general. A reporter should investigate their stories more fully and be held accountable for spreading hatelful untrue propaganda!! Well Gringanation now you have me ranting as well. 🙂

  2. Ashlie April 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    I do, of course, wish Zeke a speedy recovery and my heart goes out to his family.

  3. katie April 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    I feel strange leaving this comment on this particular post, but you are doing SO WELL with your blog! I feel like a proud mama! Let me know if you need more advice or want help promoting it. Also, are you on Twitter? You should be.

    love you, lady! a friend of mine has a timeshare in mexico that we are discussing using… i will keep you updated… i know we’ve talked about it a lot but dammit, i really want to see you!

  4. KfromMichigan April 6, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Well, the guy got drunk .. so Cancun is the blame! I do wish him a speedy recovery, but don’t blame Cancun on his foolish mistake. DON’T get DRUNK kids. I would bet he fell. No Mexican in that hotel attacked him.

    I’ve been going to Cancun for 27 years, sometimes 3 & 4 times a year .. alone, with girlfriends and my husband, NOTHING has ever happened. As for the medical assistance .. my girlfriend was hit by a boat in Puerto Morelos, she has surgery in Cancun and got excellent care. My Mother fell at my timeshare and had surgery on her arm. She got great care and the medical staff in both instances were wonderful.

    I did read the comments on the news article .. praises go to Rivergirl.

    I agree with you .. but I think you know that.

  5. Tiffanie April 7, 2010 at 1:13 am #

    My mother heard this story on the radio here I believe. But regardless, luckily I had already told her about your other post about negative propoganda in the news about Mexico and she remembered!!! Thank goodness. It’s awful how people embellish things.

  6. gringation April 7, 2010 at 1:29 am #

    Ashlie: Thanks! Sadly, it’s not just her saying bad things. *sigh* What to do?

    Katie: I need to e-mail ya tomorrow about the pros of Twitter… I still don’t get it! haha Yay! Come visit! The wedding is July 22, if you can make it. If not, I’m pleased to show you around anytime.

    KfromMichigan: Yeah, Rivergirl was awesome. 🙂 So nice to hear positive stories from your family! I needed to hear that, so thanks. I’ve always seen good health care in Cancun, with the exception of the dreaded IMSS public health care.

    Tiff: Yay!! Go mom! She shoulda called in and told them off haha. I agree Mexico has its issues, it just bothers me to no end how they put a negative blanket over the entire country when it’s limited to certain people/cities.

  7. Kathryn April 7, 2010 at 2:38 am #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following!

    And yes, heaven forbid someone goes to Cancun and DRINKS! It is definitely a sad story, though. The things that made me the angriest was a comment a reader had left: “With all of the violence and injustice in Mexico, is it time for us to boycott Mexico as a tourist destination? I know I have.” Because there’s no violence or injustice in America, no sir.

  8. Magpie April 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    I read it and I agree with you and I have only one more thing to add…

    His name is ZEKE. Seriously. You already know his parents are mentally deficient, giving him a name like that.

  9. gringation April 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Kathryn: Yes, that particular comment set me off as well! I’ve heard more violent stories in the US, by far.

    Magpie: HAHAHAHA (His real name is Joseph… “Zeke” is a nickname… *shudder*) Hope you get better soon, Zeke!

  10. Krysten April 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    Ugh. I hate when a whole city is blamed for someone’s stupid mistake.

    I’ve been to Cancun. Hell, I’ve been to quite a few cities in Mexico. And if you are a responsible person that isn’t trying to find trouble you’ll be just fine.

    Hell, I could go into Minneapolis today and get myself into trouble if I really wanted to. Is it the city’s fault? No. It’s mine for being stupid.

    People need to learn to take responsibility.

  11. Sheilan April 8, 2010 at 2:59 am #

    This is another case of totally irresponsible journalism with little regard as to the truth of this tragic incident. I live in Cancun during the winter and have always felt safe. My home town is Vancouver, Canada and I feel safe there too, despite all the drive-by gang shootings, drug related violence and other crimes that happen on a daily basis. Unfortunately, crime and violence is rife in any city….it is a sad fact of life. To target Mexico and Cancun in particular, because a young and drunk Spring-breaker is found with a head injury by a deserted pool late at night, is blatant sensationalism. As for the purported “bribes” at the airport, my guess is that the family was so distraught, that they, or their hired handler, thought it would be necessary, given all the bad press about Mexico in general. Too bad the reporter wasn’t around when Hurricane Wilma hit Cancun to see how well the Mexican hotel staff and authorities did everything possible to aid and assist and keep safe the many thousands of tourists staying at that time in Cancun.
    Of course the family is shocked and horrified as any parent would be, regardless of where it happened and why, which makes the Malkin article even more reprehensible to exploit such an unfortunate situation.
    I wish the young man a full and speedy recovery.

  12. The Drama Mama April 8, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    I confess I didn’t read the article, but I didn’t need to. I enjoy your writing, whether it be humorous or more on the serious side like today. I also appreciate that you stop by my blog every day and comment. You rock my world. And you know, you are completely right here too. Even in my small town, if you really wanted it, all you have to do is look at a redneck the wrong way and you’ve got it. LOL. I think you’d probably find more problems here between the rednecks and skinheads then you would taking a vacation in Cancun.

  13. gringation April 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    Krysten: Definitely! It’s all about making good decisions more than about the city itself… and that applies everywhere. (I love your Where I Live Wednesdays, BTW!)

    Sheilan: Thanks for bringing up Wilma! What a difficult situation, but I remember tourists at the time telling me about how every hotel employee worked around-the-clock to make sure everything was as good as could be for the guests. In Cancun, the hotels really do take great care of the tourists. I hope Ms. Malkin comes to her senses.

    Drama Mama: Thanks! You’re sweet. I’ve tried explaining the “redneck” concept to Mexicans, but there doesn’t seem to be a Mexican equivalent.

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